Application Procedure

Application Period

Oct. 1 (Sat)–Nov. 18 (Fri), 2016 (Applications must arrive during this period.)

Apprentice Programme Dates:

Apr. 2017–Jan. 2019 (22-month course)

Intake Capacity:

12 people max.

Training & Lodging Facility:

Kodo Apprentice Centre (Kakinoura, Sado Is., Niigata)

Apprenticeship Requirements

Please note that men and women of all backgrounds, experiences and nationalities are welcome.

Application Method

Please send an email or postcard stating your name, age, address, telephone number, email address, and occupation to the Kodo Apprentice Centre to request an application pack.

Please read carefully through the information supplied, then send in the following documents to apply to the programme:

1. Your resume
*On designated form
2. Statement of health from a physician (showing you are fit for exercise)
Main details required:
1. Medical history, employment history, smoking history
2. Any subjective or objective symptoms noted by physician
3. Height, weight, chest girth, eyesight, hearing ability
4. Chest x-ray
5. Blood pressure
6. Urine analysis
*A copy of physical test results from your school or employer dated April 2016 or later is acceptable.
3. Three essays:
"What I hope to learn at the Kodo Apprentice Centre," "My aims on the Kodo stage," and "My thoughts on the book 'Inochi Moyashite, Tatakeyo. - 30 Years of Kodo -'" (Must be written on designated forms)

Applications are accepted every October, interviews are held the following January, and the course begins in April for successful candidates.

Apprentice Centre Trial Visits

Trial visits can be arranged for future applicants. You can schedule one by contacting the Apprentice Centre. Details of a standard trial stay are listed below.

Kodo Apprentice Centre Information Corner at Kodo "Spiral" Performances at Parthenon Tama on Sep. 17 & 18.

We will set up a Kodo Apprentice Centre Information Corner at the upcoming Kodo "Spiral" performances at Parthenon Tama on Sep. 17 & 18. If you are considering applying for the programme or would like to learn more about the lifestyle and training offered at Kodo Apprentice Centre, please come along. Kodo Ensemble Leader Yuichiro Funabashi will be available on both days to answer any questions.

Apprentice Centre Trial Visit (Standard trial is two days & one night)

[Day 1]
PM: Arrive at Apprentice Centre
Observation of apprentice practice and tour of facilities, meal duty experience, explanation of apprenticeship, observation of individual practice, talk to apprentices, stay overnight at Centre.
[Day 2]
AM: Morning training experience, Apprentice Centre cleaning, agricultural work hands-on experience, practice observation.
Depart from Apprentice Centre around noon.
Day visits with no stay are also possible. (Observation and experience contents will be adjusted to suit your timeframe.) Please note that a fee of 3,000 yen will be charged for Trial Visits.


Kodo Cultural Foundation Apprentice Centre

Yasuhiko Ishihara

885 Kakinoura, Sado, Niigata 952-0857, Japan
Tel. +81-(0)259-28-2999
Fax. +81-(0)259-28-2997
Please include your name and contact telephone number (with country & area codes) with your inquiry, as sometimes a reply by email is not possible due to system errors. Thank you.