"Kodo One Earth Tour 2016: Mystery" Europe Tour

"Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery," the second work directed by artistic director Tamasaburo Bando, will tour around Europe from January through March 2016. We look forward to sharing the wondrous and sacred "mystery" that lies deep within Japanese folk arts with audiences throughout Europe.

This time, I created this piece with the idea that theatre-goers would experience the mood of mystery that they meet at a temple or a shrine, or when you go into the forest - places that are removed from daily life. A feeling that emerges from deep darkness. At the end of the show, I'll be happy if they leave with a sense of purification.

Tamasaburo Bando

Kodo One Earth Tour
Photo: Takashi Okamoto

Amidst reverberations like rumbles in the earth large serpents coil, demons and lions move wildly. They surface from the gloomy dark, eerie at times, and in some respects, even nostalgic… This work fuses Kodo's real worth, the dynamism of taiko expression, with the wondrous beauty and true charm that lie within rituals expressing the worship of myriad gods and reverence for nature that have been traditions in Japan since ancient times. This performance takes you on a voyage to the extraordinary, to a mysterious realm that lies in the beyond.

We hope you will enjoy the profound world of "Mystery."


Tamasaburo Bando

Assistant Director:

Yosuke Oda




Masayuki Sakamoto, Eri Uchida, Mariko Omi, Yosuke Kusa, Shogo Komatsuzaki, Akiko Ando, Yuta Sumiyoshi, Tetsumi Hanaoka, Kosuke Urushikubo, Jun Jidai, Koki Miura, Ryoma Tsurumi, Kengo Watanabe, Reo Kitabayashi, Tomoe Miura


Jan.–Mar. 2016