One Earth Tour 2013
Photo: Taro Nishita

May 18th (Sat)
Start: 6:00 pm
Venue: Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza

Tickets Available from 10:00 am on February 21st (Thu)

General 5,500 yen, Seniors 5,000 yen, Students & Youths 2,000 yen (200-seat limit)

*Youth tickets available for ages 25 years old and younger.
*Students and youths require valid ID for purchase and entry.
*Children under 3 years old will not be permitted.

Box Office Tel: +81-75-791-8240
[ Mon - Fri / 10am - 5pm ]

About Kodo

Photo: Taro Nishita

Exploring the limitless possibilities of the taiko, Kodo is forging new directions for a vibrant living art-form. Since the group’s debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo has given over 3500 performances on all five continents, spending about a third of the year overseas, a third touring in Japan and a third resting and preparing new material on Sado Island.

In Japanese the word "Kodo" conveys two meanings: Firstly, "heartbeat" the primal source of all rhythm. The sound of the great taiko is said to resemble a mother's heartbeat as felt in the womb, and it is no myth that babies are often lulled asleep by its thunderous vibrations. Secondly, read in a different way, the word can mean "children of the drum," a reflection of Kodo's desire to play the drums simply, with the heart of a child.

About "One Earth Tour"

""Yatai-bayashi" Photo: Takashi Okamoto

The world is a kaleidoscope of people and cultures. In this age of exploding populations and lightening-fast communication, it is more important than ever that diverse cultures learn to recognize and accept each other so that all may share our increasingly shrinking planet in harmony. Since ancient times the taiko has been a symbol of community, serving as a link among people, as well as a link between people and the heavens. Through the 'One Earth Tour,' Kodo will continue to bring the sound of the Japanese drum to the ears of the world, and with the taiko's unique ability to transcend the barriers of language and custom, remind us all of our membership in that larger community-- the world.

Photo:Takashi Okamoto

About Kyoto Art Theater: Shunjuza

Established by Kyoto University of Arts and Design in 2001, Kyoto Art Theater is the first full-fledged university-run theater in Japan. The stage and seats were designed based on a Kabuki-theater which contains traditional functions such as Hanamichi (flower path), Mawari Butai (revolving stage) and Toya (awaiting room used by actors). Shunjuza also has an orchestra pit area and can present contemporary and western performing arts including opera.

Directions to Venue

From JR Kyoto Station, Keihan Sanjo station, Hankyu Kawaramachi Station:
-> Take bus #5 for Iwakura, get off at
Kamihatecho Kyoto Zokei Geijyutsu Daigaku Mae
(about 50 minutes from JR Kyoto Stn.)

From subway Marutamachi or Kitaoji Station
-> Take bus #204, get off at Kamihatecho
Kyoto Zokei Geijyutsu Daigaku Mae
(about 15 minutes from either station)

From Keihan Demachi Yanagi Station
-> Transfer to Eizan Densha line, get off at Chayama Station. About 15 minutes-walk to the theater
-> It takes 10 minutes by taxi to the university.

Venue Address

Kyoto University of Arts and Design
2-116 Uryuyama, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8271 Japan
Artistic Director:
Enoh Ichikawa (Since April 1, 2009)