The Nippon Foundation Lunchtime Concerts

The Nippon Foundation holds free concerts during the lunch hour in the lobby of The Nippon Zaidan Building, to provide young musicians with an opportunity to perform and contribute to the social environment for people working in the immediate neighborhood. These are casual events, with guests free to arrive and leave as their schedules permit, and are usually attended by approximately 150 persons. Performers are young persons aiming to become professional musicians, mainly in the field of classical music. Programs and performers are arranged along specific themes to deliver unique performances each time. Please stop by when you have a chance.

  • Dates and time: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month; 12:10-12:50
    (Following business day in the event of a holiday)
  • Location: The Nippon Foundation Bow Room
    (1st Floor Lobby, The Nippon Zaidan Building, 1-2-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku Tokyo)

*Admission is free, reservations not required.
*Feel free to bring a snack or lunch, but please refrain from bringing items that will make noise or disturb others.
*Performance times are subject to change.
*Parking is not available. Please use public transportation.
*You may have to stand if the seats are full.

<About The Nippon Foundation Concerts>
The Nippon Foundation moved into its current premises in July 2001, and began holding lunchtime concerts in October 2001 to take advantage of the open atmosphere created by the Bow Room’s glass walls. Initially, concerts by professional musicians were held in the evening and young musicians performed in the afternoon, on an irregular basis and primarily as a social event. After five years the program was reviewed, and a decision was made to focus on “providing opportunities for young musicians to perform.” Regular performances are in the afternoon only, so that people can drop by in a casual atmosphere.