Rewind the story of the past through the gorgeous Kabuki Performance~

kabuki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Overview   

 

Kabuki is one of Japanese traditional stage performances. Its history dates back to Edo era, when Izumono Okuni, a female shaman of Izumo Taisha Shrine, started a dance performance in Kyoto. Originally women played in the Kabuki performance, but since late Edo era, only men are allowed to perform on stage.

The word ‘Kabuki’ derives from a Japanese word ‘kabuku’, meaning being out of the ordinary or dressing in extravagant attire. You can feel the meaning of this word through the performance of actors in gorgeous and colorful costumes wearing eye-catching makeup acting in an exaggerated way on the dynamic stage sets including revolving platforms, trapdoors and ‘hanamichi (footbridge)’.

 

 

 

 

    Theaters   

 

Here are some theaters which offer Kabuki performances.

 

 

Tokyo

【Name】Kabukiza Theater

【Address】4-12-15, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo, 104-0061

【Nearest Station】Higashi-Ginza Station (Hibiya/ Asakusa Subway Lines)

【Phone】03-3545-6800

【URL】http://www.kabuki-za.co.jp/

 

歌舞伎座

 

 

【Name】Shinbashi Embujo

【Address】6-18-2, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo, 104-0061

【Nearest Station】Higashi-Ginza Station (Hibiya/ Asakusa Subway Lines)

【Phone】03-3541-2600

【URL】http://www.shinbashi-enbujo.co.jp/

 

新橋演舞場

 

 

 

【Name】National Theater

【Address】4-1, Hayabusa Town, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo 102-8656

【Nearest Station】Hanzomon Station (Yurakucho/Hanzomon/Nanboku Subway Lines)

【Phone】03-3265-7411

【URL】http://www.ntj.jac.go.jp/english.html

 

東京都千代田区隼町4−1

 

 

 

Osaka

【Name】Shochikuza Theater

【Address】1-9-19, Dotombori, Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka, 542-0071

【Nearest Station】Namba Station (Midosuji/Yotsubashi/Sennichimae Subway Lines)

【Phone】06-6214-2211

【URL】http://www.shochiku.co.jp/play/shochikuza/

 

大阪府大阪市 中央区道頓堀1−9−19

 

 

 

 

 

Kyoto

【Name】Minamiza Theater

【Address】Shijo-Ohashi Higashidume, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto, 605-0075

【Nearest Station】Gion-Shijo Station (Keihan Line)/ Kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Line)

【Phone】075-561-1155

【URL】http://www.shochiku.co.jp/play/minamiza/

 

 

 

 

 

Fukuoka

【Name】Hakataza Theater

【Address】2-1, Shimokawabata Machi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka 812-8615

【Nearest Station】Nakasu Kawabata Station

【Phone】092-263-5555

【URL】http://www.hakataza.co.jp/

 

福岡県福岡市博多区下川端町2−1

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Tickets   

 

You can book tickets for performances on the websites above. Fees charge depends on your choice of plays and seat; the price ranges from about JPY 4,000 (USD $34) to JPY 20,000 (USD $167). One play lasts about 2 to 3 hours on average, but if you don’t have time to see whole the show, get a ticket for ‘makumi’, watching one act of the play.

Makumi tickets are sold only at Kabukiza Theater in Tokyo. Since you it cannot be bought advance, you need to go to the ticket counter on the performance day. It normally costs JPY 1,000 (USD $9) to JPY 2,000 (USD $17).

 

 

 

 

 

   How to enjoy   

 

Prepare for the performance

We recommend you to learn the story of the performance before going to the theater. Kabuki is conveyed in classical Japanese, so it is hard even for Japanese people to fully understand the play. Background knowledge will help you enjoy Kabuki more.

 

 

Get an audio guide

English guide service is available at some theaters. You can get an English headset for around JPY 1,500 (USD $12.04). It will provide you information (about the dialogue, music, dance, properties and so on) in English.

 

 

Shouts from the audience

You might be startled by some audience shouting out names of the actors on stage. All kabuki actors have a ‘yago’ (hereditary stage name), usually continued through generations within families. Shouting out ‘yago’ at an appropriate timing is a sign of applause and encouragement. Why not try shouting yago as well?

 

 

Japanese food and sake during the breaks

Kabuki is a long play which lasts about 3 hours (depending on the program) with 2 to 3 breaks 30 minutes. Restaurants inside theatres offer traditional Japanese meals and ‘bento (boxed meals)’ and sushi, sandwiches and sweets are available at some bars. There are also wide ranges of refreshment, such as sake (Japanese liquor)! But you should stop eating when the break ended, and concentrate on the performance.

 

 

Dress code

You don’t have to be dressed up, but modest clothing and footwear are recommended. On the first day of a run, you might see some women dress in traditional kimono.

 

 

 

 

 

   Plays to watch   

 

There are two genres of Kabuki, Sewamono (domestic plays) and Jidaimono (historic plays). Sewamono is stories about lifestyles of town-people or peasants, sad romance such as love-suicide, while Jidaimono focuses on historic events from 12th to 14th century. Yomiuri Shimbun took a survey in 2008 and it was revealed that the most popular kabuki plays are ‘’Kanjincho ’’ (‘’The Subscription List’’), ‘’Yoshitsune Senbonzakura’’ (‘’Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees’’) and ‘’Kyoganoko Musume Dojoji’’. If you haven’t decided what you will watch yet, let’s choose one of these!

 

 

 

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