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KANTO

‘Kabuki: Theaters during the Edo Period’

SUNTORY MUSEUM OF ART

by Tomohiro Osaki

Staff Writer

Since the Edo Period (1603-1867), kabuki has been an important source of national pride in Japan, and though it has undergone some key changes over the years, it remains a popular form of entertainment.

Curated to celebrate this April’s reopening of Tokyo’s Kabuki-za theater, which has been undergoing renovations for the past few years, this exhibition showcases a variety of kabuki-related works. Also on display are profile pictures of actors, as well as some of their personal belongings.

The exhibition offers not only a comprehensive history of the development of kabuki, but also a portrayal of the art form’s influence on the public. Some of the works on display will alternate during the exhibition period; till March 31.

Suntory Museum of Art; (03) 3479-8600; Tokyo Midtown Gardenside 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo; Roppongi Station, Hibiya Line. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri., Sat., Feb. 10 till 8 p.m., March 23 till 12 a.m.). ¥1,300. Closed Tue. www.suntory.com/sma.