Kichiemon Nakamura II : For the love of 'Chushingura'

Nov 27, 2013

Kichiemon Nakamura II : For the love of 'Chushingura'

by Natsume Date

As December draws near, the streets are decorated with Christmas ornaments and in Japan, concerts of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony are held all over the nation. In addition to these Western-inspired traditions, there is a made-in-Japan December tradition that has been held since the 18th ...

Ebizo rethinks kabuki's strategy

Oct 3, 2013

Ebizo rethinks kabuki's strategy

by Tomoko Otake

In the glitzy and gossipy world of Japanese celebrity, hardly a week goes by without revelations being made about — or made by — Ichikawa Ebizo XI. For years, the charismatic young star of the kabuki world has never long been out of the ...

The human kindness of a foxy woman

Jul 10, 2013

The human kindness of a foxy woman

by Rei Sasaguchi

“Ashiya Doman Ouchi Kagami” (“Mirror of the Imperial Court during the time of Ashiya Doman”) depicts the rivalry between two Heian Period characters Abe no Yasuna and Ashiya Doman. It was created as a bunraku by Takeda Izumo in Osaka in October 1734, but ...

Revamped Kabukiza theater aims to charm a new audience

Mar 29, 2013

Revamped Kabukiza theater aims to charm a new audience

by Tomoko Otake

The Kabukiza is back — with big ambitions and aspirations to make the nation’s classical theatrical entertainment more attractive to a 21st-century audience. The reopened kabuki theater — now reconstructed for the fifth time — in the upscale shopping-entertainment district of Ginza, will roll ...

A lovesick nun, magic sandals and a vengeful ghost

Mar 21, 2013

A lovesick nun, magic sandals and a vengeful ghost

by Rei Sasaguchi

“Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome” (“The Sumida River Adorned with Cherry Blossoms”) by Tsuruya Namboku IV (1755-1829), now showing at the National Theater of Japan, was written to be a blockbuster. It was created for the Ichimura-za theater in Edo in 1814, when kabuki was ...

Ginza stage set for Kabukiza's fifth coming

| Mar 19, 2013

Ginza stage set for Kabukiza's fifth coming

by Jun Hongo

The venerable Kabukiza Theater in Tokyo’s Ginza district reopens April 2 after three years of renovations and the addition of a 29-floor attached office tower. A key venue for kabuki and other performances since 1889, the theater will retain its original ornate Japanese facade. ...

New Kabukiza theater, tower completed in Tokyo

Feb 27, 2013

New Kabukiza theater, tower completed in Tokyo

A ceremony was held Tuesday to celebrate the completion of the new Kabukiza theater and an adjacent office building called Kabukiza Tower in the Higashiginza district of central Tokyo. Those present at the event on the top floor of the 29-story Kabukiza Tower included ...