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 ...

Mourners bid farewell to Kabuki master Kanzaburo

Dec 28, 2012

Mourners bid farewell to Kabuki master Kanzaburo

Mourners gathered Thursday at a Tokyo temple to bid farewell to Nakamura Kanzaburo, the late kabuki master whose talent as an actor and producer helped broaden the popularity of the traditional Japanese performing art. The funeral for Kanzaburo, who died Dec. 5 at age ...

Kabuki going strong, 400 years on

| Dec 28, 2010

Kabuki going strong, 400 years on

by Alex Martin

The media frenzy over kabuki star Ichikawa Ebizo’s drunken midnight brawl in Tokyo last month may be a testament to how, 400 years after its birth, the genre remains a highly popular form of entertainment integral to Japanese culture. Despite Japan’s radical transition from ...

Kabuki mecca's days numbered

Oct 23, 2008

Kabuki mecca's days numbered

by Reiji Yoshida

The Kabukiza Theatre, a Tokyo landmark and the mecca of the traditional performance art, will soon vanish to be replaced by a new office-theater complex despite pleas from architects to preserve the building. Shochiku Co. announced this week it will end kabuki performances at ...

Young actors keep kabuki flourishing

Mar 2, 2006

Young actors keep kabuki flourishing

by Janice Tang

Shinosuke Nakamura and his friend, Kyoju Nakamura, walk into a cafe near the Kabukiza Theater in Tokyo in jeans and stylish jackets, just like any other young men in their 20s. But when they return to work, they are serious kabuki actors dressed in ...