New Kabukiza theater, tower completed in Tokyo

Kyodo

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 Sakata Tojuro, a kabuki actor recognized by the government as a living national treasure, and officials of kabuki producer Shochiku Co.

The first show for a general audience in the new theater will be performed April 2.

The theater first opened in 1889, after which it was badly damaged by the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake and the firebombing during World War II.

It was closed in 2010 due to old age. The exterior and the seating layout remain the same, but the facility has been made more barrier-free for the disabled. It can accommodate an audience of about 1,800.