Kabuki actor Bando Mitsugoro X dies at 59

Feb 23, 2015

Kabuki actor Bando Mitsugoro X dies at 59

Renowned kabuki actor Bando Mitsugoro X died Saturday in a Tokyo hospital. He was 59 and had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. Mitsugoro, born Hisashi Morita, was head of the Bando-ryu school of classical Japanese dance. He played a wide range of roles in ...

Kabuki souvenir shop to open in Narita airport

Feb 2, 2015

Kabuki souvenir shop to open in Narita airport

Narita International Airport Corp. will open a kabuki store in the airport on March 27 to promote the traditional Japanese art form. The 90-sq.-meter Kabuki Gate in Terminal One will exhibit life-size mannequins wearing kabuki costumes. Kabuki-related goods such as fans and T-shirts will ...

Kabuki actor heir to revered name

Jun 26, 2014

Kabuki actor heir to revered name

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Nakamura Kanjaku has expressed excitement about succeeding to the revered kabuki name Ganjiro, which was passed down by his father, grandfather and great-grandfather. “Finally, I will inherit this great name (in January 2015),” the 55-year-old kabuki actor said at a news conference in Tokyo ...

Cocoon Kabuki enters a new era

Jun 18, 2014

Cocoon Kabuki enters a new era

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Theatre Cocoon in the Bunkamura performance-arts hub of Tokyo’s vibrant Shibuya district has always been a popular venue specializing in new works by fresh contemporary writers. Emblematic of this is Cocoon Kabuki, its unique series begun in 1994 under the then Artistic Director Kazuyoshi ...

Outdoor kabuki marks Skytree anniversary

May 28, 2014

Outdoor kabuki marks Skytree anniversary

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To commemorate the second anniversary of the May 22, 2012 opening of Tokyo Skytree, the leading kabuki actors Nakamura Shichinosuke and Onoe Matsuya last Saturday performed the popular dance-based piece “Dango-Uri” (“The Dumpling Sellers”) on an outdoor stage in the Sky Arena at the ...

Fast lane awaits kabuki actor's bold lead debut

Apr 30, 2014

Fast lane awaits kabuki actor's bold lead debut

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Some roles demand quick changes of clothes or character, but in the whole wide world of theater, “Haji Momiji Ase no Kaomise” (“A Blushing Maple Perspires in Public”) — aka “Date no Juyaku” (“The 10 Roles of the Date House”) — is probably the ...

Kichiemon Nakamura II : For the love of 'Chushingura'

Nov 27, 2013

Kichiemon Nakamura II : For the love of 'Chushingura'

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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

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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 ...