Expats to be offered kabuki music experience in Tokyo

Feb 13, 2017

Expats to be offered kabuki music experience in Tokyo

Foreign residents in Tokyo will have the opportunity to try their hand at nagauta, the musical accompaniment to kabuki theater, in February and March. Played on shamisen, a musical instrument resembling a lute, kabuki musicians who usually perform at Tokyo’s Kabukiza Theater will perform ...

Kabuki actor, silent film narrator keep traditions alive

Oct 28, 2016

Kabuki actor, silent film narrator keep traditions alive

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For kabuki actor Onoe Kikunosuke and silent film narrator Ichiro Kataoka, keeping old traditions alive and sharing them with as many local and foreign fans as possible remain their mission. Kikunosuke, who performed in an onnagata female role in “Sagi Musume” (“Heron Maiden”) in ...

'Scary Pictures of Ukiyo-e'

/ Aug 2, 2016

'Scary Pictures of Ukiyo-e'

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Aug. 2-Aug. 28 The game kimodameshi can be a scary way to chill your bones on a hot summer night. It involves daring a friend to venture into a supposedly haunted place and return with some kind of souvenir to prove their courage. The ...

Kabuki heads for glitzy Las Vegas

Jan 19, 2016

Kabuki heads for glitzy Las Vegas

Japan’s elaborate all-male kabuki theater is heading to glitzy Las Vegas for a series of paid shows, organizers said Monday, in a bid to spread the classical Japanese art form to a global audience. Japanese film and theater company Shochiku said it would present ...

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 ...