Log-jamming in Shin Kiba

| Jul 27, 2013

Log-jamming in Shin Kiba

by Kit Nagamura

Last month, readers of this column found me frolicking in the sawdust and lumberyards of Shin Kiba — meaning “New Wood Place” — which arose on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay in the 1970s when the city’s timber businesses were moved there from their ...

Renovated Kabukiza reopens in Ginza district

Apr 3, 2013

Renovated Kabukiza reopens in Ginza district

The Kabukiza theater, spiritual home of the 410-year-old performing art, reopened Tuesday in Ginza, Tokyo, after a three-year hiatus following extensive renovation work. As part of the “kokera otoshi” series of performances to commemorate the grand opening, both veteran and young actors will perform ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...