'Boys over Flowers' blooms on stage

Jan 7, 2016

'Boys over Flowers' blooms on stage

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‘One Piece,” a new, modern entertainment-focused “Super Kabuki” play based on an eponymous manga series by Eiichiro Oda, closed last month after a hit Tokyo run that showed beyond doubt that manga-based productions are not the preserve of movies and television — where they ...

Super Kabuki 'spells fun'

Mar 12, 2014

Super Kabuki 'spells fun'

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Just like the many native English-speakers who have difficulty understanding the language and classical references in the works of William Shakespeare, so Japanese people generally feel a sense of distance from kabuki, as though it were a foreign language. However, Ennosuke Ichikawa III, who ...

Show marks award of kabuki star's new name

Dec 18, 2013

Show marks award of kabuki star's new name

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Names matter, and in the realm of Japanese culture almost nowhere more than in kabuki, one of whose top names, Ennosuke IV, has just become artistic director of the Shunju-za theater in Kyoto. To mark this event, an exhibition titled “Ennosuke e no Kiseki” ...