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The International Theatre Institute is offering half-price tickets to foreigners living in Japan for a Kabuki Night in mid-February in Tokyo. This is the first time half-price tickets have been offered to foreign residents for a night of kabuki.

The tickets are for first-class seats at the Kabuki-za Theatre, one of the only theaters in Japan where one can see performances of the traditional art form.

ITI hopes that watching a live kabuki performance will deepen people’s interest and understanding of Japanese culture.

The Paris-based ITI is an international organization of professionals of theater under the wing of UNESCO.

In February, the Kabuki-za Theatre will be featuring five Living National Treasures — Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Tomijuro, Nakamura Ganjiro and Onoe Kikugoro — as well as kabuki star Kataoka Nizaemon.

The performances will start at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 17, 18 and 19 at the Kabuki-za Theatre.

The tickets are 7,350 yen, half the normal price of 14,700 yen, and the program will include: “Jiisan Baasan” starring Kikugoro and Nizaemon; “Nozaki-Mura” starring Shikan, Jakuemon, Ganjiro and Tomijuro; and “Ninin Wankyu” starring Nizaemon and Kataoka Takataro.

To apply for a reduced price ticket, send an e-mail to: iti@ceres.dti.ne.jp with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, nationality, preferred performance date and the number of tickets you would like to purchase (four tickets maximum). You may also apply for tickets by visiting: www.ceres.dti.ne.jp/~iti

The application deadline is Jan. 20.

If the number of applications exceeds 300, ITI will decide the winners by lottery and notify them by e-mail. Those selected will be given a reservation number and the number of ITI Japan Centre’s bank account. The money for the tickets has to be transferred to the bank account by Jan. 28 and the tickets will be sent by mail.

For inquiries in English, call 090-7017-1691 between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

At the Kabuki-za Theatre, ITI will offer a special rental fee of 500 yen for an English Earphone Guide to help viewers understand the dialogue of the performers. A 1,000 yen deposit is requested. Additionally, an English-language program will be on sale for 1,000 yen.

In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is strongly requesting that residents and visitors exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.

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