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Audiences at the Asakusa Kokaido venue in Tokyo have been welcoming 2013 in with some high culture.

Ichikawa Ebizo XI opened the public hall’s program for the new year with a 45-minute piece titled “Kotobuki Soga no Taimen” (“The Soga Brothers Meet their Enemy”). The day-long program of kabuki consists of two parts, the first of which includes two numbers and the second, three.

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