Kyoto's Minamiza Theater is home to kabuki just as Broadway is to musicals, and from Nov. 30 to Dec. 26 the theater will hold its annual kaomise (which literally translates to "face-showing") performances to highlight its roster of actors for the upcoming season.
This year's event, titled "The Festive Kaomise Production: Grand Kabuki Starring Actors from East and West," will feature nationally acclaimed veteran performers such as Sakata Tojuro IV and Kataoka Nizaemon XV.
The Japan Times has five pairs of tickets to give away for matinee performances between Dec. 16 and 20.
The matinee shows will start at 10:30 a.m. with "Terutora Haizen" by Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725), a playwright who is often likened to Shakespeare. This will be followed by two other plays and then "Kanadehon Chushingura," which is based on the famous story of 47 ronin (masterless samurai) avenging their slain master.
To apply online, visit www.japantimes.co.jp/ticket-giveaway/minamiza-theater-matinee-kabuki. The deadline is Dec. 6. (Yuki Yamauchi)