Renowned kabuki actor Sakata Tojuro dies at 88

Entertainment News Nov 15, 2020

Renowned kabuki actor Sakata Tojuro dies at 88

Famed kabuki actor Sakata Tojuro IV, who was a designated living national treasure and a master of the kamigata style of kabuki performed in western Japan, died of natural causes at a Tokyo hospital on Thursday, it was announced Saturday. He was 88. He leaves ...

Kabuki rolls with the times and launches paid streaming site

Stage Aug 26, 2020

Kabuki rolls with the times and launches paid streaming site

Online streaming of videos of kabuki plays, including an adaptation of a manga and an animated film by Oscar-winning Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, began on Wednesday amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Shochiku Co., the operator of the Kabukiza Theatre and producer of kabuki performances, is ...

Kabuki looks to Olympics to broaden its audience

Stage Aug 6, 2019

Kabuki looks to Olympics to broaden its audience

In an effort to reach a broader audience ahead of next year's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Japan's National Theatre is accommodating international guests of traditional kabuki performances by using in-show commentary and English subtitles. On a day during the early summer rainy season, the venue ...

Transforming the traditional world of kabuki with Kinoshita-Kabuki

Stage Mar 12, 2019

Transforming the traditional world of kabuki with Kinoshita-Kabuki

by Nobuko Tanaka

For many people, the mention of kabuki brings to mind images of exaggerated makeup on actors' white-painted faces, beautiful kimono costumes and colorful sets with dramatic backdrops. Then there are the distinctive standardized movements; classic poses (mie) expressing certain emotions; the precisely choreographed fights and ...