Expats to be offered kabuki music experience in Tokyo

Feb 13, 2017

Expats to be offered kabuki music experience in Tokyo

Foreign residents in Tokyo will have the opportunity to try their hand at nagauta, the musical accompaniment to kabuki theater, in February and March. Played on shamisen, a musical instrument resembling a lute, kabuki musicians who usually perform at Tokyo's Kabukiza Theater will perform part ...

Kabuki actor, silent film narrator keep traditions alive

Oct 28, 2016

Kabuki actor, silent film narrator keep traditions alive

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For kabuki actor Onoe Kikunosuke and silent film narrator Ichiro Kataoka, keeping old traditions alive and sharing them with as many local and foreign fans as possible remain their mission. Kikunosuke, who performed in an onnagata female role in "Sagi Musume" ("Heron Maiden") in an ...

'Scary Pictures of Ukiyo-e'

/ Aug 2, 2016

'Scary Pictures of Ukiyo-e'

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Aug. 2-Aug. 28 The game kimodameshi can be a scary way to chill your bones on a hot summer night. It involves daring a friend to venture into a supposedly haunted place and return with some kind of souvenir to prove their courage. The Ota Memorial ...

Mar 31, 2016

Kabuki actor Kataoka ties the knot with actress Fujiwara

Actress Norika Fujiwara and Kabuki actor Kataoka Ainosuke tied the knot on Wednesday, their management agencies said, after they announced being in a relationship in August. Fujiwara and Kataoka, both 44, will hold a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday to talk about their nuptials. It ...

Kabuki actor heir to revered name

Jun 26, 2014

Kabuki actor heir to revered name

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Nakamura Kanjaku has expressed excitement about succeeding to the revered kabuki name Ganjiro, which was passed down by his father, grandfather and great-grandfather. "Finally, I will inherit this great name (in January 2015)," the 55-year-old kabuki actor said at a news conference in Tokyo in ...