Cocoon Kabuki enters a new era

Jun 18, 2014

Cocoon Kabuki enters a new era

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Theatre Cocoon in the Bunkamura performance-arts hub of Tokyo's vibrant Shibuya district has always been a popular venue specializing in new works by fresh contemporary writers. Emblematic of this is Cocoon Kabuki, its unique series begun in 1994 under the then Artistic Director Kazuyoshi ...

Outdoor kabuki marks Skytree anniversary

May 28, 2014

Outdoor kabuki marks Skytree anniversary

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To commemorate the second anniversary of the May 22, 2012 opening of Tokyo Skytree, the leading kabuki actors Nakamura Shichinosuke and Onoe Matsuya last Saturday performed the popular dance-based piece "Dango-Uri" ("The Dumpling Sellers") on an outdoor stage in the Sky Arena at the ...

Kichiemon Nakamura II : For the love of 'Chushingura'

Nov 27, 2013

Kichiemon Nakamura II : For the love of 'Chushingura'

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As December draws near, the streets are decorated with Christmas ornaments and in Japan, concerts of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony are held all over the nation. In addition to these Western-inspired traditions, there is a made-in-Japan December tradition that has been held since the 18th ...

Ebizo rethinks kabuki's strategy

Oct 3, 2013

Ebizo rethinks kabuki's strategy

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In the glitzy and gossipy world of Japanese celebrity, hardly a week goes by without revelations being made about — or made by — Ichikawa Ebizo XI. For years, the charismatic young star of the kabuki world has never long been out of the media ...

The human kindness of a foxy woman

Jul 10, 2013

The human kindness of a foxy woman

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"Ashiya Doman Ouchi Kagami" ("Mirror of the Imperial Court during the time of Ashiya Doman") depicts the rivalry between two Heian Period characters Abe no Yasuna and Ashiya Doman. It was created as a bunraku by Takeda Izumo in Osaka in October 1734, but ...

Grandma, 95, still making confetti for Kanamaruza's spring kabuki

May 30, 2013

Grandma, 95, still making confetti for Kanamaruza's spring kabuki

Takuko Yamamoto, 95, has helped liven up spring kabuki performances in the town of Kotohira, Kagawa Prefecture, for nearly 30 years by making boxes of confetti to be thrown over the heads of performers during pre-opening parades every year. Yamamoto was also responsible for taking ...

Revamped Kabukiza theater aims to charm a new audience

Mar 29, 2013

Revamped Kabukiza theater aims to charm a new audience

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The Kabukiza is back — with big ambitions and aspirations to make the nation's classical theatrical entertainment more attractive to a 21st-century audience. The reopened kabuki theater — now reconstructed for the fifth time — in the upscale shopping-entertainment district of Ginza, will roll out ...