AUGUST 2022

10 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Nihonbashi K˘kaid˘, S˘getsu Hall), 1 in Ky˘to (Minamiza), 2 in ďsaka (National Bunraku Theatre, Kintetsu Art Kan), 1 in Fukuoka (Hakataza), 1 in Nagoya (Misonoza) and 2 in Hakodate (Hakodate K˘kaid˘, Iai Gakuin K˘d˘)!

  • Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Nakamura Hayato and Ichikawa Komaz˘ perform at the Kabukiza!
  • Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ performs at the Minamiza!
  • Nakamura Shid˘ and Hatsune Miku perform at the Hakataza, at the Misonoza and at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘!
  • All the others great Kabuki actors are on vacation ...
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 5 ~ 30 August 2022
    Hachigatsu N˘ry˘ Kabuki
    August Cool-Breeze Kabuki
    1st program

    Shinsen-gumi

    Yami no Ume Hyaku Monogatari

    2nd program

    Ansei Kibun Tsukuda no Yoarashi

    Ukiyo Buro

    3rd program

    T˘kaid˘chű Hizakurige (Yaji Kita RitÔnzu)

    Casting

    Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Nakamura Hayato, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Ichimura Manjir˘, Matsumoto Kingo, Sawamura S˘nosuke, Sawamura Yoshijir˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Ichikawa En'ya, Ichikawa Juen, Ichikawa Seiko, Nakamura Yonekichi, Nakamura Tsurumatsu, Kataoka Sennosuke, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Band˘ Shingo, ďtani Hirotar˘, Nakamura Takanosuke, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Nakamura Toranosuke, Nakamura Fukunosuke, Nakamura Utanosuke, Ichikawa Otora, Nakamura Tamatar˘, Nakamura Kantar˘, Nakamura Ch˘zabur˘, Ichikawa Danko

    Comments

    The August Young Actors Kabuki performances at the Kabukiza. Tezuka Osamu's 1963 manga "Shinsen-gumi" will be adapted to Kabuki for the first time! The story is related to the Shinsen-gumi, a group of pro-Shogunate warriors at the end of the Edo period (Bakumatsu).

  • Shinsen-gumi: this is the first kabuki adaptation of the manga series by Tezuka Osamu. It is set at the end of the Edo period in Ky˘to. Fukakusa Kyűjűr˘ (Nakamura Utanosuke) becomes a member of the Shinsen-gumi, a party of masterless warriors, to avenge his father's death, and gets acquainted with a boy swordsman named Kamagiri Daisaku (Nakamura Fukunosuke). Though they have opposite characters, in time they become good friends after sharing moments of relief during their severe training. One day, Kyűjűr˘ is forced to slay a man while fighting as a member of the Shinsen-gumi and now his own life is sought to avenge that man's death. Starring Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku and Band˘ Yajűr˘ in the roles of Kond˘ Isami, Hijikata Toshiz˘, Sakamoto Ry˘ma and Serizawa Kamo.
  • Yami no Ume Hyaku Monogatari:
    (The Game of a Hundred Lights)
    This is a dance drama based on a popular game in former times to light one hundred lanterns and tell ghost stories. At the conclusion of each story a light was extinguished. When the last remaining lantern was extinguished a real ghost, it was believed, would appear. Starring Nakamura Kankur˘ as skeleton/a peddler of commercial news-sheet by reading it aloud, Nakamura Shichinosuke as the maid servant Shiraume/a snow fairy
  • , Kataoka Sennosuke as shinz˘, Nakamura Toranosuke as kappa, Nakamura Hashinosuke as a tanuki and Nakamura Tanenosuke as an umbrella ghost (kasa ippon ashi).

  • Tsukuda no Yoarashi: Aoki Teijir˘ (Matsumoto K˘shir˘) and Kamiya Genz˘ (Nakamura Kankur˘) spend their days doing hard labor in prison on Tsukuda Island in the early winter of 1858. Aoki, who was formerly a samurai in K˘shű province, hopes to avenge his parents who were killed over the buried gold of Takeda Shingen. As Kamiya knows of Aoki's wish, he encourages Aoki to flee from the island together with him. On the night when they carry out their plan, they climb over the fence of the prison and go across the Sumida River to the riverbank at Fukagawa. They commit one crime after another to earn their traveling expenses. Parting from Kamiya, Aoki sets out for K˘shű province. Featuring also Band˘ Yajűr˘, Nakamura Hayato, Nakamura Yonekichi and Ichimura Manjir˘.
  • Ukiyo Buro: this lively dance evokes the lively atmosphere of the Edo bathhouses. In the Kinoshi-yu bathhouse, the young attendant Sansuke is busy taking care of the customers, pouring hot water on their back. A Japanese slug, shaped as a beautiful woman, nestles close to him and engages Sansuke in a beautiful kudoki. This Nagauta-based dance was premiered in 1937 and starred Ichikawa Ennosuke II. It was added by his grandson Ichikawa Ennosuke III in 1975 in the Omodaka Jűshu collection of dances. Featuring Ichikawa Ennosuke and Ichikawa Danko in the roles of Sansuke and the slug.
  • Yaji Kita RitÔnzu: Yajirobŕ (Matsumoto K˘shir˘) and Kitahachi (Ichikawa Ennosuke) worked as stagehands at the Kabukiza Theatre in Edo's Kobikich˘ district. They set out on a pilgrimage to Ise Shrine dreaming of getting rich quick, and caused various kinds of trouble everywhere they went. But they managed to come through every crisis. Three years have passed since then. At the end of the previous play in this series, fireworks at the Ise Shrine blew them high up in the sky, after which they landed on a remote desert island, but they survived somehow. By this means and that, they manage to arrive in Nagasaki where they learn that the Kabukiza Theatre, where they formerly worked, is in trouble. In order to return to the Kabukiza Theatre, they again have an incident-filled journey, getting over many problems which confront them.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Minamiza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 2 ~ 28 August 2022
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Tokubetsu K˘en
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Special Performances
    Program

    T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan
    Not the t˘shi ky˘gen production, only Act II in its entirety (3 scenes)

    Genroku Hanami Odori

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Kataoka Ainosuke, Kamimura Kichiya, Nakamura Kamenoj˘, Kataoka Matsunosuke, Kitamura Rokur˘, Kawai Yukinoj˘

    Comments

    A special program starring the amazing Living National Treasure onnagata Band˘ Tamasabur˘ in Ky˘to at the Minamiza.

  • Yotsuya Kaidan: Tamiya Iemon, a villainous masterless samurai (Kataoka Ainosuke) is in love with Oiwa (Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘) and even kills her father Yotsuya Samon to be united with her, cynically promising to help her to avenge her father's death. But at the same time, the granddaughter of a wealthy doctor falls in love with him and her grandfather tries to ensure the match by sending a horrible disfiguring poison to Oiwa. In the most famous scene of the play, face destroyed, hair falling out, Oiwa carefully dresses and puts on make-up to pay a proper visit to those who have wronged her. Iemon kills Oiwa and his servant Kobotoke Kohei (Kitamura Rokur˘), has their bodies nailed to a door and thrown into the river. Iemon is happily married into the wealthy family, but no sooner does the beautiful young bride arrive than Oiwa's ghost causes Iemon to kill her. The vengeful ghosts do not rest until all of their enemies are dead and, in another famous scene, Oiwa and Kohei appear floating on the river, calling out to Iemon. The concluding scene shows the ghost of Oiwa appearing mysteriously from inside a paper lantern and pulling her enemies into the wall and disappearing magically.
  • Genroku Hanami Odori:
    (Viewing the Cherry Blossoms in the Genroku Period)
    It is in the Genroku period (late 17th century) and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom on the hill of Ueno in Edo (present day T˘ky˘). Men and women dressed up in showy outfits gather to view cherry blossoms and begin to dance. After the song about the custom of flower viewing in Kyoto, the drunken people start a lively dance. The dance under the cherry blossoms continues endlessly. Starring Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Kataoka Ainosuke, Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, Kitamura Rokur˘ and Kawai Yukinoj˘.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Hakataza (Fukuoka)
    Dates 4 ~ 7 August 2022
    Ch˘kabuki
    Ultra-Kabuki
    Program

    Ch˘kabuki no Mikata

    Tsukisenu Haru Kabuki Odori

    Towa no Hana Homare no Isaoshi [In Japanese]

    Casting

    Nakamura Shid˘, Hatsune Miku, Sawamura Kuniya, Nakamura Ch˘shi, Ogawa Haruki

    Comments

    The world of Kabuki and the world of otaku collide for the 11th time in Kabuki history! Resulting from this spectacular collision, a new genre, the Ch˘kabuki (literally Ultra-Kabuki), was born in 2016 [more details]. Nakamura Shid˘ shares the stage with the virtual 3D creature Hatsune Miku. For the first time in Fukuoka at the Hakataza. The first item in the program is a stage talk about Ch˘kabuki. The second item is a dance-drama written by Matsuoka Ry˘ and staged under the guidance of the Fujima Kanjűr˘ VIII. The last item is the 2022 newly-created drama Ch˘kabuki also written by Matsuoka Ry˘.

    Misonoza (Nagoya)
    Dates 13 ~ 16 August 2022
    Ch˘kabuki
    Ultra-Kabuki
    Program

    Ch˘kabuki no Mikata

    Tsukisenu Haru Kabuki Odori

    Towa no Hana Homare no Isaoshi [In Japanese]

    Casting

    Nakamura Shid˘, Hatsune Miku, Sawamura Kuniya, Nakamura Ch˘shi, Ogawa Haruki

    Comments

    The world of Kabuki and the world of otaku collide for the 12th time in Kabuki history! Resulting from this spectacular collision, a new genre, the Ch˘kabuki (literally Ultra-Kabuki), was born in 2016 [more details]. Nakamura Shid˘ shares the stage with the virtual 3D creature Hatsune Miku. For the first time in in Nagoya at the Misonoza. The first item in the program is a stage talk about Ch˘kabuki. The second item is a dance-drama written by Matsuoka Ry˘ and staged under the guidance of the Fujima Kanjűr˘ VIII. The last item is the 2022 newly-created drama Ch˘kabuki also written by Matsuoka Ry˘.

    Shinbashi Enbuj˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 21 August ~ 3 September 2022
    Ch˘kabuki
    Ultra-Kabuki
    Program

    Ch˘kabuki no Mikata

    Tsukisenu Haru Kabuki Odori

    Towa no Hana Homare no Isaoshi [In Japanese]

    Limited program

    Towa no Hana Homare no Isaoshi [In Japanese]

    Casting

    Nakamura Shid˘, Hatsune Miku, Sawamura Kuniya, Nakamura Ch˘shi, Ogawa Haruki

    Comments

    The world of Kabuki and the world of otaku collide for the 13th time in Kabuki history! Resulting from this spectacular collision, a new genre, the Ch˘kabuki (literally Ultra-Kabuki), was born in 2016 [more details]. Nakamura Shid˘ shares the stage with the virtual 3D creature Hatsune Miku. For the first time in in Nagoya at the Misonoza. The first item in the program is a stage talk about Ch˘kabuki. The second item is a dance-drama written by Matsuoka Ry˘ and staged under the guidance of the Fujima Kanjűr˘ VIII. The last item is the 2022 newly-created drama Ch˘kabuki also written by Matsuoka Ry˘. The main program is staged either once (morning or afternoon) or twice (morning/afternoon). The 23rd and the 31st of August 2022, the main program is staged in the morning and the limited program is staged in the afternoon.

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 6 ~ 7 August 2022
    Ne no Kai
    Program

    Tokiwa no Niwa

    Chikumagawa

    Ch˘ no Michiyuki

    Aki no Irokusa

    Dango Uri

    Comments

    24th edition of the summer program of the association Ne no Kai (literally 'the Sound Association'). The first items in this program are only music performances. The last item is a dance-drama staged under the guidance of Band˘ Minosuke with Ichikawa Shinjűr˘ and Nakamura Ky˘z˘.

  • Dango Uri:
    (The Dumpling Peddlers)
    the mortar and pestle used for pounding rice cakes and dumplings are a symbol of a happily married couple. This short, lively dance shows a couple peddling dumplings with a series of songs and dances. Starring Ichikawa Shinjűr˘ and Nakamura Ky˘z˘ in the roles of the husband and the wife.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Dates 12 ~ 16 August 2022
    Chigyokai/Kabukikai
    Program

    Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki

  • Sum˘ba
  • Hikimado
  • Niwaka Jishi

    Comments

    28th edition of the common program for 2 associations, the Chigyokai (the Young Fishes Association) and the Kabukikai (the Kabuki Association), which stars stars' disciples in the leading roles of all the items in the program under the supervision of Matsumoto Haku˘, Matsumoto Kingo and the dance master Fujima Kanso III.

    Dates 22 ~ 23 August 2022
    Ken no Kai
    Program

    Iro Moy˘ Chotto Karimame (Kasane)

    Genpei Nunobiki no Taki
    (Sanemori Monogatari)

    Casting

    Onoe Ukon, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Nakamura Baika, Band˘ Kamesabur˘, Onoe Kikusabur˘

    Comments

    6th edition of the Ken no Kai, a gala starring Onoe Kikugor˘ VI's great-grandson Onoe Ukon. Ken no Kai literally means "Ken's Association" with Ken being the first ideogram in Onoe Ukon's real first name Kensuke. In "Kasane", Onoe Ukon shares the stage with a Bunraku puppeteer.

  • Kasane: one can never escape past evils. Yoemon is fleeing to the countryside, but Kasane, the woman he abandoned, refuses to let him go. She catches up with him at a lonely river bank. A skull stabbed with a scythe appears and Kasane is possessed by its spirit, actually the spirit of her dead father, and her face suddenly becomes disfigured. She pours out her feelings of jealousy and resentment and Yoemon kills Kasane, but even after her death, he cannot escape her vengeful spirit. Starring Ichikawa Ukon as either Kasane or Yoemon, who shares the stage with a Bunraku puppeteer in the opposite role.
  • Sanemori Monogatari: a play about the early days of the rivalry between the Genji and Heike warrior clans. The warrior Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori (Onoe Ukon) has been charged by the leaders of the dominant Heike clan with finding Aoi Gozen, the pregnant wife of the leader of the enemy Genji clan. He is to kill her child if it is a son who can succeed to head of the clan, but old loyalties to the Genji lead him to protect the boy. Sanemori tells the story of how Koman (Nakamura Kazutar˘), the daughter of the old couple who is protecting Aoi Gozen, bravely fought to protect the sacred standard of the Genji from the Heike. Koman mysteriously comes back to life when her severed arm is rejoined to it. Featuring also Band˘ Hikosabur˘ as Senoo Jűr˘.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Kintetsu Art Kan (ďsaka)
    Dates 4 ~ 7 August 2022
    Sora no Kai
    Program

    Ise Sangű Kami no Nigiwai

    Casting

    Kataoka Matsujűr˘, Kataoka Senjir˘, Kataoka Senju, Kataoka T˘jűr˘, Nakamura Kansei, Kataoka Yűjir˘, Kataoka Rikiya, Kataoka Toshiya, Kataoka T˘kichir˘, Kataoka Sentar˘

    Comments

    The 7th gala of the Sora no Kai, in ďsaka at the Kintetsu Art Kan, which stars mostly disciples of the Matsushimaya guild. These performances are entitled Abeno Kabuki (Abeno is the name of a famous district in ďsaka). The newly-created Kabuki drama is based on a famous Kamigata rakugo entitled "Shichidogitsune" (literally the ôSeven times foxö).

    National Bunraku Theatre (ďsaka)
    Dates 24 ~ 25 August 2022
    Kamigata Kabukikai
    Program

    Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba
    (Aburaya/Okuniwa)

    Noriaibune Eh˘ Manzai

    Comments

    32nd edition of the Kamigata Kabukikai (the Kamigata Kabuki Association), a summer program in ďsaka which stars Kamigata Kabuki stars' disciples in the leading roles under the supervision of Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon and the guidance of Kataoka Gat˘, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kataoka Takatar˘, Kamimura Kichiya and the dance master Fujima Toyohiro.

    Nihonbashi K˘kaid˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 16 ~ 17 August 2022
    Jűjiya Nihonbashi Buy˘ K˘en
    Jűjiya Nihonbashi Dance Performances
    Program

    Kabuki no Mikata

    Renjishi

    Goaisatsu

    Casting

    ďtani Keiz˘, ďtani Ryűsei, ďtani Keitar˘, Nakamura Ky˘sumi, Nakamura Ky˘yuki

    Comments

    2nd edition of the Jűjiya Dance Gala at the Nihonbashi Gekij˘ (Nihonbashi Auditorium), located within the Nihonbashi K˘kaid˘ (Nihonbashi Community Center). The first item in this program is a speech about the art of Kabuki and the last item is a k˘j˘.

  • Renjishi: 2 entertainers dance a tale of the legendary shishi or lion-like spirits that live at the foot of a holy Buddhist mountain. There is a comic interlude with 2 Buddhist pilgrims. Then, the shishi themselves appear and perform their dance with wild shaking of their long manes. The dance shows a parent shishi forcing his cub to undergo harsh training in order to grow up strong. This theme is often associated with the training a parent actor gives his son. This performance features ďtani Keiz˘ in the role of the parent shishi and his son ďtani Ryűsei in the role of the cub.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Dates 20 ~ 21 August 2022
    Takasago Kai
    Takasago Gala
    Program

    Goaisatsu

    Echigo Jishi

    Hitori Kagekiyo

    Shinobi Yoru Koi no Kusemono (Masakado)

    Casting

    Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kangyoku, Nakamura Umez˘, Nakamura Umeno, Nakamura Umeaki, Nakamura Umetoshi

    Comments

    2nd edition of the Takasago Kai ('Takasago Gala') for the disciples of Nakamura Baigyoku belonging to the Takasagoya guild. The first item in the program is a k˘j˘.

    S˘getsu Hall (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 9 ~ 12 August 2022
    Nakamura FukusukeĚK˘tar˘ no Kai
    Nakamura Fukusuke and K˘tar˘ Gala
    Program

    K˘j˘

    Hinazuru Sanbas˘
    Musical performance only

    Sagi Musume

    Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji

    K˘fuku ~ Hana

    Casting

    Nakamura Fukusuke, Nakamura Kotar˘

    Comments

    1st edition of a Buy˘ gala for Nakamura Fukusuke and his son Nakamura Kotar˘ in T˘ky˘ at the S˘getsu Hall. The last item in the program is a newly-created Buy˘ dance.

    Hakodate K˘kaid˘ (Hakodate)
    Dates 19 August 2022
    Hakodate Kabuki Hyakushűnen Seremonţ K˘en
    Hakodate Kabuki 100 Years Ceremony Performances
    Program

    K˘j˘

    Renjishi

    Casting

    ďtani Keiz˘, ďtani Ryűsei, ďtani Keitar˘, Nakamura Ky˘sumi, Nakamura Ky˘yuki

    Comments

    Jűjiya Gala in Hakodate at the Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward. It is staged to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

    Iai Gakuin K˘d˘ (Hakodate)
    Dates 21 ~ 23 August 2022
    Hakodate Kabuki K˘en
    Hakodate Kabuki Performances
    Program

    Kabuki no Mikata

    Renjishi

    Goaisatsu

    Casting

    ďtani Keiz˘, ďtani Ryűsei, ďtani Keitar˘, Nakamura Ky˘sumi, Nakamura Ky˘yuki

    Comments

    Jűjiya Gala in Hakodate at the Auditorium of the Iai Academy. The first item in this programn, "Kabuki no Mikata", is a lively presentation of Kabuki. The last item, "Goaisatsu" (literally "Greetings"), is a stage speech.

     
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