MAY 2018

4 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, Theatre Cocoon), 1 show in Nagoya (Misonoza) and 1 in Ky˘tango (Tango Bunka Kaikan)!

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates 2 ~ 26 May 2018
Dankikusai Gogatsu ďkabuki
Dankikusai May Grand Kabuki

Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura

Onna Date


Benten Musume Meo no Shiranami

  • Hamamatsuya
  • Inasegawa Seizoroi
  • Gokurakuji Yane Rippuku
  • Sanmon
  • Namerigawa Dobashi
  • Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki (Kikubatake)

    Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori (Kisen)


    Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Baigyoku, Ichikawa Danz˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Onoe Matsuya, Band˘ Kamez˘, Ichimura Kitsutar˘, Terajima Mahoro


    The great yearly Dankiku festival for the Naritaya and Otowaya guilds, which commemorates 2 great stars of the Meiji era: Dan = Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX and Kiku = Onoe Kikugor˘ V. Two important events will be commemorated : the 1080th anniversary of the Narita-san Temple, where the Deity Fud˘ My˘˘ is worshipped, and the 330th anniversary of the birth of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II (born in 1688) This year is also the fifth Dankiku festival at the fifth Kabukiza since the passing away of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII.

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 12 ~ 22 May 2018
    Zenshinza Gogatsu K˘en
    Zenshinza May Performances

    Ningen Banji Kane no Yo no Naka


    Fujikawa Yanosuke, Kawarazaki Kunitar˘, Arashi Yoshisabur˘, Tadamura Shin'ya, Tamaura Yűnosuke, Yamazaki Tatsusabur˘


    The usual Zenshinza May program at the National Theatre!

    Shibuya Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 9 ~ 31 May 2018

    Kirare Yosa


    Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Kataoka Kamez˘, Nakamura Baishi, Nakamura Mantar˘, Sasano Takashi


    16th edition of the original Cocoon Kabuki performance, which recreates the atmosphere of the Edo koshibai and brings the actors closer to the audience. The play "Kirare Yosa" is revised by the playwright Kushida Kazuyoshi.

    Misonoza (Nagoya)
    Dates 3 ~ 27 May 2018
    SűpÔ Kabuki Sekando
    Super Kabuki II



    Ichikawa Ennosuke, Ichikawa Udanji, Band˘ Minosuke, Onoe Ukon, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Band˘ Takesabur˘, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa En'ya, Ichikawa Omez˘, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Hayato, Ichikawa Juen, Ichikawa K˘tar˘


    The SűpÔ Kabuki Sekando drama "ONE PIECE", based on Oda Eiichir˘'s internationally popular manga "ONE PIECE", which got his first very successful stage adaptation by Ichikawa Ennosuke in October 2015/November 2015 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘. It was staged one more time in the same theater in October 2017/November 2017 ... without Ichikawa Ennosuke, who broke his left arm, and could not perform the leading roles of Luffy and Hancock. He was successfully replaced by Onoe Ukon. It is staged this month for the first time in Nagoya. Most of the actors are Kabuki actors, with 3 non-Kabuki guest actors : Hira Takehiro, Kashima Noritoshi and Asano Kazuyuki. It is almost the same cast as in 2015 (minor differences).

  • ONE PIECE: "ONE PIECE", a hugely successful manga series, first appeared in the July 1997 issue of the Weekly Sh˘nen Jump magazine. As a book, the first volume was published in December 1997 and it soon gained a national reputation. The series has now reached 80 volumes and the number of copies printed of the series in Japan alone totals more than 350 million. As a result, it was awarded the Guinness World Record as "Most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author" in June 2015. The play is a marine adventure featuring the hero Luffy who explores the ocean with his diverse crew named the Straw Hat Pirates. They are in search of the worldĺs ultimate treasure known as 'One Piece' so that Luffy can become the next Pirate King. The play depicts the episode 'PARAMOUNT WAR' which is still popular among One Piece fans! Luffy engages in war determined to fight to the last in order to rescue his brother Ace who was captured!
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Tango Bunka Kaikan (Ky˘tango)
    Dates 19 ~ 20 May 2017 (Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Tokubetsu Buy˘ K˘en)
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Special Dance Performances

    Omemie K˘j˘


    Aoi no Ue



    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘


    A special Buy˘ program starring the amazing Living National Treasure onnagata Band˘ Tamasabur˘ in Ky˘tango at the Tango Bunka Kaikan (Tango Culture Center).

  • K˘j˘: the close relationship between the actors and the audience is shown by stage announcements, usually lavish ceremonies to commemorate various important events. This month at the Tango Bunka Kaikan, it is a stage speech done by Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘.
  • Yuki: Band˘ Tamasabur˘ appears as an ďsaka courtesan named Soseki, expressing her feelings of loneliness after having been jilted by her lover and who has decided to become a nun. This jiuta dance is performed in a restrained chamber style.
  • Aoi no Ue:
    (Lady Aoi)
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ plays the role of Lady Rokuj˘, the rival in love of Lady Aoi in Murasaki Shikibu's "Genji Monogatari". This dance is related to an episode in the novel in which Lady Rokuj˘ is humiliated in public by Lady Aoi but is performed in a restrained chamber style.
  • Kane-ga-Misaki: Band˘ Tamasabur˘ appears as a beautiful young girl, expressing her love and feelings of jealousy. This is the same story as the colorful "Musume D˘j˘ji" dance, but is performed in a restrained chamber style.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

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