NEWS FROM THE KABUKI WORLD
31 January
2018

Important: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI will take the prestigious name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XIII in May 2020. There will be a 3-month shűmei in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza from May to July 2020. His son Horikoshi Kangen will take the name of Ichikawa Shinnosuke VIII. This shűmei will also be celebrated in Japan major Kabuki theaters:

When Where
November 2020 Hakataza (Fukuoka)
February 2021 Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
April 2021 Misonoza (Nagoya)
November 2021 Minamiza (Ky˘to)

The two programs for the March Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza in March 2019 have been published [more details]. The highlights of these programs will be:

  • "Onna Narukami" with Nakamura Ganjir˘ and Kataoka Takatar˘.
  • The staging for the first time at the Kabukiza of one rarely-staged act from "Keisei Hangonk˘".
  • "Moritsuna Jin'ya" with Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon in the leading role of Sasaki Moritsuna.
  • A boat-woman (Ichikawa Ennosuke) in the odd days and a boatman (Matsumoto K˘shir˘) in the even days in the dance "Kaminari Send˘". Benten Koz˘ Kikunosuke played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ in the odd days and by Ichikawa Ennosuke in the even days in the drama "Benten Koz˘".
  • The Shinkabuki drama "Ohama Goten" and the kaomise buy˘ dance-drama "Seki no To" will be staged in March 2019 at the National Theatre [more details]. The troupe will be led by Nakamura Senjaku, Onoe Kikunosuke and Nakamura Matagor˘.

    Nakamura Ganjir˘ and Kamimura Kichiya took part in a parade in ďsaka the 10th of January 2019, which was part of the T˘ka Ebisu Festival at the Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, which is located in the Naniwa Ward of ďsaka and is commonly (and affectiously) called Ebessan by the people of ďsaka. The T˘ka Ebisu Festival was held from the 9th to the 11th of January 2019. T˘ka meaning the 10th day in Japanese, this festival is usually held around the 10th of January and it is extremely popular in ďsaka. During this festival sacred bamboo branches are sold to business people. The branches, known as fukusasa, are decorated with lucky symbols. The two actors were paraded through shopping and entertainment districts on a special palanquin called hoe kago, surrounded by people singing a simple catchy folk song [more details in Japanese and pictures].

    The 11th of January 2019 at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘, Nine geisha came and saw the New Year Asakusa Kabuki. They arrived at the Asakusa Public Hall riding in rickshaws and then stood near the entrance to greet the arriving customers. This kind of visit by a group of geisha is called S˘ken (literally "global viewing") [pictures and more details in Japanese].

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ will perform in a special Buy˘ program from the 11th to the 12th of May 2019 in Ky˘tango at the Tango Bunka Kaikan (Tango Culture Center) [more details].

    Members of the Edo Firefighting Memorial Association performed kiyari ritual dances within the Kabukiza the 6th of January 2019 [more details in Japanese].

    The 7th edition of Ginza Kobikitei, an event with k˘dan storytellers, will happen the 13th of February 2019 at the Kabukiza Gallery (5th floor of the Kabukiza building). The k˘dan storytellers will be Kanda Matsunoj˘ and Kanda Riei. All the stories will be Kabuki-related.

    Two posters for the February 2019 performances at the Kabukiza have been published:

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ will perform in different cities in May and July 2019, not as a Kabuki actor or a Buy˘ dancer but a singer! His tour recital will be entitled Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Sekai no Uta ("TAMASABURď sings the world"). Here is below the agenda of his tour:

  • The 18th and 19th of May at the Yachiyoza
  • The 28th and 29th of May at the Nissay Theatre
  • The 3rd and 4th of July at the Minamiza.
  • The 14th of July at the Fukui Phoenix Plaza
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