NEWS FROM THE KABUKI WORLD
31 October
2019

The programs for the December 2019 Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza have been published [more details]. There will be two different matinÚe programs and one evening program:

  • MatinÚe A: staged the 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st and 26th of December 2019. Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ will play the prestigious role of Akoya in the eponymous drama "Akoya". Nakamura Baishi and Nakamura Kotar˘ will perform in "Mura no Matsukaze Ninin Shiokumi".
  • MatinÚe B: staged the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th of December 2019. The role of Akoya will be played either by Nakamura Baishi (4th, 5th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 22nd and 23rd of December 2019) or Nakamura Kotar˘ (6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, 24th and 25th of December 2019). Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ will perform in "Yasuna".
  • Evening: "Yaguchi no Watashi" and a newly-created Kabuki drama based on The Brothers Grimm' classic "Snow White" with Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ in the role of Shirayuki-hime (Snow White).
  • The two programs for the New Year Grand Kabuki at the Sh˘chikuza in January 2020 have been published [more details]. The troupe will be a small one, led by Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘ and his two sons Nakamura Ganjir˘ and Nakamura Senjaku. The guest stars will be Matsumoto K˘shir˘ and Kataoka Ainosuke. The highlights of these programs will be:

  • The revival of ďmori Chisetsu's 1923 drama "Tsuzura Ori", written for Nakamura Ganjir˘ I, which was staged for the last time in August 1975 at the Minamiza.
  • "Sakaya" with Sakata T˘jűr˘ and his two sons Nakamura Ganjir˘ and Nakamura Senjaku.
  • The revival of "Yűgiri Nagori no Sh˘gatsu", which was staged for the first time in December 2005 at the Minamiza for the shűmei of Sakata T˘jűr˘.
  • The revival of "ďatari Fushimi no Tomikuji", a drama written in 1881 for Nakamura Ganjir˘ I.
  • The SűpÔ Kabuki Sekando drama "Shinpan Oguri", a revised version of 1991 SűpÔ Kabuki drama "Oguri", will be staged in February 2020 in Fukuoka at the Hakataza. The stars will be Ichikawa Ennosuke and Nakamura Hayato [more details]

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ received the World Culture Award (Sekai Bunkash˘). The Takamatsu Palace Memorial World Culture Award is presented every year by the Japan Art Association to outstanding artists who are active globally in different cultural fields. The award ceremony was held in T˘ky˘ on the 16th of October 2019.

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ was put by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in the list of Japanese personalities who have made outstanding culture contributions in Japan in 2019 (bunka k˘r˘sha). He will receive this award the 5th of November 2019.

    The two programs for the New Year Asakusa Kabuki at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘ in January 2020 have been published [more details].

    The 2nd edition of the Baish˘kai, a gala program which will star Nakamura Shinobu and Ichikawa Emino, will happen from the 30th to the 31st of January 2020 at the at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘. Onoe Ukon will be a special guest [more details].

    The 19th edition of the Kabuki Natsukashid˘, the Kabuki Nostalgic hall, will happen the 23rd of November 2019 at the Kobiki Hall in the Kabukiza Gallery (5th floor of the Kabukiza building). The dance-drama "Migawari Zazen", filmed in November 1982 at the Kabukiza with Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII, Ichimura Uzaemon XVII, Nakamura Kankur˘ V and Nakamura Kotar˘ V, will be screened at 18:30.

    The 13th edition of Ginza Kobikitei, an event with k˘dan storytellers, will happen the 20th of November 2019 at the Kabukiza Gallery (5th floor of the Kabukiza building). The k˘dan storytellers will be Kanda Matsunoj˘ and Kanda Akane. All the stories will be Kabuki-related. Kanda Akane will tell some parts of the famous ghost story of "Botan D˘r˘".

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

    Kabuki films in high definition and subtitled in English, all from the Shinema Kabuki ("Cinema Kabuki") series, will be screened in Toronto at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in November 2019 [more details].

    Day/Time Drama
    Saturday, November 9, 11:30 Kumagai Jin'ya
    Saturday, November 9, 14:00 Ninin D˘j˘ji
    Sunday, November 10, 11:00 Akoya
    Sunday, November 10, 13:30 Sannin Kichisa

    Japan was hit in October 2019 by a terrible typhoon named Hagibis and numbered #19, which killed more than 86 people and devastated many cities. As a direct consequence, Kabuki programs in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, Shinbashi Enbuj˘ and National Theatre were all canceled the 12th and the 13th of October 2019.

    Ahead of the Heisei Nakamuraza performances in Kitakyűshű, the stars, led by Nakamura Kankur˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke, were paraded in rickshaws the 27th of August 2019 in the streets in the heart of the city [pictures and more details in Japanese|more details about the performances].

    "Renjishi", a movie belonging to the Shinema Kabuki ("Cinema Kabuki") series, will be screened at Ky˘to with English subtitles at the MOVIX KYďTO from the 1st to the 21st of November 2019 at 8:00PM.

    The Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebiz˘ and the opera star Placido Domingo will team up for T˘ky˘ 2020 Cultural Festival accompanying the 2020 T˘ky˘ Olympic and Paralympic Games [more details].

    As part of the 32nd T˘ky˘ International Film Festival, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ took part in the "Red Carpet" Opening Event the 28th of October 2019 [pictures and more details in Japanese]. The movie "Abura no Jigoku", which stars Matsumoto K˘shir˘ and belongs to the Shinema Kabuki ("Cinema Kabuki") series, will be screened the 2nd of November 2019 at the T˘h˘ Cinemas in Roppongi Hills.

    The Duty of Remembrance:

  • In October 2019, it could have been possible to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Kikuchi Kan's drama "T˘jűr˘ no Koi". It was premiered in ďsaka at the Naniwaza in October 1919.
  • The 3rd of October 2019, we could have celebrated the 50th anniversary of the passing away of Ichikawa Sadanji III (1898~1969). This actor died the 3rd of October 1969.
  • 30 September
    2019

    Obituary: Sawamura Daiz˘ (1938~2019), a disciple of Sawamura Tanosuke VI, passed away from a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease the 17th of September 2019. His honmy˘ was Nakamura Yasunori. He appeared on stage for the last time in June 2017 at the National Theatre, where he performed in the drama "Meigetsu Hachiman Matsuri".

    The two programs for the kaomise at the Kabukiza in November 2019 have been published. The troupe will be led by Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘ [more details]. The highlights will be:

  • Kimura Kinka's drama "Togitatsu no Utare" with Matsumoto K˘shir˘ in the role of Moriyama Tatsuji.
  • Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘ in one of his atariyaku: Kamiyui Shinza in the eponymous drama.
  • The production of the classic "Kikubatake" to celebrate the shűmei of Nakamura Baigyoku's heyago Nakamura Kangyoku.
  • The revival for the first time of Ikenami Sh˘tar˘'s drama "Ichimatsu Koz˘ no Onna", which was premiered in February 1977 at the Kabukiza.
  • "K˘mori no Yasu-san", which was written by Kimura Kinka and premiered in August 1931 at the Kabukiza with Morita Kan'ya XIII in the role of K˘mori no Yasu, will be revived at the National Theatre in December 2019 [more details]. This drama, which is a Kabuki adaptation of Charles Chaplin's 1931 movie "City Lights", will commemorate the 130th Anniversary of Chaplin's Birth. There will be two programs:

  • Program A, made up of the classic Moritsuna Jin'ya (starring Matsumoto Haku˘) and "K˘mori no Yasu-san" (starring Matsumoto K˘shir˘), will be staged everyday (except the 13th) at 11:00.
  • Program A, made up of "K˘mori no Yasu-san" (starring Matsumoto K˘shir˘) only, will be staged at 19:00 the 6th, the 13th, the 20th, the 24th and the 25th. This program is entitled "Chaplin Kabuki Night".
  • The 18th edition of the Kabuki Natsukashid˘, the Kabuki Nostalgic hall, will happen the 19th of October 2019 at the Kobiki Hall in the Kabukiza Gallery (5th floor of the Kabukiza building). The dance-drama "Funa Benkei", filmed in February 1990 at the Kabukiza with Nakamura Tomijűr˘ V, Kataoka Gat˘ V, Sawamura T˘jűr˘ II and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IX, will be screened at 18:30.

    The Zenshinza troupe will perform in January 2020 in Ky˘to at the Minamiza in Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Kane no Yo no Naka" [more details].

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ will receive the 16th of October 2019 the Praemium Imperiale in the Theatre/Film field, a global arts prize awarded annually since 1988 by the Japan Art Association [more details].

    The actors Onoe Matsutar˘ II and Nakamura Gand˘ II received the 24th of September 2019 the Merit award (K˘r˘sh˘), a prize awarded by the Japan Art Association (Nihon Haiyű Ky˘kai). This Merit Award is given to meritorious supporting actors with, a minima, a 50-year long career [pictures and more details in Japanese].

    Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon and 14 others actors took part in a parade in Nagoya in the shopping districts near the Misonoza the 28th of September 2019, ahead of the coming 50th kaomise performances in October 2019 [pictures and more details in Japanese | details about the performances]. It is worth nothing that the zagashira Kataoka Nizaemon performed for the 1st kaomise in Nagoya.

    It will be possible to watch at the 2019 edition of the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco the 11th of October 2019 the Kabuki drama "Kagotsurube". This movie belongs to the Shinema Kabuki ("Cinema Kabuki") series (released in 2012). It was which was shot live in February 2010 at the Kabukiza, starring Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Nakamura Kanzabur˘ and Kataoka Nizaemon in the roles of the courtesan Yatsuhashi, Sano Jir˘zaemon and Shigeyama Einoj˘ [more details].

    Three posters for the October 2019 performances at the Kabukiza have been published:

    The end of December and the beginning of January are the busiest times for the Japanese Post offices. The Japanese have a custom of sending New Year's Day postcards (nengaj˘ in Japanese) to their friends and relatives, similar to the Western custom of sending Christmas cards. For the 1st of January 2020, the Japanese Post has started to sell Kabuki-related New Year's Day postcards:

    If you are in T˘ky˘ in October, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy Kabuki at the T˘geki movie theater. The beautiful dance-drama "Sagi Musume", which was part of the Shinema Kabuki ("Cinema Kabuki") series, will be screened there with English subtitles the 9th and the 10th of October 2019 at 19:00. Before the screening of 'Sagi Musume' there will also be an explanation about Kabuki [more details].

    The 1st edition of the Yű no Kai, a gala which stars ďtani Keiz˘ and his son ďtani Ryűsei, will happen the 14th of October 2019 at the Nagame Yoky˘j˘ (Nagame Entertainment Theater), a traditional wooden-built theater (1937) in the city of Midori in Gunma Prefecture [more details].

    The 10th edition of the Seid˘kai, a gala for the Kiyomoto school of traditional music, will happen the 30th of October 2019 at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘ [more details].

    9 September
    2019

    We celebrate today the 20th anniversary of the www.kabuki21.com project. I would like to deeply thank all the people who kindly helped me over the years to build this website.

    31 August
    2019

    Important: Nakamura Baigyoku's heyago Nakamura Umemaru will take the name of Nakamura Kangyoku in November 2019 at the Kabukiza! He will celebrate his shűmei by playing the role of the yakko Toraz˘, in reality Ushiwakamaru, in the drama "Kikubatake". The role of the yakko Chienai, in reality Yoshioka Kisanta, will be played by Nakamura Baigyoku and there will be a k˘j˘ within the drama. The ideogram Kan in Kangyoku can also be read Tsubomi and the Tsubomi Kai was the name a famous study group led by the Sh˘wa star Nakamura Utaemon VI. Nakamura Kangyoku will also celebrate his shűmei in Ky˘to at the Minamiza in December 2019, performing in "Modori Kago", "Tsuri Onna" and "Echigo Jishi".

    The two programs for the October 2019 Grand Kabuki performances at the Kabukiza have been published [more details]. The troupe will be led by Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, who will play the role of Sashichi in the sewamono "Edo Sodachi Omatsuri Sashichi". Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Futari Shizuka", which was premiered in December 1963 at the Kabukiza, will be revived for the very first time, with Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ in the role of the ghost of Shizuka Gozen.

    The two programs for the kaomise in Ky˘to, in December 2019 at the Minamiza, have been published. The stars of this kaomise will be Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘, Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Kataoka Ainosuke and Kataoka Takatar˘ [more details]. The highlights will be:

  • There will be a 3-generation Narikomaya casting in "Kinkakuji" with Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Nakamura Kazutar˘ and Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘ playing the roles of Matsunaga Daizen, Konoshita T˘kichi, Princess Yuki and Keijuin.
  • The staging of "Gion Ichiriki Jaya" with Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Kataoka Takatar˘ and Nakamura Shikan in the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke, Okaru and Teraoka Heiemon.
  • The rarely-staged Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Nami no Tsuzumi" with Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Nakamura Tokiz˘ and Nakamura Baigyoku in the roles of Ogura Hikokur˘, Hikokur˘'s wife Otane and Miyaji Gen'emon.
  • The comical dance-drama "Tsuri Onna" with Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Hayato and Nakamura Kangyoku in the roles of Tar˘kaja, the ugly girl, the daimy˘ and the princess.
  • The 12th edition of the Eirakukan Grand Kabuki will happen from the 4th to the 10th of November 2019 at the Eirakukan, a renovated traditional theater built in the city of Toyooka (prefecture of Hy˘go). The zagashira will be as usual the young star Kataoka Ainosuke. The first item in the program will be a newly-created Kabuki d˘j˘jimono drama. The second item will be Kawatake Mokuami's rarely-staged dance-drama "Odoke Niwaka Ataka no Shinseki", which was staged for the last time July 1993 at the Nakaza [more details].

    Prior to Nagoya kaomise Kabuki performances from the 1st to the 25th of October 2019 [more details], the maneki-age happened the 27th of August 2019 at the Misonoza. During this important event, huge wooden boards called maneki kanban were raised. The boards feature the names of Kabuki performers appearing in the show and they were placed over the front of the venue on a huge takeyarai. To make the maneki kanban, the calligrapher soaked his brush in special ink mixed with sake for the purpose of purification and glossing, and wrote the names of all major actors with strong strokes in kanteiryű characters. There was a ceremony with the actors Nakamura Baigyoku and Nakamura Shid˘ [pictures and more details in Japanese].

    Nakamura Shikan and his son Nakamura Hashinosuke, who will perform in "Tenjiku Tokubŕ" in October 2019 at the National Theatre, went at the Shunkeiji Temple, a temple with the tombstone of Tsuruya Nanboku IV in the Sumida Ward of T˘ky˘, the 2nd of August 2019 to pray for the success of the coming performances [pictures and more details in Japanese].

    The 5th edition of the ABKAI (Ebikai in Japanese), a gala for the young star Ichikawa Ebiz˘, will happen from the 5th to the 25th of November 2019 at the Shibuya Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon in T˘ky˘ [more details]. It will be the first chapter of the final round of ABKAI performances, before the 2020 shűmei performances, when Ichikawa Ebiz˘ will take the name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XIII. The young heir of the Naritaya guild will perform in a newly-created (dance-)drama based on the warrior Sait˘ no Sanemori.

    The 6th edition of the Buy˘ gala Nakamura Ky˘z˘ Buy˘ no Yűbe (Evening for Dance by Nakamura Ky˘z˘), starring Nakamura Ky˘z˘ and dedicated this time to the legend of D˘j˘ji, will happen the 28th of October 2019 in T˘ky˘ at the National Theatre [more details].

    The 12th edition of Ginza Kobikitei, an event with k˘dan storytellers, will happen the 23rd of September 2019 at the Kabukiza Gallery (5th floor of the Kabukiza building). The k˘dan storytellers will be Kanda Matsunoj˘ and Kanda Aizan II. All the stories will be Kabuki-related. Kanda Aizan II will tell the story of "Kamiyui Shinza".

    Four posters for the August 2019 performances at the Kabukiza have been published:

    Opening of a new online database under the supervision of the Sh˘chiku ďtani Library dedicated to Shinpa performances : Shinpa J˘en Nenpy˘.

    Revival by the Zenshinza troupe of Mayama Seika's drama "Nezumi Koz˘ Jirokichi" based on the story of the thief Nakamura Jirokichi, commonly called Nezumi Koz˘. It will be staged from the 16th to the 17th of September 2019 in Nagoya at the NTK Hall [more details], from the from the 20th to the 27th of September 2019 in ďsaka at the National Bunraku Theatre [more details], the 30th of September 2019 in Musashino at the Musashino Shimin Kaikan (Musashino Civic Hall) [more details] and from the 22nd to the 27th of October 2019 in T˘ky˘ at the New National Theatre [more details].

    A new collection of DVD has been launched! Published by Hachette Collections Japan and the Sh˘chiku Company [pictures and more details in Japanese]. A new DVD will be released every two weeks and there will be a total of 100 DVD in this collection. The first issue was released the 28th of August. It was the classic of the classics "Kanjinch˘", shot in January 2018 at the Kabukiza, with Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon and Ichikawa Somegor˘ in the roles of Benkei, the barrier keeper Togashi and Yoshitsune. The next release will be:

  • 11 September 2019: "Soga no Taimen", shot at the Kabukiza in June 2013, with Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Ichikawa Ebiz˘ and Onoe Kikunosuke as Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari.
  • 25 September 2019: "Renjishi", shot at the Kabukiza in April 2010, with Nakamura Kanzabur˘ in the role of the parent shishi and his two sons, Nakamura Kantar˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke, in the roles of the cubs.
  • The 17th edition of the Kabuki Natsukashid˘, the Kabuki Nostalgic hall, will happen the 21st of September 2019 at the Kobiki Hall in the Kabukiza Gallery (5th floor of the Kabukiza building). The drama "Narukami", filmed in June 1985 at the Kabukiza with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII and Band˘ Tamasabur˘ V, will be screened at 18:30.

    The 46th edition of Koten Gein˘ Kansh˘ Kai (literally the "Classics Entertainment Appreciation Association"), a yearly performance produced by the National TV network NHK, will happen the 28th of September 2019 in T˘ky˘ at the NHK Hall. The program will include one Kabuki drama, "Shi-no-Kiri", which will star Nakamura Tokiz˘ and Onoe Kikunosuke [more details].

    31 July
    2019

    The 12th edition in T˘ky˘ of a special program called "Shűzan Matsuri" (the festival of Shűzan) will be staged at the Kabukiza in September 2019. It will commemorate the great actor Nakamura Kichiemon I, whose's haimy˘ was Shűzan. The zagashira will be his adopted son, the Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon II and the top guest star will be Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon. "Numazu" and "Matsuura no Taiko" will be staged to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passing away of Nakamura Karoku III (who died the 17th of May 1919). Another highlight of this September Grand Kabuki will be "Kanjinch˘"; Musashib˘ Benkei will be performed by Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon (odd days) and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ (even days); Togashi Saemon will be performed by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ (odd days) and Nakamura Kinnosuke (even days); the last but not the least, Taka will play the role of Minamoto no Yoshitsune. There will be the omemie of Nakamura Kash˘'s son Ogawa S˘ma. Nakamura Fukusuke will also perform the role of Sonoo-no-Mae in "Terakoya". The zagashira of the troupe, Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, will play the roles of Jűbŕ and Matsu˘maru in "Numazu" and "Terakoya" [more details].

    The Heisei Nakamuraza will be in Kitakyűshű in Fukuoka Prefecture in November 2019! First time since the end of the Heisei era and first time in Kyűshű! The temporary koshibai look-alike theater will be built in the precincts of the Kokura Castle. These performances will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the reconstructiojn of the keep of this castle in 1959 [more details].

    A drama entitled "Kok˘ no Yűshi Musume Kagekiyo" will be staged in November 2019 at the National Theatre with a troupe led by Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon [more details]. It will mix elements from two puppet theater dramas about the warrior Taira no Kagekiyo:

  • "Baibutsuden Bandai no Ishizue", written by Nishizawa Ippű and Tanaka Senryű, premiered in ďsaka in the 10th lunar month of 1725.
  • "Musume Kagekiyo Yashima Nikki", written by Wakatake Fuemi, Kokuz˘su and Nakamura Akei, premiered in ďsaka at the Toyotakeza in the 10th lunar month of 1764.
  • An official panel has recommenended seven artists to be named Living National Treasure in 2019. One of them is the Kabuki wakiyaku actor Kataoka Hidetar˘. He will be officially designated this year in September. This is the 8th Kabuki Living National Treasure. There are 4 tachiyaku (Sakata T˘jűr˘, Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Kichiemon, Kataoka Nizaemon), 1 onnagata (Band˘ Tamasabur˘) and 3 wakiyaku (Sawamura Tanosuke, Nakamura T˘z˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘). The Kabuki Gidayű singer Takemoto Aoidayű II, the Nagauta shamisen master Kineya Katsukuni and the hayashigata T˘sha Meish˘ II will also be Living National Treasures.

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ will perform at the Yachiyoza, a traditional wooden-built theater, from the 30th of October to the 4th of November 2019 [more details]. There will be a mix of video projection (with video sequences coming from the high-quality Shinema Kabuki, "Cinema Kabuki") and real dancing on stage.

    Nakamura Shichinosuke and Nakamura Kazutar˘, who will perform in "Yotsuya Kaidan" in September 2019 at the Minamiza, went at the Oiwa Inari Y˘unji Temple, a temple dedicated to the spirit of Oiwa, in Yotsuya (T˘ky˘) the 29th of July 2019 to pray for the success of the coming performances and to get some protection from the spirit of Oiwa. Kabuki actors do believe that there is always the risk of Oiwa curse when they perform "Yotsuya Kaidan". To avoid the curse, the only way is to go to the Oiwa Inari and pray for safe acting [pictures and more details in Japanese].

    Nakamura Kankur˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke will be on tour in October 2019 [more details].

    The 1st edition of the Kudanji Hiromatsu no Kai, which stars Ichikawa Kudanji and ďtani Hiromatsu, will happen the 17th and the 18th of August 2019 in T˘ky˘ at the Theatre Cocoon [more details].

    The 1st edition of the Hyakka Ry˘ran, which stars Onoe Matsuya, will happen the 24th and the 25th of August 2019 in in Hokuto (Yamanashi Prefecture) at the Megami-no-Mori Central Garden [more details].

    The 2nd edition of the Tsuta no Kai (literally "the Ivy Association"), a gala program starring Ichikawa Tsutanosuke III, will happen the 15th of August 2019 in T˘ky˘ at the Nihonbashi K˘kaid˘. The guest star will be Onoe Matsuya [more details].

    The 21st edition of the summer program of the association Ne no Kai (the Sound Association) will happen the 10th and the 11th of August 2019 [more details].

    Matsumoto Haku˘ will play the lead role in the musical "Man of La Mancha" from the 7th to the 12th of September 2019 in ďsaka at the Festival Hall, from the 21st to the 23rd of September 2019 in Sendai at the T˘ky˘ Electron Hall Miyagi and from the 27th to the 29th of September 2019 in Nagoya at the Aichi Prefectural Art Theater.

    Complicated month of July for the star Ichikawa Ebiz˘. Due to the sudden illness of the heir of the Naritaya guild, the evening show at the Kabukiza was canceled several times between the 15th and the 18th of July and there were a few changes in the matinÚe show: for example, the role of the servant Tar˘kaja in "Su˘ Otoshi" was played by Ichikawa Udanji instead of Ichikawa Ebiz˘.

    The 16th edition of the Kabuki Natsukashid˘, the Kabuki Nostalgic hall, will happen the 31st of August 2019 at the Kobiki Hall in the Kabukiza Gallery (5th floor of the Kabukiza building). The dance-drama "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji", filmed in November 1983 at the Kabukiza with Nakamura Shikan VII, will be screened at 18:30.

    30 June
    2019

    The three programs for the August Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza in August 2019 have been published [more details]. Very unusual event: the Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ will perform in one of these summer programs! He will play the role of Nakamura Yukinoj˘ in a revisited version of the drama "Yukinoj˘ Henge" (entitled "Shinpan Yukinoj˘ Henge"). This is the story of a fictious onnagata Kabuki actor named Nakamura Yukinoj˘. His parents were driven to suicide by three local officials when the actor was just a child. He grew up to become a star. When he discovers his three archenemies in the audience of the Edo Kabuki theater where he performed, he plotted revenge. It is worthy to note that Nakamura Kankur˘'s two sons, Nakamura Kantar˘ and Nakamura Ch˘zabur˘, will also perform ... without their father but with their uncle Nakamura Shichinosuke, who will play the presitigious role of Masaoka in "Meiboku Sendai Hagi". There will also be the staging of "T˘kaid˘chű Hizakurige", a regular feature in August since August 2016. The roles of Yajirobŕ and Kitahachi will be played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ and Ichikawa Ennosuke.

    Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Tenjiku Tokubŕ" will be revived at the National Theatre in October 2019 with Nakamura Shikan in the role of Tenjiku Tokubŕ [more details].

    The two programs for the 50th edition of the kaomise in Nagoya in October 2019 have been published. The troupe will be led by Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon [more details].

    The SűpÔ Kabuki Sekando drama "Shinpan Oguri" will be premiered in October 2019 and November 2019 in T˘ky˘ at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘. It will be a revised version of 1991 SűpÔ Kabuki drama "Oguri". The stars will be Ichikawa Ennosuke and Nakamura Hayato [more details]

    5th edition of the gala of the Sora no Kai (literally "the Sky Association"), which stars Kataoka Matsujűr˘, Kataoka Senjir˘, Kataoka Senju, Kataoka Yűjir˘, Kataoka Rikiya, Kataoka T˘jűr˘ and others. They will perform from the 2nd to the 5th of August 2019 in ďsaka at the Kintetsu Art Kan [more details]. These performances are entitled Abeno Kabuki (Abeno is the name of a famous district in ďsaka). Katsu Genz˘ II's rarely-produced 1877 drama "Higo no Komageta" will be staged under the guidance of Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Kataoka Hidetar˘ and the furitsuke Yamamura Tomogor˘ III. This drama was staged for the last time in June 1952 at the Nakaza.

    The 5th edition of the Ken no Kai, which stars Onoe Kikugor˘ VI's great-grandson Onoe Ukon, will happen the 28th and the 29th of August 2019 in Ky˘to at the Shunjűza [more details] and the 1st and the 2nd of September 2019 in T˘ky˘ at the National Theatre [more details].

    The 6th edition of the Sh˘ no Kai, a gala program which stars Nakamura Tomijűr˘ V's son Nakamura Takanosuke, will happen in T˘ky˘ at the National Theatre from the 28th to the 29th of September 2019. This year, it will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I [more details].

    Band˘ Minosuke is part of the casting of the movie "T˘ky˘ Gűru 'S'" (in English "T˘ky˘ Ghoul 'S'"), which was directed by Hiramaki Kazuhiko and Kawasaki Takuya and will be released in Japan the 19th of July 2019. This movie was based on Ishida Sui's eponymous manga "T˘ky˘ Gűru".

    The program for the 29th edition of the Kamigata Kabukikai (the Kamigata Kabuki Association), a summer program in ďsaka at the National Bunraku Theatre in August 2019 which stars Kamigata Kabuki stars' disciples in the leading roles with the guidance of Kataoka Nizaemon, Kataoka Hidetar˘ and Kataoka Gat˘, has been published [more details].

    The 15th edition of the Kabuki Natsukashid˘, the Kabuki Nostalgic hall, will happen the 27th of July 2019 at the Kobiki Hall in the Kabukiza Gallery (5th floor of the Kabukiza building). The dance-drama "Sumidagawa", filmed in January 1981 at the Kabukiza with Nakamura Utaemon VI and Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII, will be screened at 18:30.

    A sandai shűmei for the Ichikawa-ryű school of Buy˘ will happen during an Ichikawa-kai from the 3rd to the 12th of August 2019 in T˘ky˘ at the Theatre Cocoon [more details].

    Two posters for the July 2019 performances at the Sh˘chikuza have been published [1st poster | 2nd poster].

    Three posters and one promotional video for the July 2019 performances at the Kabukiza have been published:

    The 11th edition of Ginza Kobikitei, an event with k˘dan storytellers, will happen the 29th of July 2019 at the Kabukiza Gallery (5th floor of the Kabukiza building). The k˘dan storytellers will be Kanda Matsunoj˘ and Kanda Orine. All the stories will be Kabuki-related.

    31 May
    2019

    A Kabuki Workshop for Foreigners will be held at the National Theatre the 17th of June 2019 from 17:00 to 18:00. It will be possible to experience Kabuki performance and musical instruments under the guidance of Kabuki actors and musicians [more details].

    The two programs for the July Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza in July 2019 have been published [more details]. The zagashira will be Ichikawa Ebiz˘. The evening program a completely revised, digested-version and spectacular revision of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" with Ichikawa Ebiz˘ performing 13 roles in the 13 scenes of this drama. The title will be "Hoshi Awase Jűsandan (Narita Senbon Zakura)". Jűsandan has two meaning, either 13 scenes (jűsandan) or a shorter way to say Ichikawa Danjűr˘ the thirteenth (jűsandaime), the future prestigious stage name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ who will take it next year. The Narita in "Narita Senbon Zakura" is in fact the Naritaya guild of the Ichikawa clan.

    A sandai shűmei for the Ichikawa-ryű school of Buy˘ will happen during an Ichikawa-kai from the 3rd to the 12th of August 2019 in T˘ky˘ at the Theatre Cocoon. Ichikawa K˘bai II, the daughter of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XI and sister of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII, will take the name of Ichikawa Juk˘. Ichikawa Botan III, the daughter of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII and sister of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI, will take the name of Ichikawa Suisen IV. Horikoshi Reika, the daughter of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI, will take the name of Ichikawa Botan IV.

    There was an important funa norikomi on the Hakata River in Fukuoka the 29th of May 2019, before June Grand Kabuki at the Hakataza [more details]. Actors on colorful boats were applauded by fans and spectators on the bridges or the banks of the Hakata River [more details with pictures].

    Nakamura Ganjir˘ has received the Purple Ribbon Medal (Shiju H˘sh˘ in Japanese), one of the six Japanese medals of honor awarded by the Japanese Government to deserving citizens.

    Nakamura Shichinosuke, Kataoka Ainosuke and Ichikawa Chűsha will perform in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Yotsuya Kaidan" in September 2019 in Ky˘to at the Minamiza [more details].

    Nakamura Ganjir˘ and Nakamura Senjaku will be on tour in the western provinces in September 2019 [more details].

    The program for the 25th 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 at the National Theatre in August 2019, has been published [more details].

    The 14th edition of the Kabuki Natsukashid˘, the Kabuki Nostalgic hall, will happen the 22nd of June 2019 at the Kobiki Hall in the Kabukiza Gallery (5th floor of the Kabukiza building). The drama "Benkei J˘shi", filmed in November 1982 at the Kabukiza with Onoe Sh˘roku II, Nakamura Utaemon VI, Nakamura Matsue V and Jitsukawa Enjaku III in the roles of Musashib˘ Benkei, Owasa, Shinobu and Jijű Tar˘, will be screened at 18:30.

    The 10th edition of Ginza Kobikitei, an event with k˘dan storytellers, will happen the 24th of June 2019 at the Kabukiza Gallery (5th floor of the Kabukiza building). The k˘dan storytellers will be Kanda Matsunoj˘ and Kanda Kurenai. All the stories will be Kabuki-related.

    One poster for the June 2019 performance at the Kabukiza of the newly-created drama "Tsukiakari Mezasu Furusato" has been published.

    30 April
    2019

    First and foremost, we would like to report the end today of the Heisei era and the beginning tomorrow of the new Reiwa era. We do hope that Reiwa Kabuki will be the worthy heir of Heisei Kabuki. We also know for sure that Heisei Nakamuraza, closely associated to the Heisei star Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII, will not be renamed Reiwa Nakamuraza.

    The Ticket Web Sh˘chiku Website selling (nationally and internationally) Kabuki tickets will end its services at the end of April 2019. From May 2019, there will be a Sh˘chiku Multilingual Online Ticket Website run by Etix Online Ticket [more details].

    The two programs for the June Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza in June 2019 have been published [more details]. The troupe will be led by Living National Treasures Nakamura Kichiemon and Kataoka Nizaemon. A newly-created play, a Mitani Kabuki drama, written and directed by Mitani K˘ki, will be the evening program. This drama entitled "Tsukiakari Mezasu Furusato" is about Japanese sailors who were washed up on Russia after drifting on their boat. Yashima Norito will be the non-Kabuki guest star. The matinÚe program's highlights will be Living National Treasures Nakamura Kichiemon and Kataoka Nizaemon playing the roles of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki and Kameya Chűbŕ in the jidaimono "Ishikiri Kajiwara" and the sewamono "Fűin Giri".

    The two programs for the July Grand Kabuki in ďsaka at the Sh˘chikuza in July 2019 have been published [more details]. The troupe will be led by Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon. These programs will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Kansai Kabuki Lovers Society.

    The world of Kabuki and the world of otaku will collide for the 5th time in Kabuki history and for the first time in a major Kabuki theater! Ch˘kabuki (literally Ultra-Kabuki) will be staged in Ky˘to at the Minamiza in August 2019. Nakamura Shid˘ will once again share the stage with the virtual 3D creature Hatsune Miku [more details].

    Two pieces of news related to the hatsubutai of Onoe Ushinosuke VII in May 2019 at the Kabukiza:

  • The special celebration curtain will have a drawing made by Miyazaki Hayao [pictures and more details in Japanese].
  • A special poster with the picture of Ushinosuke and the drawing of Miyazaki Hayao will be sold in the theater during the performances [pictures and more details in Japanese].
  • As reported last year, Miyazaki Hayaoĺs masterpiece "Nausicań of the Valley of the Wind" [manga | movie] will be adapted into Kabuki and staged in December 2019 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ with Onoe Kikunosuke and Nakamura Shichinosuke in the roles of Nausicań and Kushana. The first flyer for this major event has just been published and distributed!

    First edition of the Takasago Gala for the disciples of Nakamura Baigyoku in the Takasagoya guild. It will happen the 9th and 10th of August 2019 in T˘ky˘ at the Nihonbashi K˘kaid˘ [more details].

    A memorial picture was taken the 23rd of April 2019 on the stage of the Kabukiza during the performance of the dance-drama "Sakae Kotohogu Fuji no Suehiro", which celebrated the 88th birthday of Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘ [pictures and more details in Japanese].

    Nakamura Kazutar˘, Ichikawa Juen and Nakamura Jűjir˘ were award-winners of the 40th Matsuo Artistic Awards (Matsuo Gein˘ Sh˘). Nakamura Kazutar˘ received the Theater "New Face" Award (Engeki Shinjin Sh˘). Ichikawa Juen received the Matsuo Kuniz˘ Award (Matsuo Kuniz˘ Sh˘). Nakamura Jűjir˘ received the Matsuo Hazue Award (Matsuo Hazue Sh˘). They received their prize the 28th of March 2019 at the ANA Intercontinental Hotel in T˘ky˘ [pictures and more details in Japanese].

    Sawamura T˘jűr˘ made a public reappearance at a 'Surprise Talk Show' (sapuraizu t˘kush˘ in Japanese) with Nakamura Kankur˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke the 11th of April on the stage of the Kanamaruza [pictures and more details in Japanese].

    The 13th edition of the Kabuki Natsukashid˘, the Kabuki Nostalgic hall, will happen the 25th of May 2019 at the Kobiki Hall in the Kabukiza Gallery (5th floor of the Kabukiza building). The dance-drama "Iro Moy˘ Chotto Karimame", filmed in March 1982 at the Kabukiza with Band˘ Tamasabur˘ and Kataoka Takao in the roles of Kasane and Yoemon, will be screened at 18:30.

    The Kabuki TV program Kabuki Kool, which is produced by NHK World TV, will have a 6th season in 10 episodes. It hosts the young star Kataoka Ainosuke and the first episode of the new season was broadcasted the 3rd of April 2019. The next episode, about Bestsellers and Kabuki, will be broadcasted the 1st and the 29th of May 2019, four times each day at 04:30 08:30 16:30 and 22:30 (UTC) [more details].

    8 actors led by Nakamura Kankur˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke went to the Konpira Shrine the 5th of April 2019 to pray for the success of April 2019 performances at the Kanamaruza from the 6th of April. Afterwards, The actors were paraded in the streets of Kotohira in rickshaws [pictures and more details in Japanese].

    31 March
    2019

    The two programs for the June Grand Kabuki in Fukuoka at the Hakataza in June 2019 have been published [more details]. The troupe will be led by Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, who will perform the role of Nozarashi Gosuke in the eponymous drama.

    The two programs for the May Grand Kabuki in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza in May 2019 have been published [more details]. This will be the great yearly Dankiku festival for the Naritaya and Otowaya guilds, commemorating two great stars of the Meiji era: Dan = Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX and Kiku = Onoe Kikugor˘ V. It will also celebrate the hatsubutai of Onoe Ushinosuke VII.

    The educational Kabuki program, Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitu ("Kabuki appreciation class"), at the National Theatre in June 2019 has been published [more details]. There will 3 special events:

  • "Beginners' Kabuki for Business Person" the 7th of June, with a special session starting at 19:00 instead of the usual 11:00 or 14:30.
  • "Discover KABUKI" the 17th and 18th of June, with a presentation "how to appreciate Kabuki" in English (with Nakamura Toranosuke and the TV personality Kisa Ayako). Audio earphone service will be not only in Japanese or English but also in Chinese, Korean, Spanish and French.
  • There will a multilingual week from the 19th to the 24th of June, with audio earphone service in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and French.
  • The educational Kabuki program, Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitu ("Kabuki appreciation class"), at the National Theatre in July 2019 has been published [more details]. There will 2 special events:

  • "Beginners' Kabuki for Business Person" the 12th and the 19th of July, with a special session starting at 19:00 instead of the usual 11:00 or 14:30.
  • There will a special Family Festival, called Oyako de Tanoshimu Kabuki Ky˘shitsu, from the 19th to the 24th of July. This festival will aim at gathering together children and parents to enjoy Kabuki.
  • The dates and the casting for the July Grand Kabuki in ďsaka at the Sh˘chikuza in July 2019 have been published [more details]. The troupe will be led by Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon.

    The Grand Kabuki Tour in the eastern provinces will happen as usual from the 30th of June to the 31st of July 2019. Matsumoto Haku˘ II and his son Matsumoto K˘shir˘ X will celebrate their shűmei in different eastern cities [more details].

    The world of Kabuki and the world of otaku will collide for the 4th time in Kabuki history at the end of April 2019! Ch˘kabuki (literally Ultra-Kabuki) will be back! Nakamura Shid˘ will once again share the stage with the virtual 3D creature Hatsune Miku. They will perform together in a Ch˘kabuki dance-drama which will be entitled "Hana Kurabe Senbon Zakura" (this was also the 1st Ch˘kabuki drama in 2016). It will staged at the Makuhari Messe the 28th and the 29th of April 2019, as part of the Niconico Ch˘kaigi 2019 event, an important yearly event for the otaku tribes [more details].

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ will perform in a special Buy˘ program the 28th of June 2019 in Shimonoseki at Shimonoseki Shimin Kaikan (Shimonoseki Civic Center) [more details]. It will also celebrate the 130th anniversary of the city of Akamagaseki, the former name of Shimonoseki.

    Ichikawa En'ya is the star of a short Panasonic commercial based on the famous drama "Sanmon" for a special high-frequency therapy device [more details].

    Pictures of Nakamura Baigyoku, who will play the role of Uchiha Madara in "NARUTO" (Kabuki adaptation of Kishimoto Masashi's internationally popular manga "NARUTO") in June 2019 in Ky˘to at the Minamiza, have been published [more details].

    A new type of Kabuki will be performed for the very first time in May 2019! It will be called OfushiatÔ Kabuki, literally "Off Theater Kabuki" and it will be staged from the 11th to the 17th of May at the Warehouse TERRADA and from the 22nd to the 29th of May at the Shinjuku FACE. This new experiment will be (loosely?) based on Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Abura no Jigoku". It will star Nakamura Shid˘, Nakamura Kazutar˘ and two non-Kabuki actors (Akahori Masaaki and Arakawa Yoshiyoshi) [more details].

    Four posters for the April 2019 performances at the Kabukiza have been published:

    28 February
    2019

    Onoe Kikunosuke's son Terajima Kazufumi, who is also the grandson of both Living National Treasures Onoe Kikugor˘ and Nakamura Kichiemon, will make his hatsubutai and receive the name of Onoe Ushinosuke VII, a name unheld for 23 years, in May 2019 at the Kabukiza. He will perform in the dance-drama "Ehon Ushiwakamaru", which was written by the novelist Murakami Genz˘ and was premiered in February 1984 for the hatsubutai of Onoe Ushinosuke VI.

    The two programs for the April Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza in April 2019 have been published [more details]. These will be the final Heisei Kabuki programs at the Kabukiza. There will be 5 Living National Treasures, Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Kichiemon, Sakata T˘jűr˘, Kataoka Nizaemon and Nakamura T˘z˘, and the highlights will be:

  • The dance-drama "Osamaru Miyo Nagori no Emaki" with Nakamura Fukusuke and Band˘ Yajűr˘ will be staged to celebrate the end of the Heisei era.
  • The rarely-staged "Zama Yashiro" scene will open the staging of "Shinpan Utazaimon", with Nakamura Jakuemon in the role of Osome. This scene was staged for the last time more than 40 years ago, in January 1979 at the National Theatre.
  • Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘ will celebrate his 88th birthday in the dance-drama "Sakae Kotohogu Fuji no Suehiro".
  • Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon and Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘ will play the roles of Shirai Gonpachi and Banzuiin Ch˘bŕ in the drama "Suzu-ga-Mori".

  • Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon will play the prestigious role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in "Sanemori Monogatari".
  • Ichikawa Ennosuke will perform in "Kurozuka", a classic of the Omodakaya guild.

  • "Ninin Yűgiri" will be staged with Nakamura Kaishun and Kataoka Takatar˘ in the roles of the two Yűgiri and Nakamura Ganjir˘ as Fujiya Izaemon.
  • The Zenshinza troupe will perform in May 2019 at the National Theatre in Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Sakura Giminden" [more details].

    The next three releases in the Shinema Kabuki ("Cinema Kabuki") series have been published:

  • 33rd release: "Noda-ban Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita", which was shot live in high definition in August 2017 at the Kabukiza, will be released all over Japan from the 5th of April 2019.
  • 34th release: "Onna Goroshi Abura no Jigoku", which was shot live in high definition in July 2018 at the Sh˘chikuza, will be released all over Japan from the 8th of November 2019.
  • 35th release: "Kuruwa Bunsh˘", which was shot live in high definition in April 2009 at the Kabukiza, will be released all over Japan from the 3rd of January 2020.
  • The signed handprints of Nakamura Kankur˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke were taken the 16th of February 2019 and set into the Plaza of Stars (SutÔ no Hiroba in Japanese) on Orange Street (Orenji D˘ri in Japanese) in front of the Asakusa K˘kaid˘ [pictures and more details in Japanese].

    Kishimoto Masashi's internationally popular manga "NARUTO", which got its Kabuki adaptation in August 2018 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, under the supervision of G2 (both writer and director), will be staged in June 2019 in Ky˘to at the Minamiza. The roles of Uzumaki Naruto and Uchiha Sasuke will be played by Band˘ Minosuke and Nakamura Hayato. The guest star Nakamura Baigyoku will play the role of Uchiha Madara [more details].

    Kataoka Ainosuke (under his stage name) and Ichikawa Chűsha (under his real name Kagawa Teruyuki) are part of the casting of Fukuzawa Katsuo's movie "Nanatsu no Kaigi" (the international title will be "Whistleblower"), which was released in Japan the 1st of February 2019. This movie was based on Ikeido Jun's novel "Nanatsu no Kaigi".

    The Zenshinza troupe will be on tour all over Japan in March 2019 and April 2019 [more details].

    Nakamura Kazutar˘, Ichikawa Juen and Nakamura Jűjir˘ were the award-winners of the "New Face" Award (Engeki Shinjin Sh˘), the Matsuo Kuniz˘ Award (Matsuo Kuniz˘ Sh˘) and the Matsuo Hazue Award (Matsuo Hazue Sh˘) of the 40th Matsuo Artistic Awards (Matsuo Gein˘ Sh˘).

    There was a mamemaki ceremony for setsubun the 3rd of February 2019 at the Kabukiza [pictures and more details in Japanese].

    There will be a special release, a not-numbered one, in the Shinema Kabuki ("Cinema Kabuki") series: "Yűgen" starring Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, which was shot live in high definition in September 2017 at the Hakataza, will be released all over Japan from the 27th of September 2019.

    The 8th edition of Ginza Kobikitei, an event with k˘dan storytellers, will happen the 29th of March 2019 at the Kabukiza Gallery (5th floor of the Kabukiza building). The k˘dan storytellers will be Kanda Matsunoj˘ and Kanda Shun'y˘. All the stories will be Kabuki-related: "Megumi no Kenka" for Kanda Shun'y˘ and "Kozaru Shichinosuke" for Kanda Matsunoj˘.

    Four posters for the March 2019 performances at the Kabukiza have been published:

    31 January
    2019

    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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