3 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National N˘ Theatre, NHK Hall) and 2 tours (Western Provinces, Classics Tour)!

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates 2 ~ 26 September 2018 (Shűzan Matsuri Kugatsu ďkabuki)
Shűzan's Festival September Grand Kabuki

Gion Sairei Shink˘ki (Kinkakuji)

Onizoroi Momijigari

Kumo ni Magou Ueno no Hatsuhana (K˘chiyama)


Matsu no Kotobuki Ayatsuri Sanbas˘

Heike Nyogo no Shima (Shunkan)



Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Baigyoku, Onoe Kikunosuke, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Fukusuke, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Band˘ Kamez˘, Nakamura Kotar˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Sawamura S˘nosuke, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Kash˘, Nakamura Yonekichi, Nakamura Fukunosuke, ďtani Hirotar˘, Nakamura Hayato, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Nakamura Mantar˘, Nakamura Tamatar˘, Ichikawa Otora, Nakamura Baika, Nakamura Kichinoj˘


The 11th edition in T˘ky˘ of a special program called "Shűzan Matsuri" (the festival of Shűzan) is staged at the Kabukiza to commemorate the great actor Nakamura Kichiemon I, whose's haimy˘ was Shűzan.

Kabuki Tour in the western provinces
Dates 31 August ~ 25 September 2018

Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura

  • Michiyuki Hatsune no Tabi
  • Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata
  • Casting

    Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Kamimura Kichiya, Ichikawa En'ya, Nakamura Matsue, Ichikawa Juen


    The usual September Grand Kabuki Tour in the western provinces.

    Classics Tour
    Dates 1 ~ 22 September 2018 (Koten he no Izanai)
    Invitation to the Classics



    Echigo Jishi




    Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Ichikawa Kudanji, ďtani Hiromatsu


    The first leg (September) of the Fall Tour of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ with performances in 9 cities. The first number in the program is not a Kabuki dance-drama but a performance of taiko drum. The second item is a greetings stage talk ("Goaisatsu") done by Ichikawa Ebiz˘.

  • Echigo Jishi: one of the most popular dances in the Kabuki repertory, this shows a traveling entertainer (Ichikawa Kudanji) that performed lion dances, with an adult playing the music and a child doing acrobatics like a little lion. The dance shows the feelings of the adult performer and his feelings for his home in the Echigo region and finally ends with the famous white cloth of the area as he waves long strips of cloth in a variety of different patterns.
  • Shiokumi: in the classical Theatre, there are few plays as evocative as Matsukaze, the story of a court noble exiled to the seacoast where he falls in love with two fisher women. The women make their living scooping up heavy buckets of sea water to make salt and this has become a famous dance. Starring ďtani Hiromatsu as the shiokumi Matsukaze.
  • Jayanagi: an extremely rare play from the original Kabuki Jűhachiban. High on holy Mt. K˘ya, there is a willow tree that attracts the vengeful spirits of jealous women which possesses a passing traveler. Starring Ichikawa Ebiz˘ in the roles of Suketar˘ of Tanba Province (in reality the spirit of the willow tree) and the powerful warrior Kong˘maru in the oshimodoshi grand finale.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    NHK Hall (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 28 October 2017 (Koten Gein˘ Kansh˘ Kai)

    Genpei Nunobiki no Taki
    (Sanemori Monogatari)


    Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Kamimura Kichiya, Matsumoto Kingo, Nakamura Kikaku


    45th edition of Koten Gein˘ Kansh˘ Kai (literally the "Classics Entertainment Appreciation Association"), a yearly performance produced by the National TV network NHK. The program includes traditional music, one ky˘gen and one Kabuki drama.

  • Sanemori Monogatari: a play about the early days of the rivalry between the Genji and Heike warrior clans. The warrior Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori (Ko9) 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, 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 Nakamura Kikaku as Senoo Jűr˘.
  • Source: Earphone Guide website

    National N˘ Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 1 September 2018 (Sh˘ no Kai)





    5th edition of the Sh˘ no Kai, a gala program which stars Nakamura Tomijűr˘ V's son Nakamura Takanosuke. Nakamura Takanosuke performs in "Kumasaka" (shimai) and "Yoshinoyama" (the role of the fox Tadanobu). His sister Watanabe Aiko performs in "Komori" and "Yoshinoyama" (the role of Shizuka Gozen). The long-time NHK announcer Kasai Seiji is the guest in charge of all the talking.

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