Postponement of one Kabuki program in February 2023 due to coronavirus (COVID-19)!!!

3 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza), 2 in Fukuoka (Hakataza), 1 tour (Zenshinza) and 1 in Naruto (ďtsuka Museum of Art)!

  • ??? perform at the Kabukiza !
  • Ichikawa Ennosuke and his troupe perform at the Hakataza!
  • The Zenshinza troupe is on tour!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 25 February 2023
    Nigatsu ďkabuki
    February Grand Kabuki
    1st program

    Sannin Kichisa Tomoe no Shiranami
    A t˘shi ky˘gen production in 3 acts (5 scenes)

    2nd program

    Onna Kurumabiki

    Funa Benkei

    3rd program

    Reigen Kameyama Hoko
    (Kameyama no Adauchi)


    Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Kataoka Takatar˘, Onoe Sh˘roku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Band˘ Minosuke, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Nakamura Takanosuke, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Kamimura Kichiya, Band˘ Kamez˘, Nakamura Matsue, Nakamura Kash˘, Matsumoto Kingo, Sawamura S˘nosuke, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Kataoka Sennosuke, Kataoka Kamez˘, Nakamura Kichinoj˘, Kataoka Matsunosuke, Arashi Kitsusabur˘, Ichimura Kitsutar˘, Onoe Sakon


    The February Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the fifth Kabukiza. "Funa Benkei" is staged to commemorate the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of the passing away of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ V.

  • Sannin Kichisa:
    (Three Thieves Named Kichisa)
    The late 19th century playwright Kawatake Mokuami excelled at plays about thieves and this play is considered to be one of his greatest. Three thieves, all with the name Kichisa, meet on a riverbank. Oj˘ Kichisa (Nakamura Shichinosuke) was once a Kabuki onnagata and robs in the guise of a woman. Ob˘ Kichisa (Kataoka Ainosuke) is a handsome young man while Osh˘ Kichisa (Onoe Sh˘roku) has more weight and stature as the head of a derelict temple. Though they start out as rivals, they decide to become blood brothers and form a gang. The three are bound by fate in many ways, with the crimes of one leading to hardship of the family of another. But the same sins and crimes also lead to rescue and salvation. The play combines dark drama with the most beautiful of poetry. In the famous scene on a riverbank Oj˘ Kichisa kills a young prostitute and then speaks in the playwrightĺs famous rhythmical speech of the moon on a hazy night and the gold coins that have fallen into his hands. Soon, these gold coins will link together the three thieves named Kichisa, and in turn, draw these three into a larger drama of crime and retribution. The play combines the playwright Kawatake Mokuami's gritty depiction of the lowest levels of society with intoxicatingly beautiful music and poetry to bring life to his vision of the cycles of sin and retribution.
  • Onna Kurumabiki: a usual practice was celebrated female impersonators to have famous male roles rewritten for them. Numerous titles of already popular plays to which the character onna (ôwomanö) was added appeared in the Kabuki repertory over the centuries, such as "Onna Narukami" ("Female Narukami") or "Onna Shibaraku" ("Female Shibaraku"). "Onna Kurumabiki" is a female parodic dance based on "Kurumabiki". The three brothers Matsu˘maru, Ume˘maru and Sakuramaru are replaced by their wives Chiyo (Nakamura Kaishun), Haru (Nakamura Jakuemon) and Yae (Nakamura Shichinosuke).
  • Funa Benkei: although he won a war against the enemy Heike clan, the young general Yoshitsune (Nakamura Senjaku) has gained the disfavor of his brother, the Sh˘gun, and tries to flee to Kyűshű by boat. Before he sets sail, he must say farewell to his lover Shizuka (Nakamura Takanosuke), who performs a dance expressing her grief at their separation. Once the boat sets sail, the spirit of the great Heike general Tomomori (Nakamura Takanosuke), killed by Yoshitsune in battle at sea, appears and attacks to take revenge for the destruction of his clan. They are only saved by the prayers of Yoshitsune's companion, the warrior-priest Benkei (Nakamura Matagor˘). The roles of both Shizuka and Tomomori are played by the same actor.
  • Kameyama no Adauchi:
    (The Blood Revenge at Kameyama)
    The February 3rd program at the Kabukiza is a 4-act revival of a play first performed in 1822 written by Tsuruya Nanboku IV (1755~1829), who is famous for his plays with sex, ghosts and grotesque humor. The play is based on the story of an actual vendetta, which was a favorite theme of Nanboku's. He dramatized the story four separate times. The play shows the villain Fujita Mizuemon and his fierce struggle with those who are trying to kill him to avenge the death of a man he killed in a rivalry over fighting skills. In scene after scene, there is a tense struggle to see who will kill whom. But the play is also filled with generous doses of Nanboku's black humor. The scene shifts abruptly from the raucous noise and laughter of the pleasure quarters to a grim scene in a crematory where Mizuemon attempts to escape his pursuers by disguising himself as a corpse and hiding in a casket. There is the thrill of seeing the actor play Mizuemon instantly change to his rival Hachirobŕ. Then there is the confusion among several caskets, ending with the sudden appearance of the living Mizuemon from the casket in the midst of the flames. Starring Kataoka Nizaemon in the roles of Fujita Mizuemon and Hachirobŕ. Featuring Nakamura Jakuemon as the geisha Otsuma, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘ as the Ishii k˘shitsu Teirin, Nakamura Shikan as Ishii Gennoj˘ and the servant Sodesuke, Nakamura Ganjir˘ as ďgishi Tanomo and Kakezuka Kanbŕ, Kataoka Takatar˘ as Gennoj˘'s wife Omatsu, Kamimura Kichiya as Tanbaya Oriki and Kataoka Ichiz˘ and Hotoke Sakusuke.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Hakataza (Fukuoka)
    Dates 5 ~ 19 February 2023
    Nigatsu Hanagata Kabuki
    February Young Actors Kabuki

    Shin Sangokushi
    A new version of this SűpÔ Kabuki drama focusing on Kan U


    Ichikawa Ennosuke, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Ichikawa En'ya, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Ichikawa Omez˘, Ichikawa Seiko, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Fukunosuke, Nakamura Baika, Ichikawa Danko, Ishibashi Sh˘ji, Asano Kazuyuki


    A special program in Fukuoka at the Hakataza starring Ichikawa Ennosuke! Ichikawa Seiko II celebrates his shűmei in Fukuoka at the Hakataza.

  • Shin Sangokushi: This play is performed for the first time at the Kabukiza, with a new production and concept based on the original SűpÔ Kabuki play created by Ichikawa Ennosuke III (now En'˘). Kan U (Ichikawa Ennosuke) has a fateful encounter with Ch˘ Hi (Ichikawa En'ya) and Ryű Bi (Ichikawa Emiya) who has high-minded ambitions. Impressed by Ch˘ Hi's direct gaze as he explains his dream of a world where people live happily, and trusting his ability to see things in his dreams, the three become sworn brothers in a peach orchard in full-bloom. In order to realise Ch˘ Hi's ideal peaceful world, they invite the young skilled military strategist Sh˘katsu K˘mei (Ichikawa Seiko) to be their military advisor. Sh˘katsu K˘mei advises them to found a third country to compete with the two rising powers. The age of rival warlords begins.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Dates 21 February 2023
    Yume Miru Chikara ~ Tokubetsu Buy˘ K˘en
    Power to Dream ~ Special Dance Performances

    Harugasumi Kabuki Z˘shi (Okuni Sanza)



    Ichikawa Seiko, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Fukunosuke, Ichikawa Danko, Ichikawa Utaki


    A special Buy˘ program in Fukuoka at the Hakataza.

  • Okuni Sanza:
    (A Kabuki Scroll)
    Kabuki is said to have begun in the early 17th century with the colorful dances of the shrine maiden Okuni and the short sketches she performed with her lover, the gallant samurai Nagoya Sanza. This modern dance recreates the romantic atmosphere of the earliest days of Kabuki. Starring Band˘ Shingo and Nakamura Fukunosuke in the roles of Okuni and Nagoya Sanza.
  • Akutar˘: this dance is based on a comic Ky˘gen play and was written for Ichikawa En'˘ and was one of his specialities. This dance shows a wild drunkard named Akutar˘ (Ichikawa Seiko). He appears with a bushy beard and long halberd and waves it around wildly. But his uncle (Nakamura Fukunosuke) has a plan to cure him of drinking.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Zenshinza Tour
    Dates 26 January ~ 5 March 2023

    B˘ Shibari

    Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi


    Fujikawa Yanosuke, Yamazaki Tatsusabur˘, Nakajima K˘tar˘, Tamaura Yűnosuke, Hayase Einoj˘, Matsunami Kihachir˘, Arashi Ichitar˘, Watarai Motoyuki, Takei Shigeru, Ishijima Ryűsei


    A long tour for the Zenshinza troupe:

  • B˘ Shibari:
    (Tied to a Pole)
    A dance play based on a classical Ky˘gen farce. A master (Watarai Motoyuki) is irritated that his two servants always drink his wine while he is out. He plots with his servant Tar˘kaja (Tamaura Yűnosuke) to trick the other servant Jir˘kaja (Nakajima K˘tar˘) into demonstrating his skill at stick fighting, tying him to the stick. The master then ties up Tar˘kaja as well. But he is outsmarted when the two still manage to drink his wine while tied up. Their happy singing and dancing while tied up is a dazzling display of virtuoso dancing and star two of the finest young dancers in Kabuki.
  • Bunshichi Mottoi: Ch˘bŕ spends his days and nights gambling, but is finally made aware of his family's problems when his daughter takes a job in the pleasure quarters. Having received the money for her contract, he shows his good side to save a young man on the edge of suicide after losing a large sum of money, but nobody believes Ch˘bŕ, thinking that he has gambled the money away. The performance stars Fujikawa Yanosuke, Hayase Einoj˘ and Ishijima Ryűsei in the roles of Ch˘bŕ, Ch˘bŕ's wife Okane and Bunshichi.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    ďtsuka Museum of Art (Naruto)
    Dates ??? ~ ??? February 2023 [POSTPONED]
    Sistine Kabuki





    The 11th edition of the Sistine Kabuki, a Kabuki program within the Sistine Hall of the ďtsuka Museum of Art, which is located in the city of Naruto (Tokushima prefecture), has been postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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