31 January

Important: there will be shűmei/hatsubutai performances in June 2024 at the Kabukiza for the Yorozuya guild!

  • Shűmei: Nakamura Tokiz˘ V and his son Nakamura Baishi IV will respectively take the names of Nakamura Manju and Nakamura Tokiz˘ VI. The new Tokiz˘ will play the role of Omiwa in "Mikasayama Goten". The new Manju will play the role of Yamanba in the eponymous dance-drama. Interesting to note that the name Manju, in which the ideogram for man is the same as yorozu in Nakamura Tokiz˘'s yag˘ Yorozuya, was not an old haimy˘ used by ancestors of Nakamura Tokiz˘. It was created by the actor and there is a hint at the Manju Era, which started the 19th of August 1024, almost 1000 years ago.
  • Hatsubutai: Nakamura Tokiz˘'s grandson and Nakamura Baishi's son Ogawa Hiroharu (born the 28th of October 2015) will make his hatsubutai and receive the name of Nakamura Baishi V. He will perform with his grandfather in "Yamanba". Nakamura Shid˘'s sons Ogawa Haruki (born the 18th of December 2017) and Ogawa Natsuki (born the 27th of June 2020) will also make their hatsubutai and receive the names of Nakamura Haruki and Nakamura Natsuki. They will play the roles of decchi in "Sakanaya S˘gor˘" (the role of S˘gor˘ will be played by their father Nakamura Shid˘).
  • The two programs for the March Grand Kabuki performances at the Kabukiza in March 2024 have been published [more details]. The highlights of these performances will be:

  • "Keisei D˘j˘ji", which will be staged to commemorate the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of the passing away of Nakamura Jakuemon IV. His son Nakamura Jakuemon V will play the leading role.
  • Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon in the role of Tokugawa Tsunatoyo in "Ohama Goten".
  • The rarely-staged "Daidaik˘" act in a t˘shi ky˘gen production of "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba". This act was staged for the last time in October 2015 at the National Theatre and, before, in July 1962 at the Kabukiza.
  • Nakamura Kankur˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke will be on tour from the 26th of March to the 1st of April 2024 [more details]. They will perform in 6 venues to commemorate the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of the passing away of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII.

    Nakamura Kankur˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke will be on tour in April 2024 [more details]. This is the 5th edition of a Spring Tour called Shungy˘ Kabuki Tokubetsu K˘en, literally 'The Dawn of Spring Kabuki Special Performances'. They will perform in 15 venues, including 7 traditional wooden-built theaters (listed below), to commemorate the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of the passing away of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII:

  • The Yachiyoza in Yamaga the 5th of April 2024.
  • The Uchikoza in Uchiko the 10th of April 2024.
  • The Gom˘za in Gifu Prefecture the 12th of April 2024.
  • The Azumaza in Nakatsugawa the 13th of April 2024.
  • The Kashimo Meijiza in Nakatsugawa the 14th of April 2024.
  • The Aioiza in Mizunami the 15th of April 2024.
  • The K˘rakukan in Kosaka (Akita Prefecture) the 18th of April 2024.
  • Grand Kabuki right in the heart of the Kabukich˘ entertainment district near Shinjuku Station! The Nakamuraya guild will perform at the Theater MILANO-Za in May 2024 [more details].

    The Zenshinza will perform in May 2024 at the T˘ky˘ Tatemono Brillia Hall (T˘shima Arts and Culture Theatre), instead of the usual Kabuki performances at the National Theatre [more details].

    There will be a Kabuki Appreciation Class in May 2024 in Ky˘to at the Minamiza [more details].

    The Duty of Remembrance:

  • The 19th of January 2024, we could have celebrated the 275th anniversary of the premiere of "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was originally written for the puppet theater and staged for the first time in the 8th lunar month of 1748 in ďsaka at the Takemotoza, which was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai [casting]. The opening day was the 1st day of the 12th lunar month of the 1st year of the Kan'en era, which was the 19th of January 1749 in the western calendar.
  • The 16th of January 2024, we could have celebrated the 125th anniversary of the passing away of the star Nakamura Shikan IV (1830~1899). He died the 16th of January 1899.
  • The 27th of January 2024, we could have celebrated the 75th anniversary of the passing away of the star Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII (1870~1949). He died the 27th of January 1949.
  • The 5th of January 2024, we could have celebrated the 50th anniversary of the passing away of the actor Fujikawa Buzaemon IV (1906~1974). He died the 5th of January 1974.
  • Members of the Edo Firefighting Memorial Association performed kiyari ritual dances within the Kabukiza the 5th of January 2024 [more details in Japanese].

    A new release of Shinema Kabuki ("Cinema Kabuki") all over Japan from the 5th of April 2024. It will be "T˘ken Ranbu ~ Tsuki no Tsurugi Enishi no Kiri no Ha", a newly-created Kabuki drama based on a ... free-to-play collectible card browser video game named "T˘ken Ranbu". It was shot live in high definition in July 2023 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘. It starred Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku, Onoe Matsuya, Onoe Ukon, Nakamura Kangyoku and Nakamura Takanosuke [more details].

    4 new videos on the YouTube channel Kabuki In-Depth: In Praise of Shadows:

    1 poster for the February 2024 performances at the Hakataza has been published and will be sold within the theater:

    The 13th of January 2024, there was a memorial meeting held in a T˘ky˘ hotel with the heirs of the Nakamuraya guild: Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Kantar˘ and Nakamura Ch˘zabur˘. It was the beginning of a coming long series of performances commemorating the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of the passing away of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII [pictures and more details in Japanese].

    Interesting exhibition at the Minamiza related to the collaboaration of the world of Kabuki with the world of anime. It started the 20th of January 2024 and it will end the 18th of February 2024. The two anime series Macross Frontier and Macross Delta, which celebrate in 2024 their 40th anniversary, have collaborated with the Sh˘chiku Company to produce Kabuki design and costumes related to these two series [more details].

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