SEPTEMBER 2022

4 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, Shinbashi Enbuj˘), 2 in ďsaka (Sh˘chikuza, ďtsuki N˘ Theatre) and 3 in Ky˘to (Minamiza, Shunjűza)!

  • Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Matsumoto Haku˘, Nakamura Kaishun, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Nakamura Fukusuke, Nakamura Kotar˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, ďtani Tomoemon, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Nakamura Baishi and Nakamura Yonekichi perform at the Kabukiza !
  • Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kataoka Ainosuke, Ichikawa Ennosuke and Nakamura Kazutar˘ perform at the Sh˘chikuza !
  • Nakamura Shid˘ and Hatsune Miku perform perform at the Minamiza and at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 4 ~ 27 September 2022
    Shűzan Matsuri Kugatsu ďkabuki
    Shűzan's Festival September Grand Kabuki
    1st program

    Hakuroj˘ Monogatari

    Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (Terakoya)

    2nd program

    Matsuura no Taiko

    Agehach˘ Tsuzure no Omokage

    3rd program

    Kanadehon Chűshingura
    (Gion Ichiriki Jaya)

    Fujito

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Matsumoto Haku˘, Nakamura Kaishun, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Nakamura Fukusuke, Nakamura Kotar˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, ďtani Tomoemon, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Nakamura Baishi, Nakamura Yonekichi, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Matsumoto Kingo, Band˘ Kamez˘, Nakamura Kash˘, Nakamura Mantar˘, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Kataoka Sennosuke, ďtani Hirotar˘, Nakamura Kangyoku, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Nakamura Takanosuke, Nakamura Kichinoj˘, Onoe Ushinosuke, Nakamura Tanetar˘, Nakamura Hidenosuke

    Comments

    The 1st edition at the Kabukiza of the new "Shűzan Matsuri" (the festival of Shűzan), which is staged to commemorate late Nakamura Kichiemon II. Shűzan was the haimy˘ used by both Nakamura Kichiemon I and Nakamura Kichiemon II. Nakamura Kash˘ IV's two sons, Nakamura Tanetar˘ V and Nakamura Hidenosuke, make their hatsubutai in "Terakoya" and receive their first stage name.

  • Hakuroj˘ Monogatari: Honda Heihachir˘ Tadatoki (Nakamura Matagor˘) plans to hold a moon viewing party for his newly wed wife Senhime (Nakamura Tokiz˘). Her ladies-in-waiting prepare for the party in the castle but they are afraid of something. A specter is said to appear every night at the top floor of the castle tower, so Miyamoto Musashi (Nakamura Karoku), the greatest swordsman of Japan, is invited this evening to slay the specter. This play was adapted from the history and legend of Miyamoto Musashi, arranged and directed by Nakamura Kichiemon II, and was first performed in 1999 at Himeji Castle. Starring Nakamura Kankur˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke in the roles of the spirit of late Toyotomi Hideyori and Princess Osakabe. Featuring also Nakamura Kinnosuke in the role of the chief retainer Tsuzuki S˘zaemon.
  • Terakoya: Genz˘ and his wife Tonami run a small school and are protecting Kan Sh˘j˘'s son and heir, saying that he is their son. However, word has gotten out Kan Sh˘j˘'s son is there and Genz˘ has been ordered to behead him. Moreover, Matsu˘maru is to come to inspect the head. Their only alternative is to kill one of the other students as a substitute, but all of the students are farmer's children who could never pass for the son of a court aristocrat. However, a new boy arrives that day and Genz˘ makes the terrible decision to kill him in the place of his lord. As it turns out, Matsu˘maru has sent his own son to be sacrificed, because of his family's long loyalty to Kan Sh˘j˘. But he must face the most terrible situation for a father, inspecting the head of his own son and lying when he says that it is the genuine head of the son of Kan Sh˘j˘. Finally Matsu˘maru reveals his true feelings to Genz˘ and he and his wife Chiyo mourn their dead son. Starring Matsumoto K˘shir˘ as Matsu˘maru (even-numbered days) or Genz˘ (odd-numbered days), Onoe Sh˘roku as Genz˘ (even-numbered days) or Matsu˘maru (odd-numbered days), Nakamura Kaishun as Chiyo and Nakamura Kotar˘ as Tonami. Featuring also Nakamura Tanenosuke as Shund˘ Genba. Featuring also Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Nakamura Tanetar˘ (Kan Shűsai) and Nakamura Hidenosuke (Kotar˘).
  • Matsuura no Taiko: Lord Matsuura (Matsumoto Haku˘) lives next door to the enemy of the loyal retainers and is disgusted because they do not seem to be interested in avenging the death of the lord. He is especially upset because he studied with the same fighting teacher as Kuranosuke, the senior retainer who should be leading the vendetta. Moreover, he learns from the haiku teacher Takarai Kikaku (Nakamura Karoku) that his student ďtaka Gengo (Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku) who should be part of the vendetta left a poem suggesting that he was forgetting his former lord and going to take service with another samurai lord. Gengo's sister Onui (Nakamura Yonekichi) serves Lord Matsuura and in disgust he is about to dismiss her, when there is a disturbance from next door. The attack has begun, and in joy, Lord Matsuura counts out the strokes of the drum, struck in a pattern that is only known by students of his fighting teacher.
  • Agehach˘ Tsuzure no Omokage: This is a play woven together from several of Nakamura Kichiemon II's most successful roles: Sano Jir˘zaemon in "Kagotsurube", in which a courtesans' parade in the Yoshiwara Pleasure Quarters where cherry blossoms are in full bloom is truly spectacular. Banzui'in Ch˘bŕ in "Suzu-ga-Mori", a stylized masterpiece by Tsuruya Nanboku IV. Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane in the tragic history play "Kumagai Jin'ya" in which the theme of transience in a world torn apart by war is very moving. Lastly, members of the Genji and Heike military clans appear at the tidal beach of Harima, fighting over the red flag of a swallowtail butterfly in a danmari. Starring Matsumoto K˘shir˘ and Nakamura Kinnosuke in the roles of Sano Jir˘zaemon/Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane and Banzui'in Ch˘bŕ. Featuring also Nakamura Fukusuke, Nakamura Kotar˘ and young actors.
  • Gion Ichiriki Jaya: "Chűshingura" is one of the most popular plays in the theatre and shows a true event when forty-seven masterless samurai avenged the death of their lord by killing his enemy. The seventh act is one of the most popular and shows the leader of the vendetta Yuranosuke as he is hiding his intention to avenge his lordĺs death by pretending to be only interested in pleasure, but also encountering key figures on his side and the side of the enemy. Yuranosuke (Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon) spends his days and nights in the pleasure quarters of Ky˘to in an effort to make their lordĺs enemy, Moron˘, believe he is not planning a vendetta. His acting is so good that even men in his own group believe he has given his life up to pleasure. Moron˘ is not so easily convinced, though, and has sent spies, including a former retainer of their late lord, En'ya Hangan, to find Yuranosuke's true intentions. Okaru (Nakamura Jakuemon), the wife of one of the retainers is now a courtesan at the Ichiriki Teahouse, unaware that her husband is dead. Okaru's brother Heiemon (Ichikawa Ebiz˘), a servant in the Hangan household, has also come to the teahouse and the interaction of these characters becomes a matter of life and death and ends with Yuranosuke preparing to lead the vendetta.
  • Fujito: Sasaki Moritsuna (Nakamura Matagor˘) has arrived in Bizen Province as the new lord after the war between the Genji and the Heike clans. A year ago, he had heartlessly killed a fisherman who told him where he could get across the shoal to the enemy's camp. The fisherman's mother Fujinami (Onoe Kikunosuke) appears and demands in tears that Moritsuna give her son back to her. Moritsuna apologizes sincerely for his unjust action and holds a memorial service for her son to appease his spirit. However, the spirit's grudge turns it into an evil dragon, which shows up in front of Moritsuna.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
    Dates 8 ~ 11 September 2022
    Kabuki Tokubetsu K˘en
    Kabuki Special Performances
    1st program

    Keisei Hangonk˘ (Domo Mata)

    Meoto D˘j˘ji

    2nd program

    Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi (Tonbŕ Sumika)

    Bakuchi Jű˘

    3rd program

    Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami

  • Sumiyoshi Torii Mae
  • Tsuribune Sabu Uchi
  • Nagamachi Ura
  • Casting

    Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kataoka Ainosuke, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Kamimura Kichiya, Nakamura Kikaku, Ichikawa Seiko, Nakamura Jűjir˘, Kataoka T˘jűr˘, Kataoka Senju, Kataoka Rikiya, Kataoka T˘kichir˘, Nakamura Kansei, Nakamura Gansei, Nakamura Gannosuke, Band˘ Takenosuke, Ichikawa Danshi

    Comments

    A special program at the Sh˘chikuza starring Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kataoka Ainosuke, Ichikawa Ennosuke and Nakamura Kazutar˘.

  • Domo Mata: the artist Matahei has been refused a professional name because of his stuttering. He makes a poor life by drawing folk paintings and decides to make one last effort to gain respectability. His wife Otoku, who is given as much to chatter as Matahei is silent, pleads his case. Turned down again by his master, Matahei decides to take his life. He draws a farewell portrait of himself, a painting so skillful that the lines seep through solid rock and this miracle convinces his master to confer a professional name. Starring Nakamura Ganjir˘ as Matahei and Ichikawa Ennosuke as his wife Otoku. Featuring Kataoka Ainosuke Utanosuke.
  • Meoto D˘j˘ji: "Musume D˘j˘ji" is based on a legend about a woman transformed into a serpent out of jealousy and who destroys a temple bell keeping her from the object of her love. The original dance shows the spirit of the woman who appears at D˘j˘ji temple as a dancer who wants to celebrate the dedication of a new bell and does a series of dances showing the many faces of femininity. In this version there are two dancers and one is revealed to be a man in disguise and, in the highlight of the dance, transforms the romantic highpoint of the original piece into a comic scene by using masks. Starring Nakamura Kazutar˘ as the female dancer and Kataoka Ainosuke as the male dancer.
  • Tonbŕ Sumika: this play was written by Hiraga Gennai, an Edo inventor, explorer and writer of comic fiction. Young Ofune is the obedient daughter of her evil father Tonbŕ, the keeper of a river crossing. She meets and falls in love with a young fugitive. Unfortunately, her father wants to capture the fugitive for a reward and Ofune can only save his life by sacrificing her own. Starring Nakamura Kazutar˘ and his father Nakamura Ganjir˘ in the roles of Ofune and his father Tonbŕ.
  • Bakuchi Jű˘:
    (The Gambling King of Hell)
    A dance adaptation by Ichikawa Ennosuke III of a farce with the same title. The hell is visited with a famine, as most people live up to Buddhism and go to paradise. Enma Dai˘ (Ichikawa Seiko) becomes impatient and goes out to the fork to the hell where he awaits sinners with his servants. A famous gambler (Ichikawa Ennosuke) comes long way there and demands sake as he is thirsty from long journey. Drinking, he tells the story of his life: He quarreled to death with another gambler. Seeing his evil deeds reflected in a mirror, Enma Dai˘ criticizes him for robbing people of money and valuables. But he insists that gamble is a game of chance. Hearing this, Enma Dai˘ gets interested and plays dice with him. Enma Dai˘ continues to lose and loses his crown, scepter, mirror and everything he bets. The gambler gets finally the passport to the paradise and leaves triumphantly for the Pure Land.
  • Natsu Matsuri: this grisly murder story became a smashing hit when it was first performed in 1745 because of the chivalrous spirit of the many ďsaka characters appearing in this story, the contrast between a brutal murder and the jovial mood of a summer festival, and the splashing of real water used on the stage. Danshichi, a gallant fishmonger, does everything he can to protect the weak young son of his patron with the help of his companion Tokubŕ and the older Sabu. Although even Tokubŕ's wife Otatsu heroically helps out, in the end, Danshichi is betrayed by his evil father-in-law Giheiji and, in the most famous scene of the play, must kill him in a mud-covered fight in a lonely alley with the shouts of the local festival nearby. This program stars Kataoka Ainosuke as Danshichi/Otatsu, with Ichikawa Seiko, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Kazutar˘ and Nakamura Kikaku as Tokubŕ, Sabu, Okaji and Mikawaya Giheiji.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Shinbashi Enbuj˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 21 August ~ 3 September 2022
    Ch˘kabuki
    Ultra-Kabuki
    Program

    Ch˘kabuki no Mikata

    Tsukisenu Haru Kabuki Odori

    Towa no Hana Homare no Isaoshi [In Japanese]

    Limited program

    Towa no Hana Homare no Isaoshi [In Japanese]

    Casting

    Nakamura Shid˘, Hatsune Miku, Sawamura Kuniya, Nakamura Ch˘shi, Ogawa Haruki

    Comments

    The world of Kabuki and the world of otaku collide for the 13th time in Kabuki history! Resulting from this spectacular collision, a new genre, the Ch˘kabuki (literally Ultra-Kabuki), was born in 2016 [more details]. Nakamura Shid˘ shares the stage with the virtual 3D creature Hatsune Miku. For the first time in in Nagoya at the Misonoza. The first item in the program is a stage talk about Ch˘kabuki. The second item is a dance-drama written by Matsuoka Ry˘ and staged under the guidance of the Fujima Kanjűr˘ VIII. The last item is the 2022 newly-created drama Ch˘kabuki also written by Matsuoka Ry˘. The main program is staged either once (morning or afternoon) or twice (morning/afternoon). The limited program is not staged in September.

    Minamiza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 8 ~ 25 September 2022
    Kugatsu Minamiza Ch˘kabuki
    September Minamiza Ultra-Kabuki
    Program

    Ch˘kabuki no Mikata

    Tsukisenu Haru Kabuki Odori

    Towa no Hana Homare no Isaoshi [In Japanese]

    Limited program

    Towa no Hana Homare no Isaoshi [In Japanese]

    Casting

    Nakamura Shid˘, Hatsune Miku, Sawamura Kuniya, Nakamura Ch˘shi, Ogawa Haruki

    Comments

    A special Ch˘kabuki program in Ky˘to at the Minamiza. The world of Kabuki and the world of otaku collide for the 14th time in Kabuki history (for the first time in a major Kabuki theater) and for the 3rd times in Ky˘to at the Minamiza! Resulting from this spectacular collision, a new genre, the Ch˘kabuki (literally Ultra-Kabuki), which combines Kabuki with advanced ICT technology, was born in 2016 [more details]. The first item in the program is a stage talk about Ch˘kabuki. The second item is a dance-drama written by Matsuoka Ry˘ and staged under the guidance of the Fujima Kanjűr˘ VIII. The last item is the 2022 newly-created drama Ch˘kabuki also written by Matsuoka Ry˘. Nakamura Shid˘ shares the stage with the virtual 3D creature Hatsune Miku. The main program will is staged either once (morning) or twice (morning/afternoon). The limited edition is staged the 9th, 18th and 24th of September in the afternoon.

    Shunjűza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 2 ~ 4 September 2022
    Shunjűza Tokubetsu Buy˘ K˘en
    Shunjűza Special Dance Performances
    Program

    Koma

    K˘j˘

    Modori Kago Iro ni Aikata

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ennosuke, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Ichikawa Seiko, Ichikawa Danko

    Comments

    A special Buy˘ program starring Ichikawa Ennosuke. This program celebrates the shűmei in Ky˘to of Ichikawa Seiko II. The Shunjűza is a thetater located within the Ky˘to University of the Arts.

  • Koma: there are many dances that show street performers and others peddlers that you might have seen on the streets of old Edo. This short, energetic dance accompanied by the Tokiwazu style of music features a top vendor (Ichikawa Danko), who sells her tops by performing various tricks.
  • K˘j˘: the close relationship between the actors and the audience is shown by these stage announcements, lavish ceremonies to commemorate various important events. In this case, all the actors of the cast assemble to celebrate the shűmei in Ky˘to of Ichikawa Seiko II.
  • Modori Kago: two palanquin bearers, one from ďsaka, the other from Edo (pre-modern T˘ky˘), decide to stop and rest. As they do so, each boasts of the respective merits of his native town. Finally, the little apprentice courtesan (kamuro) they have been carrying, alights from the palanquin and joins them in their dance. Featuring Ichikawa Seiko as the palanquin bearer from ďsaka (in reality Ishikawa Goemon), Ichikawa Ennosuke as the palanquin bearer from Edo (in reality Goemon's arch-enemy Mashiba Hisayoshi) and Nakamura Kazutar˘ as the kamuro.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Dates 4 September 2022
    Hito Tsunagi no Kai
    People-Connecting Gala
    Program

    Matsu no Meisho

    Tomo Yakko

    Nasu no Yoichi Yumiya no Homare

    Shizuka to Tomomori

    Shichi Fukujin

    Miyako Fűryű

    Yamanba

    Fuji Musume
    Performed by Ichikawa Seiko

    Yoshiwara Suzume

    Koma
    Performed by Ichikawa Ennosuke

    Renjishi

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ennosuke, Ichikawa Seiko

    Comments

    3rd edition of the Hito Tsunagi no Kai ('People-Connecting Gala'), starring Ichikawa Ennosuke's disciples.

    ďtsuki N˘ Theatre (ďsaka)
    Dates 25 September 2022
    Miyoshiya Ichimonkai
    The Gala of the Miyoshiya Guild
    Program

    Goaisatsu

    Shiokumi

    Shizuka to Tomomori

    Tamate Gozen
    Based on the drama "Gapp˘"

    Casting

    Kamimura Kichiya, Kamimura Kichitar˘, Kamimura Orinosuke

    Comments

    The 3rd edition of the gala of the Miyoshiya Guild, led by Kamimura Kichiya. The first item in the program, "Goaisatsu" (literally "Greetings"), is a stage speech. The ďtsuki N˘ Theatre is located near ďsaka Castle. It was established in 1935 and it is one of the few theaters in Kansai which has survived WWII.

     
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