The April 2020 Kabuki performance will be performed at the Shinbshi Enbujo Theatre, not the Kabuki-za theatre, due to ongoing maintenance work at the Kabuki-za theatre. Unfortunately, there are no English subtitle devices available in April. However, we would like to provide detailed English language summaries of the all performances in advance of you joining our tour. Reading the detailed summaries will be helpful for understanding and following the plot. Performance dates: April 3rd to 27th. 'No show on April 15th).
The May, June and July Kabuki performances make up a 3 months of special shumei or “name-taking” performances at the Kabuki-za theatre. Kabuki actors take a traditional stage name which is handed down generation to generation within Kabuki families. When the actor debuts or after their skills have matured to a certain level, they change their stage name to reflect this. Each stage new name demonstrates the performers rank and skillset. Ebizo Ichikawa will succeed his honorable father’s name and, in turn, Ebizo’s son, aged 7, will make his debut and take his first stage name as Shinnosuke Ichikawa, in May. If you are interested in these performance, please contact us as soon as possible! Performance dates: May 3rd to 27th, June 1st to 25th and July 1st to 20th. (No show on 15thand June 12th).
Kabuki is performed at the National Theatre in June and July. The programms include a friendly introductory lecture hosted by one of the young stars and performances. June Kabuki: 2nd to 21st. July Kabuki: 3rd to 17th and 22nd to 27th.
TOKYO KABUKI GUIDE
TOKYO KABUKI GUIDE is a special concierge service. We have been providing you all the information you need to know about Kabuki in Tokyo since 2010.
We operate several types of Kabuki tours to enhance your Kabuki experience. We provide advanced tickets, handouts, English summaries and a pre-performance presentation. Tours for people who buy one act tickets or visit the Kabuki-za Gallery are also available.
Tailor-made tours, such as tours for a big group, students etc. are also available. Please feel free to contact us!
Where and when is Kabuki performed?
Kabuki is performed for about 25 days per month at two theatres in Tokyo as below:
Kabuki-za Theatre: every month.
The National Theatre: January, March, June, July, October, November and December.
There are some theatres for Kabuki in other cities but Kabuki is rarely performed outside of Tokyo.
Why did you start this service?
Founder Kazui Yabe, a Japanese female licensed tour guide and volunteer Japanese language teacher, has enjoyed introducing Kabuki to both Japanese and visiting friends for many years before establishing Kabuki tour guide in 2010.
A note from Kazui: "I believe that with the help of some essential information about the art itself and the plays in performance, Kabuki becomes even more understandable and enjoyable. As a Japanese person, I love to help guests find points of interest to them within each performance and am passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience of Kabuki. I look forward to welcoming you to my tour!"
Seeing Kabuki is to see Japan’s traditional stage arts which have been established for over 400 years.
The Japanese government had a seclusion policy in place for more than two hundred years, from 1639 to 1853.
In this period, the administration was stabilized and a period of peace ensued bringing with the unique cultural development.
Kabuki is one of the best examples of this.
Kabuki, which is the most popular of the traditional Japanese stage arts, is still hugely popular in Japan.
It is said that there are so many Kabuki plays in existence.
However, only about 400 of these have retained their popularity over time.
Kabuki has developed by taking many elements of the traditional stage arts,
such as Noh theatre and Bunraku Puppet theatre and combined them with the Japanese sense of beauty.
There are many unique features of Kabuki performance including acting techniques,
costumes, wigs, stage setting mechanisms etc. that can only be seen in Kabuki.
It has been said that Kabuki is the closest you can get to a true sense of Japanese aesthetic beauty.
Kabuki is unpretentious, easy to enjoy and much more accessible than other traditional performance such as Noh theatres.
However, knowing a little background information will enhance your Kabuki experience.
Which is why we would like to provide our guests with a pre-performance presentation.
Please join us!
We are looking forward to ensuring every moment at the theatre will be unforgettable for all our guests,
beyond couples, family, student on a group tour or anything in between.
February 2020 － April 2020
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*Lecture venue: Japanese tea shop nearby the Shinbashi Enbujo Theatre (not the tea shop located on the 5th floor of the Kabuki-za Theatre)
If the tea shop, which does not take advance bookings, is full, the lecture venue will be an alternative nearby coffee shop and we would like to offer you a discount of 500 yen.