Guests' comment 2017
Chuck (Oregon, USA)
Attended Kabuki-za Gallery tour and saw the evening 20th April show at the Kabuki-za theatre (Premium tour)
You were great. We really enjoyed the theater due in large part to you imparting your understanding of how Kabuki works.
Janinka (Melbourne, Australia)
Attended Kabuki-za Gallery tour and saw the evening 9th April show at the Kabuki-za theatre. (Premium tour)
Kazui Thanks for providing the most informative introduction for my night at Kabuki. Your background information about the history of Kabuki, the types of roles and characters and looking at the Kabuki gallery, all enriched my understanding of what I was to experience that night. I appreciated your help in choosing refreshments and meals which were part of the night's traditions as well. Can I say that as a first time Kabuki visitor I was overwhelmed by how magnificient the production was and I felt so stunning and performances by actors, singers and musicians was just breathe taking. You have helped to create a new Kabuki fan!
Saw Matinee 27th March at the National Theatre. (Premium tour)
Attended Kabuki-za Gallery tour and saw the evening 7th April show at the Kabuki-za theatre. (Premium tour)
Kazui is the wizard of Kabuki. A long-time enthusiastic fan and aficionado, she knows this art form inside and out. Whether you already know about Kabuki (like I do) or if you are not absolute beginner, I highly recommend you spend a couple of hours with her to prepare you to understand this unusual and exciting performance art which combines music, dance and acting. Her lectures not only cover the history and conventions of Kabuki which are important to know to appreciate it, but she also provides photos and videos to see, and handouts which you can read and keep. Especially useful for me was the sheet lisiting all the key actors, listing their ages, family names, roles in the play, which scenes they appear in, and relationships to each other. I looked at it often during and even after the performance. She prepares this uniquely for each production. Included also are accompanied tours of the museums and information centres of, in my case, both the National Theatre and the Kabuki-za. You can go yourself alone, but her guidance makes it much more interesting and brings it alive. I ended up staying on my own afterwards and watching videos and browsing around to learn even more. Kabuki Theatre is a delightful experience you should not miss on your trip to Tokyo. Kazui will make the time meaningful and enjoyable for you.
Arne (London, UK)
Saw the evening 21st March show at the Kabuki-za theatre. (Regular tour)
I enjoyed all plays today especially becuase of your research information and fine lecture. The lion dance program was very special. I hope to see you again. I will recommend you highly.