Guests' comment 2018
Ann (New York, USA)
Saw the evening 12th April show at the Kabuki-za Theatre (Private tour)
The tour and the Kabuki performance was a highlight of our trip! Your talk helped us understand the structure and subtleties of Kabuki theatre. The seats were perfect. The actors were all so talented and the lead actor’s performance was incredible. He stands out as one of the most talented performers I have seen in any cultural genre (we frequently attend dance, opera and theatre in NYC). Thank you for your guidance.
Terry (Blookline, USA)
Saw the Matinee 18th March at the Kabuki-za Theatre (Premium tour)
Kabuki is a vague and exotic abstraction for many Westerners. For Kazui Yabe, Kabuki is a lifelong passion that began with her visits to the theater with her grandmother. Kazui loves to share this passion with visitors to Tokyo, and she spares no effort to explain the art and the particular performances to her clientele. Her English is superb, and she conveys as much preparatory "homework" to you before the performance as you have time and interest to absorb so you will get the most out of what you see and hear.
It is hard to score good tickets in a timely manner to a Kabuki performance. Once you set your date and your budget, Kazui will acquire for you and your party the absolutely best seats for the performance that match your budget (she has access to early ticket sales and competes only with the avid Kabuki fan clubs for scoring your prize seats).
Kazui helps in so many other little things that add up to complete the perfect Kabuki experience. She helps you with the "bento box" purchase for the intermission, she goes as far as you want in explaining the proud tradition and lineage of Kabuki families, and she offers as an "extra" a guided visit to the small but interesting hands-on museum in the Kabuki-za Theatre. She helps with precious little insider tips, e.g., "Be sure to run up during intermission to the third floor and buy the taiyaki pastries before they run out--they are the best!" She was right--our adult daughter (who is studying Japanese in Yokohama) bolted up to the third floor and triumphantly brought the delicious treats to our second floor box.
What more can I say? Perhaps that Kazui is a genuinely intelligent, warm, and responsive individual who delights in enhancing your Kabuki experience.
If you have a day in Tokyo and an interest in Kabuki--just do it. Kazui will not disappoint you!