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February at the Kabukiza Theatre

Daily: Feb 02 (Sat) - Feb 26 (Tue), 2019

Matinee:11:00 AM

Evening Show: 4:30 PM

Time Schedule

On sale: from Jan 12 (Sat), 2019 10:00AM(JST)

Box Seat: 20,000 / First Class: 18,000 / Second Class: 14,000 / Upper Tier A: 6,000 / Upper Tier B: 4,000
Unit: Japanese Yen (tax included)

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This month, commemorating the 33rd anniversary of the death of Onoe Tatsunosuke I, three works associated with him will be performed by his son Onoe Shōroku and actors of his generation who have contributed to kabuki: Onoe Kikugorō, Kataoka Nizaemon, Nakamura Baigyoku and Bandō Tamasaburō.


['The Sushi Shop' from 'Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees']

Igami no Gonta
Onoe Shōroku
Yasuke, in reality, Taira no Koremori
Onoe Kikunosuke
Osato, Yazaemon's daughter
Nakamura Baishi
Yazaemon, the owner of the sushi shop
Ichikawa Danzō
Kajiwara Heizō Kagetoki
Nakamura Shikan

Defeated by the Genji, the Heike clan commander Koremori disguised as Yasuke lives with the sushi shop owner Yazaemon. Yazaemon owes Koremori's father a debt of gratitude. One day, Yazaemon's son Gonta, a local bully, comes home, and soon after, Koremori's wife and child who are searching for Koremori also appear miraculously at the sushi shop. Gonta hands over Koremori's severed head and Koremori's family to the Genji commander as bounty. Yazaemon stabs his own son Gonta in anger. Before he dies, however, Gonta reveals that Koremori's head is a substitute and that he sacrificed his own family to save the real Koremori and his wife and child.


[Ill-fated Ushimatsu]

Kurayami no Ushimatsu
Onoe Kikugorō
Oyone, Ushimatsu's wife
Nakamura Tokizō
Yūji, a cook
Onoe Matsuya
Shiodome Tōshirō, a masterless samurai
Ichikawa Danzō
Oima, Shirobē's wife
Nakamura Tōzō
Ichikawa Sadanji

This is a modern masterpiece by Hasegawa Shin first performed in 1934. The cook Ushimatsu is forced to kill the evil mother of his wife Oyone. Ushimatsu flees, but entrusts Oyone to Shirobē, his trusted workmate. One year later, he encounters Oyone who has become a prostitute in an inn. She tries to explain that Shirobē treacherously sold her into prostitution, but Ushimatsu refuses to listen to her. In despair, Oyone commits suicide. Finally, Ushimatsu goes to kill Shirobē as he is in the public bath.


['The Dumpling Peddlers']

Nakamura Shikan
Kataoka Takatarō

This dance with Gidayū music portrays a couple making and selling rice dumplings on the streets. They demonstrate how they make the rice dumplings in an acrobatic way. The making of rice dumplings is often associated with the prosperity of one's descendants, so it is considered to bring good fortune.

Ichinotani Futaba Gunki

['Kumagai's Battle Camp' from 'The Chronicles of the Battle of Ichinotani' ]

Kumagai no Jirō Naozane
Nakamura Kichiemon
Lady Fuji
Nakamura Jakuemon
Minamoto no Yoshitsune
Onoe Kikunosuke
Tsutsumi no Gunji
Nakamura Matagorō
Byakugō no Midaroku
Nakamura Karoku
Sagami, Naozane's wife
Nakamura Kaishun

In a battle between the Heike clan and Genji clan, the Genji warrior Kumagai no Naozane attacks and supposedly kills Taira no Atsumori. Naozane comes back to his battle camp and describes to his wife, Sagami, and to Lady Fuji, Atsumori's mother, the manner in which Atsumori died. He presents the severed head of Atsumori to his lord Minamoto no Yoshitsune for inspection. However, the head is, in reality, that of Naozane's own son. Yoshitsune had given Naozane a chance to spare Atsumori because he was the son of the former Emperor and suggested to Naozane indirectly that he sacrifice his son as a substitute for Atsumori. After doing so, and feeling the transience of human existence, Naozane rejects the life of a warrior to become a Buddhist priest.


[The Soga Brothers with Hobbyhorses]

Kudō Suketsune
Nakamura Baigyoku
Soga no Gorō
Onoe Sakon
Soga no Jūrō
Nakamura Kinnosuke
Kobayashi no Asahina
Nakamura Matagorō

'Harukoma' is a performance by entertainers who used to go from door to door with a wooden horse's head in their hands to celebrate the New Year. The Soga brothers, Jūrō and Gorō, disguise themselves as entertainers and break into the mansion of Kudō Suketsune to avenge their father's death.


[The Autumn Hachiman Festival]

Chijimiya Shinsuke
Onoe Shōroku
Miyokichi, a geisha
Bandō Tamasaburō
Nakamura Karoku
Fujioka Keijūrō
Nakamura Baigyoku
Sanji, a boatman
Kataoka Nizaemon

Miyokichi is a popular geisha in the Fukagawa district whose lover is Sanji, a worthless boatman. On the occasion of the Hachiman festival, she attempts to raise money for Sanji by asking for it from the merchant Shinsuke. Shinsuke brings the money that he made by giving up everything he had, in order to make her his own. However, when Shinsuke arrives he finds that she has already received the money from another patron and so has no further interest in him. When he learns that he has been deceived, Shinsuke kills Miyokichi in a beautiful and gruesome scene in the rain. After all is done, the full moon of the autumn festival appears.