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January at the kabukiza

January at the Kabukiza Theatre

Daily: Jan 02 (Sat) - Jan 27 (Wed), 2021

Part 1: 11:00 AM

Part 2: 2:45 PM

Part 3: 6:20 PM

*No performances on the 12th (Tue) and the 19th (Tue).
*The theatre will open 40 minutes before the performance starts.

[Important Notice]
●Notification of performance schedules after January 8th (Fri) at the Kabukiza Theatre
●Notice about the Kabukiza Theatre's operations from 2021
●Precautionary Measures at the Kabukiza Theatre

Time Schedule

On sale: from Dec 14 (Mon), 2020 10:00AM(JST)

Box Seat: 16,000 /First Class Seat: 15,000 /Second Class Seat: 11,000 /Upper Tier A : 5,000 /Upper Tier B : 3,000
Unit: Japanese Yen (tax included)
*Children over the age of 4 must purchase tickets to enter.

*Single Act Seats are not for sale.
*One section of the auditorium will be sold in two-seat blocks, with every third seat vacant.
*Tea will not be offered at the Box Seats. Please refrain from eating at seats as well.

Kabukiza Theatre (at TOKYO) Theatre Information

Since the reopening of the theatre in August, we have been presenting a 4-part show each month without intermissions, but starting from January, 2021, we will present shows divided into 3 parts, each consisting of 2 plays or dances with an intermission between each.
You can see colorful dances perfect for the New Year as well as two of the three great classics which continue to be very popular. ‘Yūgiri and Memories of Love' is performed in Part 2 to commemorate the late Sakata Tōjūrō. Please enjoy this dance drama performed by his sons Ganjirō and Senjaku that is filled with the atmosphere of the Kansai region.

Performance Time: 11:00 AM - 11:32 AM


['The Auspicious Ceremony of Building the First Pillar enacted by Young Stars']

Soga no Gorō Tokimune
Onoe Matsuya
Soga no Jūrō Sukenari
Nakamura Hayato
Kobayashi Asahina
Bandō Minosuke
Ōiso no Tora
Nakamura Yonekichi
Kewaizaka no Shōshō
Nakamura Kangyoku
Kisegawa no Kamezuru
Nakamura Tsurumatsu
Chinsai, a tea priest
Nakamura Tanenosuke
Maizuru, Asahina's sister
Bandō Shingo
Kudō Saemon Suketsune
Nakamura Kashō

Kudō Suketsune was appointed Marshal of the Hunt at the foot of Mt. Fuji by his master Minamoto no Yoritomo. For this occasion, he intends to build a temporary hunting lodge and holds a ceremony dedicated to the foundation of its first pillar. The Soga brothers Jūrō and Gorō who seek Suketsune's life as their father's slayer also attend this ceremony. While Maizuru, Chinsai and Kisegawa appease the furious Gorō, Suketsune tells how their father Kawazu Saburō was killed.

Intermission: 15 minutes

Performance Time: 11:47 AM - 12:33 PM


['Akutarō, a drunkard']

Ichikawa Ennosuke
Chirenbō, a monk practicing asceticism 
Nakamura Fukunosuke
Nakamura Takanosuke
Yasuki Matsunojō, Akutarō's uncle   
Ichikawa En'ya

This dance is based on a comic kyōgen play and was written for Ichikawa En'ō I, for whom it became a specialty. This dance shows a wild drunkard named Akutarō. He appears with a bushy beard and a long halberd that he waves around wildly. But his uncle has a plan to cure him of drinking.

Performance Time: 2:45 PM - 3:13 PM

Yukari no Tsuki

['Yūgiri and Memories of Love']

Fujiya Izaemon     
Nakamura Ganjirō
Ōgiya Yūgiri, a courtesan of the Ōgiya House
Nakamura Senjaku
Tsurushichi, a jester
Nakamura Kikaku
Kamego, a jester
Nakamura Toranosuke
Takezō, a jester
Nakamura Tamatarō
Umehachi, a jester
Nakamura Utanosuke
Tōbē, the head clerk of the Ōgiya House
Nakamura Jūjirō
Ofusa, Saburobē's wife
Kamimura Kichiya
Ōgiya Saburobē     
Nakamura Matagorō

The roots of this play go back to the earliest days of kabuki. The young lover Izaemon has been disowned by his family for loving a courtesan. This role is a classic example of 'wagoto', the gentle style of acting that was popular in the Kyoto and Osaka region. His lover Yūgiri, the fabulous courtesan, died pining away with love for him. As he prays to Amida Buddha to hold a memorial service for her, he faints and Yūgiri appears before him. They celebrate their reunion and reminisce about the past, but she disappears. He is pleased that he was reunited with her even though it was only in a dream.

Intermission: 15 minutes

Performance Time: 3:28 PM - 4:31 PM

Gion Ichirikijaya

['The Ichiriki Teahouse' from 'The Treasury of Loyal Retainers']

Ōboshi Yuranosuke    
Nakamura Kichiemon
Okaru, a courtesan
Nakamura Jakuemon
Sagisaka Bannai
Nakamura Kichinojō
Ono Kudayū     
Arashi Kitsusaburō
Teraoka Heiemon     
Nakamura Baigyoku

'Chūshingura' is one of the most popular plays in the repertoire. It depicts a true event when forty-seven masterless samurai avenged the death of their lord by killing his enemy. Act VII is one of the most famous of the play and focuses on the leader of the vendetta, Yuranosuke. Yuranosuke must hide his intention to avenge his lord's death by pretending to be interested only in pleasure as he encounters key figures on his own side and on the side of the enemy. Yuranosuke spends his days and nights in the pleasure quarters of Kyōto. However, his enemy Moronō is not so easily convinced and has sent spies to find out Yuranosuke's true intentions. Okaru, the wife of one of the retainers is now a courtesan at the Ichiriki Teahouse, unaware that her husband is dead. Without knowing that a spy lies hidden under the veranda, Yuranosuke reads a secret letter indicating his true intentions. It is read from below by the spy, but Yuranosuke realises this thanks to Okaru. Okaru's brother Heiemon, a servant in the Enya household, also comes to the teahouse and there he meets with his sister again. Finally, Heiemon is permitted to be an attendant during the revenge, and the act ends with Yuranosuke preparing to lead the vendetta.

Performance Time: 6:20 PM - 6:50 PM


['Pulling the Carriage Apart’ from ‘Sugawara’s Secrets of Calligraphy']

Matsumoto Hakuō
Matsumoto Kōshirō
Ichikawa Somegorō
Ōtani Hirotarō
Tōnai, a night guard 
Matsumoto Kingo
Fujiwara no Shihei  
Bandō Yajūrō

Umeōmaru and his triplet brother, Sakuramaru, try to get revenge on Fujiwara no Shihei who falsely accused Umeōmaru's lord, Kan Shōjō of treason. However, they are confronted by their other brother, Matsuōmaru, who is one of Shihei's retainers. The energetic performance of Umeōmaru is a showcase for the bombastic 'aragoto' style of acting.

Intermission: 15 minutes

Performance Time: 7:05 PM - 7:59 PM

Nemuruga Rakuda Monogatari

['Rakuda: Party with a Corpse']

Chōname no Hanji           
Nakamura Shikan
Kyūroku, a wastepaper collector  
Kataoka Ainosuke
Rakuda no Umatarō    
Nakamura Matsue
Oyasu, Hanji’s younger sister  
Ichikawa Otora
Ogin, an old woman who sells starch 
Nakamura Baika
Oiku, Sahē’s wife 
Bandō Yajūrō
Sahē, a landlord 
Ichikawa Sadanji

This is a popular dramatization of a rakugo comic story. A petty gang member called Rakuda has died after eating blowfish. Hanji, one of his evil companions, finds him and hopes to hold a wake, but has no money. Every neighbor is overjoyed to hear that such a nuisance is dead, but when Hanji tries to get them to contribute, they refuse to contribute a single penny to his burial. Hanji threatens Kyūroku, the waste paper collector, and demands that he go to the landlord's house carrying Rakuda's corpse to obtain condolence money. The plan works and they succeed in having the saké delivered. They start drinking together, but as they drink, the hapless Kyūroku becomes surprisingly aggressive.