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June Program at the kabukiza

June Program at the Kabukiza Theatre

Daily: Jun 02 (Thu) - Jun 27 (Mon), 2022

Part 1: 11:00 AM

Part 2: 2:15 PM

Part 3: 6:00 PM

*No performances on the 9th (Thu) and the 20th (Mon).
*The theatre will open 40 minutes before the performance starts.
*The performance for Part 3 has been changed from the initial announcement.

[Important Notice]
●(Updated)Absence of Nakamura Baigyoku for the Part 2 June performances (Jun 20)

●Notice about the Kabukiza Theatre's operations from 2022
●Precautionary Measures at the Kabukiza Theatre from 2022

Time Schedule

On sale: from May 14 (Sat), 2022 10:00AM(JST)

Box Seat: 17,000 /First Class Seat: 16,000 /Second Class Seat: 12,000 /Upper Tier A : 5,500 /Upper Tier B : 3,500
Unit: Japanese Yen (tax included)
*Children over the age of 4 must purchase tickets to enter.

*Single Act Seats are not for sale.
*All sections of the auditorium will generally 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

The June program consists of works from various kabuki genres. In Part 1, a visually brilliant play performed in the 'aragoto' rough or wild style of acting can be seen, along with a dance drama from “The Ten Dance Plays of the Omodakaya family” that represent the special art of Ichikawa En'ō I. In Part 2, you can enjoy a 'New Kabuki' play about a father and son's tragedy, whose roles will be performed by a real life actor and his grandson, as well as a dance accompanied by Tokiwazu Narrative Ensemble that is filled with the atmosphere of old Tokyo. In Part 3, you can see a masterpiece that originated as 'Shingeki' (literally, 'New drama', an early 20th century theatre form based on modern realism) which Bandō Tamasaburō later performed as kabuki and which has become very popular.

Performance Time: 11:00 AM - 11:31 AM


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

Bandō Minosuke
Nakamura Kazutarō
Fujiwara no Shihei
Ichikawa Ennosuke
Onoe Shōroku

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: 30 minutes

Performance Time: 12:01 PM - 12:55 PM


['Zhu Bajie']

Isshōkin, a girl, in reality, Cho Hakkai (Zhu Bajie)
Ichikawa Ennosuke
Son Gokū (Sun Wukong)
Onoe Ukon

The Great Demon King who is enshrined by the Tongitan River on the way from China to India demands human victims from the village every year. Since he torments the villagers, Priest Xuan Zang and his party plot to exterminate him, disguising Zhu Bajie as a girl and sending him as a substitute for a victim. However, Zhu Bajie gets drunk before the Great Demon King appears with a terrible expression on his face ...

Performance Time: 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM



Tokugawa Nobuyasu
Ichikawa Somegorō
Matsudaira Yasutada
Nakamura Ganjirō
Hiraiwa Chikayoshi
Nakamura Kinnosuke
Honda Shigetsugu
Ichikawa Komazō
Lady Tsukiyama, Ieyasu's wife
Nakamura Kaishun
Tokugawa Ieyasu
Matsumoto Hakuō

Tokugawa Ieyasu makes a sudden visit to his eldest son Nobuyasu and reprimands him for having been suspected as a rebel. In fact, Oda Nobunaga had commanded Ieyasu to kill Nobuyasu because he had grown concerned about Nobuyasu's excellence, but Ieyasu orders Nobuyasu to bide his time at his castle. Nobuyasu determines to die for his clan despite his father's efforts to spare his life ...
This play focuses on Nobuyasu's psychological conflict with his father who cannot disobey Nobunaga's order as he is about to unify the country.

Intermission: 30 minutes

Performance Time: 4:15 PM - 4:52 PM


['The Spirited Lion']

A fireman chief
Nakamura Baigyoku
A fireman chief
Onoe Shōroku
A geisha
Nakamura Senjaku
A geisha
Nakamura Jakuemon

This dance depicts the Sannō Festival in Edo (old Tokyo) with its lively lion dance and other entertainments. The festival is full of handsome firemen and attractive geisha who perform a series of graceful dances. One of the dances' highlights features the story of the Soga brothers avenging their father's death.

Performance Time:
6:00 PM - 7:10 PM
(Intermission: 20 minutes)
7:30 PM - 9:05 PM


['The Rains of America will never Dampen my Sleeves']

Osono, a geisha
Bandō Tamasaburō
Tōkichi, an interpreter
Nakamura Fukunosuke
Kiyū, a prostitute
Kawai Yukinojō
Proprietor of the Gankirō
Nakamura Ganjirō

In 1861, there is daily bustle and commotion at the Gankirō, a brothel in the pleasure quarters of Yokohama. Osono is a popular geisha at the Gankirō who has a generous nature and is good at playing the shamisen. Caring as she is, she visits her colleague the prostitute Kiyū who lies ill in bed. She notices that Kiyū is in love with the interpreter Tōkichi who aims to be a doctor.
The next year, Kiyū has recovered from her illness when an American man visits the Gankirō and falls in love with her at first sight. He asks Tōkichi to interpret for him as he expresses his hope to ransom her. After the proprietor of the Gankirō who is blinded by the lure of money agrees to his request, Kiyū despairs of her love for Tōkichi, goes out of the room and commits suicide.
75 days later, commercial news sheets are circulated which distort the story of Kiyū's death, praising her as 'an anti-foreign prostitute' who refused to be ransomed by an American and who, unaffected by financial concerns, committed suicide. Thanks to this, the Gankirō becomes famous, and not only the proprietor but Osono also profits. Despite knowing the truth of her friend's death, Osono becomes a raconteur known for her song, the 'Tale of Kiyū', which covers up what really happened with lies.

*The performance for Part 3 has been changed from the initial announcement.