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January Program at the kabukiza

January Program at the Kabukiza Theatre

Daily: Jan 02 (Mon) - Jan 27 (Fri), 2023

Part 1: 11:00 AM

Part 2: 2:15 PM

Part 3: 5:45 PM

*No performances on the 10th (Tue) and 19th (Thu).
*Reserved seats are sold out on the 6th (Fri) for Part 1.

[Important Notice]
●Notice about the Kabukiza Theatre’s auditorium seats from January 2023
●Notice about the Kabukiza Theatre's operations from October 2022
●Precautionary Measures at the Kabukiza Theatre

Notification of the absence and cast replacement of Matsumoto Hakuō for the Part 2 January performance (Jan 27)

Time Schedule

On sale: from Dec 14 (Wed), 2022 10:00 AM(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.
*Tea will not be offered at the Box Seats.

Kabukiza Theatre (at TOKYO) Theatre Information

In January, we welcome you to the gorgeously decorated Kabukiza Theatre with a dazzling program perfect for the New Year.
In Part 1, as though viewing a handscroll, a beautiful and fantastic dance will begin the program, followed by a popular play well known for its famous dialogue delivered in the seven-five meter.
In Part 2, please enjoy a gorgeous play performed on festive occasions in which various kabuki role types appear, plus a 'New Kabuki' play set in Yokohama and adapted from the comedy "Money" by the English playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
In Part 3, you will see a masterpiece of the 'domestic play' category by Kawatake Mokuami portraying the double suicide of a priest and a courtesan.

Performance Time: 11:00 AM - 11:23 AM


['A Kabuki Scroll at the New Year of the Hare']

Nagoya Sanza
Ichikawa Ennosuke
Izumo no Okuni
Nakamura Shichinosuke
Sadoshima Ugenta
Nakamura Kankurō
Sadoshima Sagenta
Kataoka Ainosuke

Villagers in Izumo have heard that Izumo no Okuni's dance troupe, which is much talked about in Kyoto, is coming home to Izumo where cherry blossoms are now in full bloom, so they are anxious for it to arrive. After turning up, the troupe performs a gorgeous kabuki dance. Okuni begins with an invocation to the Buddha and recalls her late lover Nagoya Sanza. When she does so, he appears looking just as he did when still alive, and …

Intermission: 35 minutes

Performance Time: 11:58 AM - 1:08 PM


['The Hamamatsuya Textile Shop' and 'The Gathering along the Inase River Bank' from 'The Five Thieves']

Benten Kozō Kikunosuke, a thief
Kataoka Ainosuke
Nangō Rikimaru, a thief
Nakamura Kankurō
Tadanobu Rihei, a thief
Ichikawa Ennosuke
Akaboshi Jūzaburō, a thief
Nakamura Shichinosuke
Seiji, the chief of a fire brigade
Nakamura Matagorō
Kōbē, owner of the Hamamatsuya
Nakamura Tōzō
Nippon Daemon, chief of the gang of thieves
Nakamura Shikan

A beautiful woman is suspected of shoplifting and is beaten. When it is proved that she was not stealing, her servant demands compensation. However, a samurai who happens to be present uncovers her ruse and reveals that the woman is actually a man. The former 'woman' and her accomplice are, in fact, Benten Kozō and Nangō Rikimaru, two members of the same infamous gang of thieves. Even the samurai who supposedly exposed their plot turns out to be none other than Nippon Daemon, the head of this gang. Finally, the gang is hunted down by officers and when they are surrounded, the five gang members remain defiant, delivering elaborate rhythmic speeches dressed in their finest kimono and accompanied by beautiful music.

Performance Time: 2:15 PM - 2:47 PM


['Soga Brothers in the Lucky Direction']

Soga no Gorō Tokimune
Matsumoto Kōshirō
Soga no Jūrō Sukenari
Ichikawa Ennosuke
Kewaizaka no Shōshō
Nakamura Jakuemon
Kobayashi no Asahina
Nakamura Ganjirō
Oniō Shinzaemon
Nakamura Karoku
Ōiso no Tora
Nakamura Kaishun
Kudō Saemon Suketsune
Matsumoto Hakuō

Kudō has been appointed the honorable Marshal of the Hunt, an event that will take place at the foot of Mt. Fuji. He is holding a feast to celebrate that new post when the Soga brothers, Jūrō and Gorō, appear disguised as Manzai performers to confront Kudō. They desire to avenge their father's death by taking Kudō's life because it was Kudō who killed their father 18 years before with a surprise attack. However …

Intermission: 25 minutes

Performance Time: 3:12 PM - 4:37 PM

Gōyoku Seizaemon Shimatsu

['Money is Everything' also known as 'The Case of the Greedy Seizaemon']

Henmi Seizaemon
Bandō Yajūrō
Oran, Seizaemon's wife
Nakamura Senjaku
Efu Rinnosuke
Nakamura Kinnosuke
Okura, Kurata's daughter
Kataoka Takatarō
Keori Goroemon
Nakamura Shikan
Sunada Utsuzō
Nakamura Ganjirō

This 'New Kabuki' play written by Kawatake Mokuami in 1879, belongs to the genre of works called 'zangirimono' (cropped-hair plays). It depicts the new lifestyle and manners of the Meiji period and was adapted from the comedy “Money” by the English playwright Bulwer-Lytton. After their fathers failed in business and lost all their possessions, Efu Rinnosuke and his younger female cousin Okura who are honest and good-natured, live with the family of his uncle, the shipping agent Henmi Seizaemon in Yokohama. Seizaemon and his family are all so stingy, heartless and greedy that Rinnosuke and Okura are treated like their unpaid servants and lead a life of humiliation. One day, however, as Rinnosuke receives a large inheritance from a distant relative, the Seizaemon family suddenly changes their attitude toward him.

Performance Time:
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM
(Intermission: 35 minutes)
7:35 PM - 8:35 PM

Sato Moyō Azami no Ironui

['The Love of Izayoi and Seishin']

Seishin, a priest of Gokurakuji Temple, later Oniazami no Seikichi
Matsumoto Kōshirō
Izayoi, a courtesan of the Ōgiya, later Osayo
Nakamura Shichinosuke
Ofuji, Hakuren's wife
Ichikawa Komazō
Hakuren, a haikai poet, in reality Ōdera Shōbē
Nakamura Baigyoku

The priest Seishin is expelled from his temple after his affair with a courtesan named Izayoi. Hearing that Izayoi is pregnant with his child, Seishin makes up his mind to commit lovers' double suicide with her and they jump into the river. However, Izayoi is saved when she is picked up by the haikai poet Hakuren, while Seishin, being a good swimmer, fails to die. The temple page Koizuka Motome passes by and suddenly suffers from spasms. Finding out that Motome has a large sum of money, Seishin robs him of the cash and inadvertently kills him. Seishin at first makes up his mind to commit suicide, but then has a change of heart, deciding instead to enter the path of evil and live a life of splendor.