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January Program at the kabukiza

January Program at the Kabukiza Theatre

Daily: Jan 02 (Tue) - Jan 27 (Sat), 2024

Matinee:11:00 AM

Evening Show: 4:00 PM

*No performances on the 9th (Tue) and 18th (Thu).

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Box Seat: 20,000 /First Class Seat: 18,000 /Second Class Seat: 14,000 /Upper Tier A: 6,000 /Upper Tier B: 4,000
Unit: Japanese Yen (tax included)
*Children over the age of 4 must purchase tickets to enter.

*Tea will not be offered at the Box Seats.

Kabukiza Theatre (at TOKYO) Theatre Information

The Matinee begins with a pair of celebratory dances that are perfect for the beginning of the New Year. This is followed by a play depicting the life of a loyal retainer of Akō domain after avenging his lord's death, and then a domestic play portraying comically the relations between men and women. The Evening Show begins with a gorgeous and auspicious dance, followed by a history play celebrating the New Year, and then a 'New Kabuki' (early 20th century) play performed by three generations of actors from the same family. The program ends with a representative kabuki dance.

Performance Time: 11:00 AM - 11:22 AM

Gonin Sanbasō, Hanabusa Jishi

['Quintuple Sanbasō' and 'The Geisha and the Lion Dance' from 'The Bustling Kabuki Theatre in the Year of the Dragon']

<Gonin Sanbasō>
Nakamura Fukunosuke
Nakamura Takanosuke
Nakamura Utanosuke
Nakamura Tamatarō
Nakamura Toranosuke

<Hanabusa Jishi>
A geisha
Nakamura Jakuemon
Chief of a fire brigade
Nakamura Ganjirō
Chief of a fire brigade
Nakamura Matagorō

Gonin Sanbasō
This dance is a special five-person version of ''Sanbasō'', an auspicious dance based on the ritual play 'Okina' in the classical Nō Theatre. Five Sanbasō dance energetically praying for national tranquility and a bountiful harvest of grain.

Hanabusa Jishi
A geisha and chiefs of fire brigades dance gorgeously. A chic and lively dance is performed celebrating the beginning of the New Year.

Intermission: 25 minutes

Performance Time: 11:47 AM - 12:50 PM


['Arakawa Jūdayū']

Arakawa Jūdayū
Onoe Shōroku
Matsudaira Oki no kami Sadanao
Bandō Kamezō
Ōishi Chikara
Onoe Sakon
Sugita Gozaemon
Nakamura Kichinojō
Chōon, a priest of Sengakuji Temple
Ichikawa En'ya
Horibe Yasubē
Ichikawa Chūsha

The street in front of the Sengakuji Temple is bustling with people who come to celebrate the 7th anniversary of the death of the loyal retainers of Akō domain. Arakawa Jūdayū, a foot guard of the Matsudaira clan in Iyo Province, comes to visit the grave in fine attire which is unsuitable for a warrior of lower rank. Sugita Gozaemon, an inspector of the same clan who happens to be present, rebukes him for assuming a false rank which is a serious crime for a warrior. Later at court, as his lord Matsudaira Oki no kami interrogates him about the reason why he assumed a false rank, he begins to talk about the day when he acted as second for Horibe Yasubē, one of the loyal retainers of Akō domain, as he committed 'seppuku' ritual disembowelment and …

Intermission: 35 minutes

Performance Time: 1:25 PM - 3:04 PM

Edo Miyage

['Bewitching Foxes and Badgers']

Inosuke, a towel vendor
Matsumoto Kōshirō
Okiwa, Inosuke's wife
Onoe Ukon
Mataichi, Inosuke's servant
Ichikawa Somegorō
Jūzen, a high-ranking priest
Nakamura Kinnosuke

In Japan, foxes and tanuki badgers are said to have the power to take on human shape, and in that form, they play mischievously, sometimes causing great harm. In this play by Hōjō Hideji (1902-1996), they do not appear, but the scheming of human beings is no less crafty than theirs. A former geisha is living with a former kabuki 'onnagata' (a female role specialist), but she is tired of him and plots with her boyfriend, a dissolute Buddhist priest, to poison him. Her husband tries to teach her a lesson by pretending to have been killed and then to have come back to life. The fight is on.

Performance Time: 4:00 PM - 4:20 PM


['The Crane and the Tortoise']

Nakamura Fukusuke
The tortoise
Onoe Shōroku
An attendant
Onoe Sakon
An attendant
Ichikawa Somegorō
The crane
Matsumoto Kōshirō

The brilliant spring festival is held in the Imperial Palace at the New Year, and a crane and a tortoise perform an auspicious dance in the presence of the Empress as a dedication of long life. The crane is said to live for a thousand years and the tortoise is said to live for ten thousand. Together, they are a traditional symbol of longevity. This dance borrows lyrics from a Nō play of the same title, setting them to 'Nagauta' music. The piece is a representative work of festive kabuki dance. Enjoy the beauty and elegance of this courtly masterpiece.

Intermission: 15 minutes

Performance Time: 4:35 PM - 5:22 PM


['The Auspicious Confrontation of the Soga Brothers']

Kudō Saemon Suketsune
Nakamura Baigyoku
Soga no Jūrō Sukenari
Nakamura Senjaku
Soga no Gorō Tokimune
Nakamura Shikan
Kewaizaka no Shōshō
Ichikawa Komazō
Kobayashi no Asahina
Bandō Yajūrō
Oniō Shinzaemon
Nakamura Tōzō
Ōiso no Tora 
Nakamura Kaishun

This scene is one act of a history play based on the legend of the Soga brothers' vendetta. In the Edo period, plays about the vendetta carried out by the Soga brothers, Gorō and Jūrō, were performed at times of celebration. 'Soga no Taimen', in which the brothers meet their nemesis, has its roots in the earliest of these plays. This play has ceremonial aspects and features each of the important kabuki character types, including the bombastic 'aragoto' style of Gorō and the soft 'wagoto' style of Jūrō.

Intermission: 35 minutes

Performance Time: 5:57 PM - 6:29 PM


['The Son']

The old guard of a fire watchhouse
Matsumoto Hakuō
A policeman
Ichikawa Somegorō
Matsumoto Kōshirō

An old guard makes a fire at a lonely fire watchhouse on the outskirts of Edo (the old name for Tokyo) on a night of heavy snow. He is so stubborn that he does not speak to those whom he dislikes. He does not speak to the policeman who visits there. A young man then appears who is looking for his parents. The old man tells him that he has a good son who went to the Kansai region 9 years previously. The young man is, in reality, the old guard's son Kinjirō who has become a scoundrel. He realizes that the old guard is his father, but …

Intermission: 20 minutes

Performance Time: 6:49 PM - 7:39 PM


['The Maiden at Dōjōji Temple']

Hanako, a shirabyōshi dancer
Nakamura Kazutarō (2nd - 14th)
Onoe Ukon (15th - 27th)

This dance is a masterpiece for 'onnagata', female role specialists. It is spring and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. A 'shirabyōshi' court dancer who calls herself Hanako visits Dōjōji Temple where a ceremony is to be held to celebrate the installation of a new temple bell. She performs various dances in order to be permitted to see the bell. However, in reality she is the spirit of Kiyohime, a maiden who once transformed into a serpent out of bitter resentment. Kiyohime had fallen in love with a priest, but shocked at her advances, he ran away to this temple and hid himself under the temple bell. Pursuing him all the way here, Kiyohime turned into a fiery serpent and burnt both the bell and the priest beneath. Now her spirit has returned to destroy the new bell.