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March Program at the kabukiza

March Program at the Kabukiza Theatre

Daily: Mar 03 (Sun) - Mar 26 (Tue), 2024

Matinee:11:00 AM

Evening Show: 4:15 PM

*No performances on the 11th (Mon) and 18th (Mon).

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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 one of the three great classics of the kabuki repertoire. Then you will see a dance based on the legend of Dōjōji Temple, a specialty of the late Nakamura Jakuemon IV performed in commemoration of the 13th anniversary of his death, and finally, a more modern play in the category known as 'New Kabuki', the highlight of which is a powerful confrontation between a lord and a now masterless samurai. In the Evening Show there will be a full-length performance of a domestic play based on an incident that took place in the pleasure quarters at Ise, as well as a light-hearted dance about a poet priest.

Performance Time: 11:00 AM - 12:24 PM


['The Village School' from 'Sugawara's Secrets of Calligraphy']

Onoe Kikunosuke
Takebe Genzō
Kataoka Ainosuke
Bandō Shingo
Nakamura Baishi
Sono'o no mae
Nakamura Tōzō

The former imperial minister and master calligrapher Kan Shōjō has now been exiled and his family are in grave danger. Takebe Genzō was Kan Shōjō's most gifted disciple. Genzō runs a small school in the country and is sheltering Kan Shōjō's son and heir, Kan Shūsai, whom they are trying to pass off as their own son. However, word has reached the enemy that Kan Shūsai is at their school and Genzō has been ordered to behead him. Moreover, the retainer Matsuōmaru who knows Kan Shūsai's face is to come to inspect the head. Genzō's only hope is to kill one of the other students as a substitute. On that day, a new student named Kotarō who has a refined bearing arrives. Genzō takes the terrible decision to kill him in place of his lord's son.

Intermission: 35 minutes

Performance Time: 12:59 PM - 1:27 PM


['The Courtesan at Dōjōji Temple']

Kiyokawa, a courtesan, in reality, the spirit of Kiyohime
Nakamura Jakuemon
Anchin from Shirakawa, in reality, Taira no Koremori
Onoe Shōroku
Ōtani Tomoemon
Onoe Kikugorō

This is one of the several dances based on the legend of Anchin and Kiyohime. This version of the work differs from 'The Maiden at Dōjōji Temple' in that Kiyohime's spirit appears as a courtesan. The priest Anchin is in reality, the Heike warrior Taira no Koremori who is in hiding. The courtesan Kiyokawa suddenly appears at the temple suffering from delusions of love and ...

Intermission: 20 minutes

Performance Time: 1:47 PM - 3:20 PM

Genroku Chūshingura

['Lord Tsunatoyo at his Ohama Estate' from 'The Loyal 47 Rōnin of the Genroku Era']

Tokugawa Tsunatoyo
Kataoka Nizaemon
Tominomori Suke'emon
Matsumoto Kōshirō
Okiyo, Tsunatoyo's consort
Nakamura Baishi
Ejima, a private secretary
Kataoka Takatarō
Arai Kageyu
Nakamura Karoku

After Lord Asano Takuminokami attacked and wounded Kira Kōzukenosuke within the shogun's palace in 1701, he was ordered to commit ritual suicide, his domain was confiscated and his retainers all became masterless samurai. A group of these masterless samurai are planning to avenge their lord's death by killing the man they hold responsible, Kira. The play is set the year after Lord Asano's attack. Lord Tokugawa Tsunatoyo is holding a beachside party. Learning that Kira will attend this party, one of the masterless samurai, Tominomori Suke'emon, asks to observe from a distance. However, he hears from Lord Tsunatoyo that the Asano family will soon be reinstated, which means there will be no more reason for revenge. However, he ambushes Kira and makes his attack. The story focuses on the meanings of revenge.

Performance Time: 4:15 PM - 5:57 PM
Intermission: 35 minutes
6:32 PM - 7:55 PM


['The Ise Dances and Love's Dull Blade']

Fukuoka Mitsugi
Matsumoto Kōshirō
Imada Manjirō
Onoe Kikunosuke
Kisuke, the cook
Kataoka Ainosuke
Shōjiki Shōdayū
Bandō Hikosaburō
Omine, Mitsugi's aunt
Ichikawa Komazō
Oshika, a courtesan of the Aburaya
Bandō Yajūrō
Fujinami Sazen
Nakamura Matagorō
Okon, a courtesan of the Aburaya
Nakamura Jakuemon
Manno, the chief maid
Nakamura Kaishun

This is a sewamono play, a drama portraying in a realistic way the lives of ordinary people in the Edo period. It was based on a true incident involving a sword that occurred in a brothel in Furuichi, near the Grand Shrine of Ise. In Awa Province (present day Tokushima Prefecture) the lord's uncle Hachisuka Daigaku is plotting to take over the Hachisuka clan. As the head retainer Imada Kuroemon who enjoys the lord's confidence is in his way, he tries to bring Kuroemon down by stealing the heirloom sword Aoe Shimosaka and laying the blame for its loss on Kuroemon's son Manjirō. Manjirō goes to Ise to investigate the theft and to clear himself of losing the heirloom which at last he finds. Enticed by the henchmen of Daigaku's retainer Tokushima Iwaji, Manjirō pays frequent visits to the courtesan Okishi of the Furuichi pleasure quarter. Having no more money to visit her, he pawns the Shimosaka sword, the certificate for which is taken away through deception by Iwaji's faction. Fukuoka Mitsugi, a lowly acolyte in Ise who serves the Imada clan, intercepts a secret letter from Daigaku to Iwaji. He recovers the sword and comes to the Aburaya brothel to regain the certificate from Iwaji. In order to get the certificate for him, Mitsugi's lover Okon pretends that she no longer loves Mitsugi and that she has fallen for Iwaji instead. Not knowing Okon's true feelings, Mitsugi becomes distraught and slays many of the people in the brothel, driven on by the mysterious power of the sword Shimosaka.

Intermission: 20 minutes

Performance Time: 8:15 PM - 8:46 PM

Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori

['The poet priest Kisen' from 'Colourful Guises of the Six Poet Immortals']

Kisen Hōshi, head priest of a temple
Onoe Shōroku
Okaji, a tea stand waitress in Gion
Nakamura Baishi

The dance 'Kisen' is one part of a series of dances portraying the six poetic geniuses of ancient Japan. The five male poets in the group are all portrayed as being in love with the sixth, Ono no Komachi, one of Japan's most famous beauties. While the other dances are set in ancient Japan, this dance suddenly jumps to the Edo period where the poet priest Kisen wanders about intoxicated by the beauties of the cherry blossoms and by Okaji, a beautiful tea waitress.