October Program at the Kabukiza Theatre||KABUKI WEB

KABUKI official website

Kabuki : a wonder of Japanese Culture

TOKYOKabukiza Theatre

Kabukiza Theatre

October Program at the kabukiza

October Program at the Kabukiza Theatre

Daily: Oct 02 (Mon) - Oct 25 (Wed), 2023

Matinee:11:00 AM

Evening Show: 4:30 PM

*No performances on the 10th (Tue) and 17th (Tue).

[Important Notice]
●Precautionary Measures at the Kabukiza Theatre

Notification of the absence and cast replacements of Bandō Minosuke(Oct 23)

Time Schedule

On sale: from Sep 14 (Thu), 2023 10:00 AM(JST)

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

In the Matinee, please enjoy a history play by Tsuruya Nanboku IV with a fantastic story and spectacular stage tricks, plus a popular domestic play directed by one of today's leading Japanese movie directors.
In the Evening Show, you will see a domestic play portraying the sense of duty in the Edo period as seen through the eyes of a popular sumō wrestler, a dance featuring the beautiful spirits of chrysanthemums and a story about an old man well known to modern Japanese.

Performance Time: 11:00 AM - 11:37 AM
Intermission: 20 minutes
11:57 AM - 1:26 PM


['Tenjiku Tokubē's Adventures in Foreign Countries']

Tenjiku Tokubē
Onoe Shōroku
Umezu Kamon
Bandō Kamezō
Sasaki Katsuranosuke
Bandō Minosuke
Ichō no mae
Bandō Shingo
Yamana Tokigorō
Nakamura Matsue
Yūnami, Sōkan's wife
Ichikawa Komazō
Yoshioka Sōkan
Nakamura Matagorō

This is a 'jidaimono' history play set in the Muromachi period (approx. 1336-1573). It is a play on a grand scale about Tenjiku Tokubē, a man who plans to overthrow Japan with the help of toad sorcery. The play was written by Tsuruya Nanboku IV, and includes many spectacular effects such as a giant toad, collapsible stage sets, quick changes, a flight through the air, and so on. In the story, Sasaki Katsuranosuke goes to the mansion of his retainer Yoshioka Sōkan in search of an heirloom sword named 'Namikirimaru' which has been stolen. A boatman named Tokubē who has been to India appears and entertains Katsuranosuke for a while with his adventures. When he hears that the envoy of the shogun has come, he conceals himself. Sōkan commits ritual suicide by disembowelment to atone for the escape of his lord Katsuranosuke. He discloses to Tokubē that he is, in reality, Mokusokan, who plans to restore the Ming dynasty....

Intermission: 35 minutes

Performance Time: 2:01 PM - 3:32 PM


['The Tale of the Bunshichi Paper Cord']

Chōbē, a plasterer
Nakamura Shidō
Okane, Chōbē's wife
Terajima Shinobu
Bunshichi, clerk of the Ōmiya
Bandō Shingo
Ohisa, Chōbē's daughter
Nakamura Tamatarō
Okoma, the mistress of the Kadoebi brothel
Kataoka Takatarō
Uhē, owner of the Ōmiya
Bandō Yajūrō

Adapted from a classical Rakugo story by San'yūtei Enchō, this play shows the gallant spirit of the commoners of Edo. Chōbē spends his days and nights gambling, but finally realizes that his family is in dire straits when his daughter takes a job in the pleasure quarters. Having received the money for her contract, he reveals his good heart when, on the way home, he saves Bunshichi who is about to commit suicide. Chōbē feels sorry for Bunshichi and finally gives him the money. After arriving home, nobody believes Chōbē, thinking instead that he has gambled the money away. Then, Bunshichi and his master Uhē come to Chōbē's home, and reveal the truth. 

Performance Time: 4:30 PM - 5:23 PM

Sumō Ba

['The Sumō Match' from 'Two Butterflies in the Pleasure Quarters']

Nuregami Chōgorō
Nakamura Shidō
Azuma of the Fujiya Teahouse
Nakamura Tanenosuke
Yamazakiya Yogorō / Hanaregoma Chōkichi
Bandō Minosuke

This is a sewamono play portraying in a realistic way the lives of ordinary people in the Edo period (1603-1868). The words in the title 'Futatsu Chōchō' mean 'two butterflies', and this reflects the fact that the names of the two sumō wrestlers who play important roles in the play both begin with "chō": Chōkichi and Chōgorō. Nuregami Chōgorō throws a match in the hopes that the younger wrestler Hanaregoma Chōkichi will persuade his patron Gōzaemon to give up the beautiful courtesan, Azuma. This is because Yogorō, Chōgorō's patron, and Azuma love each other, and Yogorō wants to redeem her from her contract. However, Chōkichi loses his temper at the fact that Chōgorō purposely lost the fight and the two begin quarreling, performing a series of magnificent mie poses as they compete in a test of pride.

Intermission: 20 minutes

Performance Time: 5:43 PM - 6:02 PM



Spirit of the chrysanthemum
Nakamura Jakuemon
Spirit of the chrysanthemum
Nakamura Kinnosuke

The spirits of chrysanthemums appear in a garden where chrysanthemum flowers are in full bloom. The spirits dance beautifully to music and lyrics that praise chrysanthemums, as they portray innocent girls and young town maidens who have begun to dream of romance. This is a dance perfectly suited to the autumn.

Intermission: 35 minutes

Performance Time: 6:37 PM - 8:25 PM

Sanuki Manyū Hen

['Mito Kōmon']

Mito Mitsukuni
Bandō Yajūrō
Matsudaira Yoritsune
Nakamura Kashō
Osode, a daughter of udon noodle shop owner
Bandō Shingo
Sasaki Sukesaburō
Nakamura Fukunosuke
Atsumi Kakunoshin
Nakamura Utanosuke
Ochō, a girl, in reality, Kumonryū no Chōji
Nakamura Toranosuke
Omitsu, Yoshitarō's younger sister
Ichikawa Otora
Yoshitarō, a son of Minatoya's owner
Ōtani Hirotarō
Yamazaki Mataichirō
Nakamura Kikaku
Minatoya Tatsugorō
Kataoka Kamezō
Ogen, mistress of an udon noodle shop
Nakamura Kaishun

Mito Mitsukuni (commonly known as Mito Kōmon), the former Middle Councillor and the retired lord of Mito domain, is traveling incognito around Japan. He is now in Sanuki domain, and is accompanied by his attendants Sasaki Sukesaburō (Suke san) and Atsumi Kakunoshin (Kaku san). Kakunoshin loses sight of Kōmon and encounters the beautiful girl Ochō. Thanks to Sukesaburō's help, Ochō turns out to be a man, who picks Kakunoshin's pocket of a wallet. Mito Kōmon is at an udon noodle shop pretending to be an old farmer, when he hears people of Sanuki domain complain about the lord Matsudaira Yoritsune who is in fact his eldest son. Will Kōmon and his party be able to remove the root of the evil which thrives in the domain, while various people including the kind girl Osode whom he met in the noodle shop get involved?