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January at the Kabukiza Theatre

Daily: Jan 02 (Sun) - Jan 27 (Thu), 2022

Part 1: 11:00 AM

Part 2: 2:30 PM

Part 3: 6:00 PM

*No performances on the 11th (Tue) and the 19th (Wed).
*The theatre will open 40 minutes before the performance starts.

[Important Notice]
Notification of the absence and cast replacement of Nakamura Shikan for the Part 2 January performance(Jan 27)

(Updated)Notification of the January (Part 1) performances from January 15th on(Jan 22)

(Updated)Notification of the absence and cast replacement of Onoe Matsuya for the Part 3 January performances(Jan 22)

Notification of the theatre operations for the January and February performances(Jan 20)

(Updated) Notification of the cancellation of January 14th (Part 1) performance(Jan 13)

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

Time Schedule

On sale: from Dec 14 (Tue), 2021 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

We welcome you to the Kabukiza Theatre in January with gorgeous New Year decorations. In Part 1, you can see a masterpiece of the history play genre accompanied by Gidayū music, in which an aristocrat conceals his true feelings by playing a fool. This is followed by a flowery dance performed against the backdrop of cherry blossoms in full bloom. As part of the program, an actor's young son will make his first appearance on stage in a special ceremony that is unique to kabuki. In Part 2, please enjoy two dances celebrating the beginning of spring that are perfect for the New Year, together with a humorous play in which we see the dream of an oar maker unfold before us. In Part 3, a play with a stylized pantomime called 'danmari' that is unique to kabuki is performed by young stars, followed by a popular scene from a play portraying the love between fox parents and child that includes a 'chūnori', flight through the air.

Performance Time: 11:00 AM - 12:25 PM

Higaki, Okuden

['The Tale of Ichijō Ōkura']

Ichijō Ōkura Naganari, a lord
Nakamura Kankurō
Yoshioka Kijirō
Nakamura Shidō
Nakamura Shichinosuke
Tokiwa Gozen, Naganari's wife
Nakamura Senjaku

This is a 'jidaimono' history play set in the 12th century. The Genji retainer Kijirō and his wife Okyō believe that Lady Tokiwa, the widow of the Genji leader Yoshitomo, has given up on her clan's struggle against the enemy Heike. However, when they spy on her they rejoice to find that she secretly prays for the Heike's downfall. Yatsurugi Kageyu, one of the retainers of her current husband, the aristocrat Ōkura, discovers this. When he declares that he will tell Kiyomori about Lady Tokiwa's secret, he is killed by Ōkura. Though Ōkura seems to be nothing more than a fool, this is actually an elaborate disguise to survive in this turbulent world.

Intermission: 30 minutes

Performance Time: 12:55 PM - 1:17 PM


['A Dance of Cherry Blossom Viewing in the Genroku Period']

Mashiba Hisayoshi
Nakamura Shidō
Nakamura Kankurō
Nakamura Shichinosuke
Yoshizō, a footman
Ogawa Haruki
(Shidō's son, making his first appearance on stage)

This dance is set in the Genroku Period (1688-1704). A party dressed in gorgeous apparel comes to view the cherry blossoms in full bloom. The light of the moon shines upon the flowers, and the people perform elegant dances as they admire the cherry blossoms and rejoice together. This month's performance is a lively celebration of the stage debut of Nakamura Shidō's son Ogawa Haruki.

Performance Time: 2:30 PM - 2:58 PM

Sanbasō, Manzai

['Sanbasō' and 'Manzai' from 'Dances celebrating Spring']

Nakamura Baigyoku
Nakamura Shikan
Nakamura Kaishun
Nakamura Matagorō
Nakamura Ganjirō

Two dances celebrating the beginning of spring will be performed.
This is an auspicious dance based on the ritual play 'Okina' in the classical Nō Theatre. The old man Okina and the young performer Senzai dance praying for world peace and national tranquility, before the energetic Sanbasō dances for a bountiful harvest of grain.
Manzai entertainers perform a lively dance in the streets as they pray for business prosperity.

Intermission: 20 minutes

Performance Time: 3:18 PM - 4:39 PM

Kantan Makura Monogatari

['The Pillow of Kantan' commonly known as 'The Dream of the Oar Maker Seikichi']

Seikichi, an oar maker
Matsumoto Kōshirō
Yokoshima Banzō / Tadakurō, a thief
Nakamura Kinnosuke
Ochō, Seikichi's wife / Umegae, a courtesan
Kataoka Takatarō
Aki no Naishi
Ichikawa Komazō
Kurohachi, a shop clerk of the Kon'ya /
Sakuzaemon, the head clerk

Ōtani Tomoemon
Rokuemon, a landlord / Tsurunoike Zen'emon
Nakamura Karoku

The oar maker Seikichi and his wife Ochō are in debt, and have moved to Ueno Ikenohata in Edo (the old name for Tokyo). Hearing their circumstances, the landlord Rokuemon comes up with a plan to trick a samurai into a compromising situation with Ochō and then to blackmail him. Soon afterwards, Yokoshima Banzō arrives and falls victim to their scheme. Later, Seikichi takes a nap, resting his head on the luggage left behind, and ...

Performance Time: 6:00 PM - 6:40 PM

Arigataya Hanagata Tsudou Ake No Kagekiyo

['Kagekiyo Opens the Rock Door as Performed by Young Stars' commonly known as 'Kagekiyo's Fight at the Rock Cave']

Akushichibyōe Kagekiyo
Onoe Matsuya
Hōjō Tokimasa
Bandō Minosuke
Ema Yoshitoki
Nakamura Tanenosuke
Wada Yoshimori
Nakamura Hayato
Nakamura Yonekichi
Bandō Shingo
Chichibu no Shigetada
Nakamura Kashō

Akushichibyōe Kagekiyo, a valiant warrior of the Heike clan who burns with the desire to wreak vengeance on his arch enemies, the rival Genji clan, secludes himself in a rock cave at Enoshima. He curses Minamoto no Yoritomo, the head of the Genji clan, and as a result the world becomes dark. Then, daimyō lords allied to the Genji clan, Chichibu no Shigetada, Hōjō Tokimasa and others, gather in front of the rock cave and begin a Shintō ritual to dispel the darkness. In time, Kagekiyo appears and …

Intermission: 30 minutes

Performance Time: 7:10 PM - 8:24 PM

Kawatsura Hōgen Yakata

['The Mansion of the Kawatsura Hōgen' from 'Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees']

Satō Tadanobu / Tadanobu, in reality, the fox Genkurō
Ichikawa Ennosuke
Shizuka Gozen
Nakamura Jakuemon
Minamoto no Yoshitsune
Ichikawa Monnosuke
Kawatsura Hōgen
Nakamura Tōzō

This is one scene from a classic history play that is full of quick-changes of role and costume. A magical fox takes on the guise of a warrior named Tadanobu in order to get close to a precious drum made from the skins of his fox parents. But his mysterious activities throw suspicion on the real Tadanobu and finally the fox reveals his true identity. In the end, he flies away joyously when he receives the drum.