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December Program at the minamiza

December Program at the Minamiza Theatre

Daily: Dec 04 (Sun) - Dec 25 (Sun), 2022

Part1: 10:30 AM

Part2: 2:10 PM

Part3: 6:00 PM

*No performances on the 12th (Mon) and 19th (Mon).
*Reserved seats for Part1 are sold out on the 17th (Sat) .

[Important Notice]
●Precautionary Measures at the Minamiza Theatre

Notification of the absence and cast replacements of Nakamura Takanosuke for the Part 2 and Part 3 December performances (Dec 23)

(Updated) Notification of the absence and cast replacement of Nakamura Karoku for the Part 2 December performance (Dec 22)

Time Schedule

On sale: from Nov 09 (Wed), 2022 10:00 AM(JST)

Special Seat: 19,000 /First Class Seat: 17,000 /Second Class Seat: 9,000 /Third Class Seat: 5,000
Unit: Japanese Yen (tax included)
*Children over the age of 4 must purchase tickets to enter.

Minamiza Theatre (at KYOTO) Theatre Information

[An Annual Event in Kyoto - The Festive Kaomise Production, Grand Kabuki Starring Actors from East and West] The 'Kaomise' ('face-showing') production which has been staged annually since the Edo period (1603-1868) is an all-star line-up and a big event for December in Kyoto.
In Part 1, you will see a masterpiece with Gidayū musical accompaniment, and an elaborate and vigorous dance, while in Part 2, a play representative of the 'wagoto', 'soft' acting style from the Kamigata area (Kyoto/Osaka) that was adapted from an original work by Chikamatsu Monzaemon will be performed, as well as a masterpiece whose subject is a supplementary tale to that of 'Kanadehon Chūshingura' ('The Treasury of Loyal Retainers'). In Part 3, please enjoy a humorous dance drama which gives us a sense of the chic stylishness of Edo (old name for Tokyo), and a popular play from the Kamigata area.

Performance Time: 10:30 AM - 12:05 PM


['The Sushi Shop' from 'Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees']

Igami no Gonta
Nakamura Shidō
Nakamura Kazutarō
Yasuke, in reality, Taira no Koremori
Nakamura Hayato
Wakaba no Naishi
Kamimura Kichitarō
Okura, Yazaemon's wife
Nakamura Baika
Yazaemon, owner of the sushi shop
Kataoka Kamezō
Kajiwara Heizō Kagetoki
Nakamura Ganjirō

Defeated by the Genji, the Heike clan commander Koremori is now disguised as Yasuke and lives with the sushi shop owner Yazaemon. Yazaemon owes Koremori's father a debt of gratitude. One day, Yazaemon's son Gonta, a local bully, comes home, and soon after, Koremori's wife and child who are searching for Koremori also appear miraculously at the sushi shop. Gonta hands over Koremori's severed head together with Koremori's family to the enemy Genji as bounty. Yazaemon stabs his own son Gonta in anger. Before he dies, however, Gonta reveals that Koremori's head was a substitute and that he sacrificed his own family to save the real Koremori and his wife and child.

Intermission: 30 minutes

Performance Time: 12:35 PM - 12:55 PM


['The Eternal Struggle between the Dragon and the Tiger']

The Dragon
Nakamura Senjaku
The Tiger
Nakamura Toranosuke

This is a modern dance piece first performed as kabuki in 1953. It takes as its theme the unending fight between the dragon, the greatest power in the sky, and the tiger, the greatest power on land.

Performance Time: 2:10 PM - 3:35 PM

Koi Bikyaku Yamato Ōrai

['Breaking the Seal' from 'The Love Messenger to Yamato']

Kameya Chūbē
Nakamura Ganjirō
Umegawa, a courtesan
Nakamura Senjaku
Tanbaya Hachiemon
Kataoka Ainosuke
Yoshibē, a pimp
Nakamura Jūjirō
Tsuchiya Jiemon
Kataoka Kamezō
Oen, proprietress of the Izutsuya
Nakamura Tōzō

The main character Chūbē is performed in the 'wagoto' acting style. 'Wagoto' is representative of plays from the Kamigata area (Kyoto/Osaka). Often partnering courtesans, such characters are handsome male leads with gentle natures who also exhibit a slightly comical side. In the pleasure quarters, the most important possessions were money and reputation. In danger of losing his lover, the courtesan Umegawa, the money courier Chūbē breaks the seals on a package of money entrusted to him after being taunted by a rival, even though the use of such money is punishable by death.

Intermission: 25 minutes

Performance Time: 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM


['Lord Matsuura and the Drum of Chūshingura']

Matsuura Shizunobu
Kataoka Nizaemon
Ōtaka Gengo
Nakamura Shidō
Egawa Bundayū, Shizunobu's attendant
Nakamura Hayato
Fuchibe Ichiemon, Shizunobu's attendant
Nakamura Toranosuke
Satomi Ikunojō, Shizunobu's attendant
Nakamura Takanosuke
Hayase Kingo, Shizunobu's attendant
Ichimura Kitsutarō
Ukai Sajima, Shizunobu's attendant
Arashi Kitsusaburō
Kataoka Sennosuke
Takarai Kikaku
Nakamura Karoku

This play describes events that took place at the same time as the revenge of the forty-seven loyal retainers that was made famous by the play "Kanadehon Chūshingura". Lord Matsuura is disgusted because the loyal retainers do not seem to be interested in avenging the death of their lord. Moreover, he learns from a haiku teacher that Ōtaka Gengo, one of the retainers, is forgetting his loyalty toward his former lord, which makes Lord Matsuura furious. However, then his haiku teacher shows him the poem that Ōtaka Gengo had left. As Lord Matsuura is thinking over the meaning of the poem, the sound of the drum is heard in the distance, signalling that the attack has begun. Finally, Ōtaka Gengo comes to Lord Matsuura's mansion to report the success of the revenge.

Performance Time: 6:00 PM - 6:20 PM


['A Woman in her Prime']

Nakamura Tokizō

This is a dance originally from a group of genre dances entitled 'Hanagoyomi Iro no Showake' in 1839. A former geisha arrives in a palanquin along the riverbank. She describes a former love affair in her dance. The word 'toshima' means a woman past the blush of youth and now at the height of her mature charm.

Intermission: 25 minutes

Performance Time: 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM


['The Woman Killer and the Hell of Oil']

Kawachiya Yohē
Kataoka Ainosuke
Teshimaya Shichizaemon
Kataoka Shinnosuke
Kogiku, a geisha
Nakamura Kazutarō
Oguri Hachiya
Nakamura Takanosuke
Okachi, Yohē's sister
Kataoka Sennosuke
Osawa, Yohē's mother
Nakamura Baika
Kohē, an agent of money lender
Ichimura Kitsutarō
Yamamoto Moriemon
Kataoka Matsunosuke
Kawachiya Tokubē
Arashi Kitsusaburō
Tahē, Yohē's brother
Nakamura Kikaku
Okichi, Shichizaemon's wife
Kataoka Takatarō

This play by the great Chikamatsu Monzaemon was virtually ignored at the time it was written, but it has become phenomenally popular in modern times for its realistic sensibility and its sensuous killing scene in which the protagonists slip and struggle through puddles of spilt oil. Yohē, heir to the oil shop Kawachiya, is living a life of debauchery. He starts a fight in town and incurs debts at the pleasure quarters, and even hits his own stepfather and sister. Not being able to take this any longer, his mother finally disowns him. Troubled by this and needing to pay back the debts, he tries to borrow money from the wife of a neighboring oil merchant. He tries to blackmail her, but when he is rejected, he ends up killing her.