December at the Minamiza Theatre
Daily: Dec 5 (Sat) - Dec 19 (Sat), 2020
Part1: 10:30 AM
Part2: 2:30 PM
Part3: 6:40 PM
*No performances on the 11th (Fri).
*The theatre will open 45 minutes before the performance starts.
Precautionary Measures at the Minamiza Theatre
On sale: from Nov 15 (Sun), 2020 10:00AM(JST)
Special Seat: 17,000/First Class Seat: 16,000 /Second Class Seat: 8,000 /Third Class Seat: 4,000
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]
In the Edo Period, ‘kaomise’ (‘face-showing’) originally referred to the month in which a theatre showed the actors who were newly contracted for the following year to the audience. Today it is an all-star performance and a big event for December in Kyoto.
This year, to ensure your health and safety precautionary measures are being taken and the program is divided into three parts. Each part starts with a dance. After that, you can see a play by the famous playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon in Part 1, a popular history play in Part 2 and a dance drama that originated in Kamigata (the Kyoto/Osaka region) in Part 3.
Compared to most other kabuki programs, the length of each part is shorter and the ticket prices are very reasonable. We are looking forward to you taking this opportunity to come to see kabuki.
['The Marionette Sanbasō']
- Nakamura Takanosuke
- The stage assistant
- Sawamura Kuniya
Sanbasō (literally, 'Third Old Man') is one character in the ritual Nō play 'Okina', which is a kind of prayer for prosperity. In kabuki, the Sanbasō dance appears in many different forms and in this particular version he is portrayed as a giant marionette. The stage assistant takes the marionette Sanbasō out of the box. He operates the strings and Sanbasō starts to dance in a sprightly manner.
Tosa no Shōgen Kankyo
['Stuttering Matahei' from 'The Courtesan and the Hangon Incense']
- Ukiyo Matahei
- Nakamura Ganjirō
- Kanō Utanosuke
- Nakamura Toranosuke
- Tosa no Shōgen
- Nakamura Jūjirō
- Tosa no Shurinosuke
- Kamimura Kichitarō
- Shōgen's wife
- Kamimura Kichiya
- Otoku, Matahei's wife
- Nakamura Senjaku
A scene from Chikamatsu Monzaemon's play "Keisei Hangonkō", famous for its depiction of a couple's love in the face of adversity.
Matahei has long studied painting, but because of his stutter, his master has refused to give him an artistic name.
As a result, instead of being a respected artist, Matahei is forced to make a living drawing crude cartoons. Matahei and his wife come to beg his teacher for an official name once more, but when their request is turned down they decide that suicide is the only choice. Before dying, Matahei paints his portrait on a stone washbasin, and such is the strength of his spirit that the painting permeates through the stone and appears on the other side.
Finally Matahei receives a name and is overjoyed to be able to serve his teacher with valor.
KOTOBUKI NININ SHŌJŌ
['The Two Wine Sprites']
- Nakamura Hayato
- Kataoka Sennosuke
- A saké seller
- Nakamura Kikaku
The shōjō is a Chinese mythical saké-loving spirit that lives in rivers.
In this dance, a young and honest man has a dream in which he is told to open a saké shop. Once he does so, he meets a mysterious customer who appears daily and drinks enormous amounts of saké with great satisfaction. As it turns out, the customer is actually a shōjō in disguise. The dance shows two shōjō as they drink and dance joyfully together.
ICHINOTANI FUTABA GUNKI
['Kumagai's Battle Camp' from 'The Chronicles of the Battle of Ichinotani']
- Kumagai no Jirō Naozane
- Kataoka Nizaemon
- Byakugō no Midaroku
- Nakamura Karoku
- Sagami, Naozane's wife
- Kataoka Takatarō
- Kamei no Rokurō
- Nakamura Hayato
- Kataoka Hachirō
- Kataoka Sennosuke
- Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka
- Kataoka Matsunosuke
- Kōbē, a village headman
- Bandō Takesaburō
- Tsutsumi no Gunji
- Kataoka Shinnosuke
- Minamoto no Yoshitsune
- Nakamura Kinnosuke
- Lady Fuji
- Kataoka Hidetarō
This is a play based on episodes from the battle of Ichinotani, one of the climactic struggles between the Heike and Genji clans in the 12th century.
At this battle, the Genji warrior Kumagai Naozane attacks Taira no Atsumori, the illegitimate child of former Emperor Goshirakawa. Naozane comes back to his battle camp and shows the severed head of Atsumori to his lord Minamoto no Yoshitsune. However, in reality, the head is that of Naozane's own son. Yoshitsune gave Naozane a chance to spare Atsumori because he is the son of the former Emperor, and because Naozane is indebted to Atsumori's mother.
Therefore, Yoshitsune suggested to Naozane indirectly that he sacrifice his son as a substitute for Atsumori. After doing so, and feeling the transience of our existence, Naozane rejects the life of a warrior to become a Buddhist priest.
[‘An Open Fan’]
- Onoe Ukon
- A female warlord
- Nakamura Yonekichi
A female warlord asks her servant Tarōkaja to deliver a message expressing her love. Tarōkaja is appalled at her repeated request, but she is so earnest that she prays to the god of marriage that she might be united with her lover. She dances with Tarōkaja, imagining the day when she can drink nuptial cups with her lover.
['Love Letters from the Pleasure Quarters’]
- Fujiya Izaemon
- Matsumoto Kōshirō
- Yūgiri of the Ōgiya, a courtesan
- Nakamura Kazutarō
Set during the Edo Period, this is a dance drama portraying a scene in the Osaka licensed quarters at the New Year.
The young lover Izaemon has been disowned by his family for loving the courtesan Yūgiri. Now dressed in nothing but a paper kimono, he visits the Yoshidaya pleasure house to meet Yūgiri. It has been a long time since they last met and they have a jealous quarrel. After that, they make up, and then at last news arrives that Izaemon's parents have relented and given them permission to marry.