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January at the Osaka Shochikuza Theatre

January at the Osaka Shochikuza Theatre

Daily: Jan 2 (Wed) - Jan 26 (Sat), 2019

Matinee:11:00 AM

Evening Show: 4:00 PM

On sale: from Dec 4 (Tue), 2018 10:00AM(JST)

First Class: 17,000 / Second Class: 9,000 /
Third Class: 6,000
Unit: Japanese Yen (tax included)

Osaka Shochikuza Theatre (at OSAKA) Theatre Information

The Matinee will start with a touching spin-off drama about one of the 47 ronin who plan to take part in the vendetta for their late lord. A dance then follows celebrating Sakata Tōjūrō’s 88th birthday. The last play is about lovers who have once decided to commit love suicide and portrays a typical ‘wagoto’ role. The Evening Show is a rare full-length performance of ‘KINMON GOSAN NO KIRI’. It is a play about a legendary thief named Ishikawa Goemon and is one of the most spectacular plays of kabuki. You can also see a spectacular flight in the air.

TSUCHIYA CHIKARA

['Lord Tsuchiya Chikara and the Chūshingura Vendetta']

CAST :
Tsuchiya Chikara
Nakamura Senjaku
Ōtaka Gengo
Kataoka Ainosuke
Osono
Nakamura Kazutarō
Kawase Mutsuya
Nakamura Toranosuke
Ochiai Kigetsu
Ichikawa En'ya
Shin Kikaku
Bandō Yajūrō
STORY :

Lord Tsuchiya Chikara lives next door to Kira, the man who caused the death of the master of the 47 loyal retainers. He is disgusted because the retainers do not seem to be interested in avenging the death of their lord. He learns from his haiku teacher that Ōtaka Gengo, one of the retainers and one of his students, left a poem suggesting that he was forgetting his former master and going to take service with another samurai lord. However, the secret of the vendetta is hidden behind this poem....

SAKAE KOTOHOGU FUJI NO SUEHIRO

['Celebrating Tōjūrō's Prosperity']

CAST :
Empress
Sakata Tōjūrō
Crane
Nakamura Ganjirō
Tortoise
Nakamura Senjaku
Attendant
Nakamura Kazutarō
Attendant
Nakamura Toranosuke
STORY :

This is a dance celebrating Sakata Tōjūrō's 88th birthday performed by himself, his sons and his grandsons.
The Empress appears in the palace at the time of the spring festival. A crane and a tortoise dance in front of her to celebrate longevity; the crane is believed to live for 1,000 years while the tortoise is said to live for 10,000 years.

Shinjū Ten no Amijima
KAWASHŌ

['The Kawashō Teahouse' from 'The Love Suicides at Amijima']

CAST :
Kamiya Jihē
Nakamura Ganjirō
Kinokuniya Koharu
Nakamura Kazutarō
Edoya Tahē
Kataoka Ainosuke
Gokan'ya Zenroku
Nakamura Kikaku
Sangorō, apprentice to Kamiya
Nakamura Toranosuke
Kawachiya Oshō
Kamimura Kichiya
Koya Magoemon
Bandō Yajūrō
STORY :

Despite he is married, the paper seller Jihē is in love with the courtesan Koharu and all those around them are afraid that they will commit lovers' suicide. Jihē's brother Magoemon masquerades as a samurai to find out Koharu's true feelings. Jihē listens in from the outside and is astonished to hear her say that she does not want to commit suicide. In a rage, Jihē breaks off all relations with her, while Magoemon is moved to learn that she has done this out of consideration for the feelings of Osan, Jihē's wife.

KINMON GOSAN NO KIRI

['The Golden Gate and the Paulownia Crest']

CAST :
Ishikawa Goemon / Konomura Ōinosuke
Kataoka Ainosuke
The spirit of the white hawk
Nakamura Senjaku
Kishida Minbu
Nakamura Kikaku
Hanatachibana, a courtesan / Princess Otsū
Nakamura Kazutarō
Segawa Uneme
Nakamura Toranosuke
Kuretake
Ichikawa Emisaburō
Mashiba Hisaaki
Ichikawa Emiya
Mashiba Hisatsugu
Ichikawa En'ya
Sonoo no mae / Okō
Kamimura Kichiya
Hayakawa Takakage
Bandō Yajūrō
Mashiba Hisayoshi
Nakamura Ganjirō
STORY :

This is a historical play about Ishikawa Goemon, a legendary thief in the 16th century.
Sō Sokei, a retainer of the late Ming Emperor, plots to take over Japan, but his plan is discovered and he commits ritual suicide by disembowelment. As Ishikawa Goemon sits on the upper story of Nanzenji Temple's gate in Kyoto admiring the fine view, a white hawk flies to him with a cloth on which Sō Sokei's testament is written. He learns that both his natural father Sō Sokei and his foster father Takechi Mitsuhide were destroyed by Mashiba Hisayoshi (known in history as Toyotomi Hideyoshi) and he vows to avenge them by killing Hisayoshi, now the ruler of Japan. Just then, Hisayoshi appears disguised as a humble Buddhist pilgrim.
Finally, Goemon is surrounded by Hisayoshi's retainers, but Goemon and Hisayoshi exhibit generosity towards each other and promise to fight later again on the battle field.