JANUARY 2018

1 in ďsaka (Sh˘chikuza), 7 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, Asakusa K˘kaid˘, Shinbashi Enbuj˘) and 1 in Ky˘to (Pontoch˘ Kaburenj˘)!

  • Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Matsumoto Haku˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Kataoka Takatar˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke and Ichikawa Komaz˘ perform at the Kabukiza!
  • Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ and Nakamura Kazutar˘ perform at the Sh˘chikuza!
  • Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Ichikawa Danz˘, Band˘ Rakuzen, Kataoka Kamez˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Band˘ Kamez˘, Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ and Ichimura Manjir˘ perform at the National Theatre
  • Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Ichikawa Udanji and Nakamura Shid˘ perform at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘!
  • The Zenshinza troupe perform at the Pontoch˘ Kaburenj˘!
  • Lots of young talented actors at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 January 2018
    Kotobuki Hatsuharu ďkabuki
    Congratulation Early Spring Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    Hakone Reigen Chikai no Adauchi (Izari no Adauchi)

    Shichi Fukujin

    Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami

  • Kurumabiki
  • Terakoya
  • Evening

    Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki (Sum˘ba)

    K˘j˘

    Kanjinch˘

    Aioi Jishi

    Mitsu Ningy˘

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Matsumoto Haku˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Kataoka Takatar˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Ichikawa Komaz˘

    Comments

    The traditional two programs for the New Year Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza, which celebrate the first month of the 3-generation K˘raiya shűmei (K˘raiya Sandai Shűmei) of Matsumoto Haku˘ II, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ X and Ichikawa Somegor˘ VIII.

  • Izari no Adauchi: this is an act of a jidaimono (history play) set in the 16th century. After losing his elder brother in a surprise attack, Iinuma Katsugor˘ (Nakamura Kankur˘) marries Tsukumo Shinzaemon's daughter, Hatsuhana (Nakamura Shichinosuke). While in pursuit of his brother's foe, Takiguchi K˘zuke (Kataoka Ainosuke), Katsugor˘ becomes crippled by a disease. Hatsuhana must pull him along in a cart all the way to Hakone where their enemy now resides. K˘zuke is in love with Hatsuhana, but she does not return his affections. K˘zuke abducts her, but she manages to escape, and goes to Shiraito Waterfall. There, standing under the freezing cascade, she prays to the deity of Hakone Shrine for Katsugor˘'s recovery. Miraculously, his legs are cured. However, just at that moment, his footman Fudesuke (Kataoka Ainosuke) comes carrying Hatsuhana's head and says that she was killed by K˘zuke! The woman who returned earlier was, in fact, Hatsuhana's spirit. Now that he has recovered from the disease, Katsugor˘ makes up his mind to find K˘zuke and to avenge the deaths of his brother and his wife. Featuring also Kataoka Hidetar˘ in the role of Hatsuhana's mother Sawarabi.
  • Shichi Fukujin: This is a dance suitable for the New Year. The Seven Gods of Good Fortune (shichi fukujin), namely Ebisu (Nakamura Matagor˘), Benzaiten (Nakamura Senjaku), Jur˘jin (Band˘ Yajűr˘), Fukurokuju (Ichikawa Monnosuke), Hotei (Ichikawa Komaz˘), Bishamon (Nakamura Shikan) and Daikokuten (Nakamura Ganjir˘), are said to bring fortune and luck to people. They appear on a treasure ship and dance celebrating the New Year.
  • Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami:
    (Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy)
    Sugawara no Michizane (known in this play as Kan Sh˘j˘) was a high-ranking imperial court minister who was a brilliant calligrapher and scholar. But political rivalries forced him to be exiled to distant Kyűshű, where he died. After Michizane's death, a series of disasters in the imperial capital were attributed to his angry spirit and he was appeased by being made a god known as Tenjin, and he is now revered as the god of learning. His story was dramatized as an epic puppet drama in 1746 and the play remains a favorite in both Kabuki and the Bunraku puppet theatre.
  • Kurumabiki:
    (The Tug-of-War Over the Carriage)
    There are three brothers serving three masters. Ume˘maru serves Kan Sh˘j˘. Sakuramaru serves imperial prince Tokiyo. Kan Sh˘j˘ has been sent into exile and Tokiyo is in disgrace. Ume˘maru (Nakamura Kankur˘) and Sakuramaru (Nakamura Shichinosuke) lament the disaster that has overtaken their masters. But they hear that the carriage of Fujiwara no Shihei (Band˘ Yajűr˘) is coming. Shihei is the villain that has sent Kan Sh˘j˘ into exile. But when the two brothers confront the carriage, they are stopped by their brother Matsu˘maru (Matsumoto K˘shir˘), who serves Shihei. Nonetheless, they attack the carriage and are driven back by the magical powers of Shihei. The three brothers agree to meet again at the seventieth birthday of their father, Shiratayű.
  • Terakoya:
    (The Village School)
    Genz˘ (Nakamura Baigyoku) and his wife Tonami (Nakamura Jakuemon) run a small school and are protecting Kan Sh˘j˘'s son and heir, saying that he is their son. However, word has gotten out Kan Sh˘j˘'s son is there and Genz˘ has been ordered to behead him. Moreover, Matsu˘maru (Matsumoto Haku˘) is to come to inspect the head. Their only alternative is to kill one of the other students as a substitute, but all of the students are farmer's children who could never pass for the son of a court aristocrat. However, a new boy arrives that day and Genz˘ makes the terrible decision to kill him in the place of his lord. As it turns out, Matsu˘maru has sent his own son to be sacrificed, because of his family's long loyalty to Kan Sh˘j˘. But he must face the most terrible situation for a father, inspecting the head of his own son and lying when he says that it is the genuine head of the son of Kan Sh˘j˘. Finally Matsu˘maru reveals his true feelings to Genz˘ and he and his wife Chiyo (Nakamura Kaishun) mourn their dead son. Featuring also Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘ and Ichikawa Sadanji as Sonoo-no-Mae, the farmer Gosaku and Shund˘ Genba.
  • Sum˘ba: "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘" means "two butterflies" and also comes from the fact that two sum˘ wrestlers who play important roles in the full length play have names beginning with "ch˘": Ch˘kichi and Ch˘gor˘. In order to help his master Yamazakiya Yogor˘ (Kataoka Ainosuke) buy out the contract of the beautiful Azuma (Nakamura Shichinosuke), the senior wrestler Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ throws a match, letting the younger wrestler Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi win, hoping to get his help. But Ch˘kichi loses his temper and the two end up competing in a test of pride. Starring popular actor Nakamura Shikan as Ch˘gor˘ and Kataoka Ainosuke as Ch˘kichi.
  • K˘j˘: the close relationship between the actors and the audience is shown by these stage announcements, lavish ceremonies to commemorate various important events. In this case, all the stars of the cast assemble to celebrate the shűmei of Matsumoto Haku˘ II, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ X and Ichikawa Somegor˘ VIII.
  • Kanjinch˘: probably the most popular Kabuki play today, it includes dance, comedy and the heart-warming pathos of a band of heroes during their last days. Disguised as a band of traveling priests the fugitive general Yoshitsune and his small band of retainers are stopped at a road barrier. They escape only through the quick thinking of the head retainer, a warrior priest named Musashib˘ Benkei, who improvises the text of an elaborate imperial decree. Having escaped danger Benkei and the others describe their days of glory and hardships on the road to escape in a moving dance. This program stars Matsumoto K˘shir˘ in the role of Benkei, with Ichikawa Somegor˘ and Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon as Yoshitsune and the barrier keeper Togashi. Featuring also Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kataoka Ainosuke and Nakamura Karoku in the roles of Yoshitsune's retainers.
  • Aioi Jishi: shishi (mythical lion-like spirits) are usually thought of as vigorous masculine creatures, but when shishi dances were first adapted for Kabuki from the classical theatre, they were danced by actors portraying an elegant, feminine atmosphere. This dance is one of the earliest in the genre and stars onnagata female role specialists. Featuring Nakamura Senjaku and Kataoka Takatar˘.
  • Mitsu Ningy˘:
    (The Three Dolls)
    The characters in this graceful dance are not actually dolls, but are three characters that are often depicted with dolls, a courtesan (Nakamura Jakuemon), a handsome youth (Nakamura Ganjir˘) and a samurai footman (Nakamura Matagor˘).
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 January 2018
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Hatsuharu Tokubetsu Buy˘ K˘en
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Early Spring Special Dance Performances
    Program

    K˘j˘

    Genroku Hanami Odori

    Aki no Irokusa

    Sagi Musume

    Keisei

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Nakamura Kazutar˘

    Comments

    A special Buy˘ program at the Sh˘chikuza starring Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘.

  • K˘j˘: the close relationship between the actors and the audience is shown by these stage announcements, lavish ceremonies to commemorate various important events.
  • Genroku Hanami Odori:
    (Viewing the Cherry Blossoms in the Genroku Period)
    It is in the Genroku period (late 17th century) and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom on the hill of Ueno in Edo (present day T˘ky˘). Men and women dressed up in showy outfits gather to view cherry blossoms and begin to dance. After the song about the custom of flower viewing in Kyoto, the drunken people start a lively dance. The dance under the cherry blossoms continues endlessly. Starring Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ and Nakamura Kazutar˘.
  • Aki no Irokusa:
    (Various Flowers of Autumn)
    This work was originally composed in 1845 as Nagauta music to celebrate the completion of the retreat for the lord of the Nanbu clan in Edo, and it was performed as a dance later. The lyrics include various plants of autumn such as wild bush clover, pampas grass and patrinia scabiosaefolia in its verse and is known as an excellent piece about that season. It is autumn. Various flowers of autumn bloom and the chirping of pine crickets is heard. A lady who stands quietly listening to the chirping insects, remembers the old story that King Xiang of the ancient Zhou (Shű in Japanese) dynasty had an affair with the goddess of the Wu Mountains (Fuzan in Japanese) in a dream, and she compares it to her own love. Having thought about her lover, she realizes that the pleasure of the four seasons does not change after many years and begins to dance. Starring Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ and Nakamura Kazutar˘.
  • Sagi Musume: one of the most famous dances in Kabuki, this figure is familiar through pictures and Japanese dolls. A beautiful young woman all in white appears in the snowy landscape. She dances lightly of love, but then reveals that she is the spirit of a bird, a magnificent heron that struggles wounded through a snowstorm. Starring Nakamura Kazutar˘ in a dance that he has made famous through performances around the world.
  • Keisei: a beautiful top-rank courtesan (keisei) with her attendants makes parade along the Nakanoch˘ Boulevard of the Yoshiwara pleasure quarter in Edo. She enters a room in the brothel and expresses her pure love for her lover in a graceful manner, though complaining that he does not come how long she waits for him. Then she expresses in dance the scenic beauty in each season and the elegant atmosphere in the pleasure quarters, and her love for him grows stronger. A scene from a seven-transformation hengemono "Nijirigaki Nanatsu Iroha", this is an old-fashioned, tasteful dance. Enjoy the cultured elegance of the top-rank courtesan in the pleasure quarters acted by Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ with his new direction in the performance at Nissay Theatre in October 2011.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 27 January 2018
    Program

    Sekai no Hana Oguri Hangan

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Ichikawa Danz˘, Band˘ Rakuzen, Kataoka Kamez˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Band˘ Kamez˘, Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘, Ichimura Manjir˘, Nakamura Baishi, Nakamura Mantar˘, Onoe Ukon, Band˘ Shűch˘, Ichimura Takematsu, Ichimura Kitsutar˘

    Comments

    "Sekai no Hana Oguri Hangan" is a revival and a revised version of Chikamatsu Tokuz˘ and Nagawa Tokusuke I long-forgotten drama "Hime Kurabe Futaba Ez˘ji", which was premiered more than 217 years ago, in the 10th lunar month of 1800 in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai.

  • Sekai no Hana Oguri Hangan:
    (Oguri Hangan, the Flower of the World)
    The legend of Oguri Hangan has been handed down since the Medieval Period. The story of Oguri Hangan and his sweetheart Princess Terute, how they overcome hardships after passing each other, was taken into sermon ballad and recited, connected with the origin or the tales of miracles of temples and shrines in each place. This story of the sermon ballad was adapted for Kabuki and Bunraku many times to fit the circumstances and taste of each period. The definitive version is "Hime Kurabe Futaba Ez˘ji" which took in the ideas and settings of preceding works placing unique characters with changing seasons as a background. This monthĺs performance is based on this version. It is under the rule of Asikaga Yoshimitsu, the third Sh˘gun of the Muromachi shogunate. Kazama Hachir˘, a robber who plans to avenge himself on the Ashikaga clan and control the nation, robs Kachidoki no Kutsuwa (the bits commemorating the shout of victory) and Suiseimaru no Tsurugi (the sword Suiseimaru), the heirlooms of the Ashikaga clan. Hosokawa Masamoto, the regent of the Ashikaga clan, tries to stop Kazamaĺs ambition. Oguri Hangan whose father was killed by Kazama searches the lost heirlooms and his whereabouts. There are many highlights in this play in which you can realise how interesting kabuki is: the intrigue by the notorious and impressive robber Kazama Hachir˘, a stunt horse riding by a good horseman Oguri Hangan, strategic politics between Kazama and Masamoto, the desperate loyalty and fierce fight scene by Namishichi, a former retainer of Oguri clan, who saves the crisis of Princess Terute, the reunion of Oguri and Princess Terute which causes tragedy to Omaki, the widow of a wealthy man, and her daughter Okoma, and the miracle worked by Kumano Gongen deity to Oguri and Princess Terute. Please enjoy the flamboyant and joyful play perfect for the New Year featuring Living National Theatre Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘ as Kazama, Nakamura Tokiz˘ as Masamoto and Omaki, Onoe Sh˘roku as Namishichi and Yokoyama Tar˘ and Onoe Kikunosuke as Oguri.
  • Source: National Theatre

    Shinbashi Enbuj˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 26 January 2018
    Hatsuharu Kabuki K˘en
    Early Spring Kabuki Performances
    Program A

    Tenjiku Tokubŕ Ikoku Banashi

    Kotobuki Hatsuharu K˘j˘

    Kamakura Hachimangű Shizuka no H˘rakumai

    Program B

    Nihon Mukashi Banashi

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Ichikawa Udanji, Nakamura Shid˘, ďtani Tomoemon, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Ichimura Kakitsu, Ichikawa Sai'nyű, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Ichikawa Emiya, Nakamura Matsue, Ichikawa Kudanji, Kamimura Kichiya, Nakamura Baika, Nakamura Kotar˘, ďtani Hiromatsu, Nakamura Takanosuke, Ichikawa K˘tar˘, Horikoshi Reika

    Comments

    The traditional New Year Kabuki at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ with a troupe led by the young star Ichikawa Ebiz˘. His daughter makes his hatsubutai, playing the role of Princess Kaguya (as a child) in "Nihon Mukashi Banashi".

  • Tenjiku Tokubŕ: This is a jidaimono history play set in the Muromachi period (approx. 1336-1573). It is a play on a grand scale about Tenjiku Tokubŕ, 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. Sasaki Katsuranosuke (ďtani Tomoemon) goes to the mansion of his retainer Yoshioka S˘kan (Ichikawa Udanji) in search of an heirloom sword named Namikirimaru which has been stolen. A boatman named Tokubŕ 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. S˘kan commits ritual suicide by disembowelment to atone for the escape of his lord Katsuranosuke. He discloses to Tokubŕ that he is, in reality, Mokus˘kan, who plans to restore the Ming dynasty.... Featuring also Ichikawa Ebiz˘ in the role of the Sh˘gun Ashikaga Yoshimasa.
  • K˘j˘: A k˘j˘ is a special greeting and stage announcement made by actors directly to the audience. In Program A at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ Theatre in January, Ichikawa Ebiz˘ will make one such k˘j˘ announcement which will include a special glaring pose called nirami no mie. It is said that if you see the Kabuki nirami, you won't catch a cold for the whole year. Please enjoy an act perfect to celebrate the New Year.
  • Shizuka no H˘rakumai: This dance is included as one of the Shin Kabuki Jűhachiban, 'The New 18 Favourite Kabuki Plays' that were chosen by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX. Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX was praised as a gekisei (Holy Actor). This work has been reconceived for this occasion. 5 types of Kabuki music will be performed together in this dance play. The Priest Ninsh˘ (Ichikawa Kudanji) and his attendants visit a desolate temple in Kamakura because he has heard a rumor that a specter is appearing there every night. Suddenly, a threatening wind blows and an old woman appears. As she says she was a court dancer in days gone by, they ask her to perform a dance. After she disappears and they go into the inner room, specters gather one by one. Starring Ichikawa Ebiz˘ in the roles of Shizuka Gozen, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, the Old Woman, the z˘su Haku, the priest Abura, the boatman on the River of the Dead and Kesh˘ (a mighty demon).
  • Nihon Mukashi Banashi:
    (Old Japanese Tales)
    This is a new Kabuki production adapted from folktales and nursery tales that are familiar to all Japanese. It was created out of the desire to make a Kabuki play that anyone, from children to adults, could enjoy. The script was written by Miyazawa Akio who is active in many genres, and it was directed by Miyamoto Amon, one of the greatest directors in Japan. One night, a grandmother (Nakamura Baika) begins to tell some children a mysterious story which begins on a distant star. A wonderful stone which is the symbol of happiness goes missing, and in despair, the empress (Kamimura Kichiya) of that star pins all her hopes for its retrieval on her new-born daughter. Eventually, the daughter lands on the blue earth where she comes across characters and scenes from familiar Japanese folktales: Urashima Tar˘ (Ichikawa Udanji) and Lady Otohime (Ichikawa Emiya) in the Dragon Palace, the Peach Boy who defeats ogres, a White Dog (Ichikawa Ebiz˘) and the Old Man who made Cherry Trees bloom, the One-Inch Boy (Nakamura Takanosuke) and Princess Kaguya (Nakamura Kotar˘).
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website


    Asakusa K˘kaid˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 January 2018
    Shinshun Asakusa Kabuki
    New Year Asakusa Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    Otoshidama (Nenshi Goaisatsu)

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura
    (Torii Mae)

    Genroku Chűshingura
    (Ohama Goten Tsunatoyo-ky˘)

    Evening

    Otoshidama (Nenshi Goaisatsu)

    Ayatsuri Sanbas˘

    Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki (Hikimado)

    Ky˘ Ningy˘

    Casting

    Onoe Matsuya, Band˘ Minosuke, Nakamura Kash˘, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Yonekichi, Nakamura Hayato, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Nakamura Kamenoj˘, Nakamura Umemaru

    Comments

    The yearly show for young promising actors at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘ in Asakusa, a lively and colorful neighboorhood that keeps the scent of old Edo.

  • Otoshidama: a special k˘j˘ for new year greetings (nenshi goaisatsu in Japanese).
  • Torii Mae:
    (In Front of the Fushimi Inari Shrine)
    This is a short scene showing the troubles of Yoshitsune after his brother Yoritomo, the Sh˘gun, turns against him. Yoshitsune (Nakamura Tanenosuke) is forced to flee from the troops sent by his brother Yoritomo. The trip will be hard and he decides he must leave behind his lover Shizuka Gozen (Nakamura Umemaru), despite her passionate pleas to remain with him. As a reminder of himself, he presents her with a precious hand drum that he had received from the emperor. Yoshitsune's retainer Tadanobu (Nakamura Hayato) rescues Shizuka from Yoritomo's troops and Yoshitsune decides to have Tadanobu protect her on the road, not knowing that this Tadanobu is actually a magical fox in disguise.
  • Ohama Goten: there are few plays more popular in Kabuki than "Chűshingura" or the Treasury of the Forty-Seven Loyal Retainers. In the modern period, this play was reworked by Mayama Seika as "Genroku Chűshingura", a play focusing on different incidents and different characters in this revenge classic adding historical details reflecting the Genroku period. One of the most popular parts of this play shows the man that will be the next Sh˘gun, seemingly detached from the vendetta, but in fact, intensely interested in the progress of the quest of the band of loyal retainers. Starring Onoe Matsuya as Lord Tsunatoyo and Band˘ Minosuke as Tominomori Sukeĺemon. With Nakamura Yonekichi as Okiyo, Band˘ Shingo as Ejima and Nakamura Kinnosuke as Tsunatoyoĺs teacher Arai Kageyű.
  • Ayatsuri Sanbas˘:
    (The Puppet Sanbas˘)
    The Sanbas˘ is part of the ritual play "Okina", a prayer for prosperity and in Kabuki the vigorous Sanbas˘ dance is often performed separately. To make the dance especially auspicious, the old man Okina and attendant Senzai appear as well. In Kabuki, the Sanbas˘ dance appears in all kinds of versions. In this particular version, the Sanbas˘ is actually a giant marionette (Nakamura Tanenosuke), dancing lightly until his antics tangle his strings, creating problems for his puppeteer (Nakamura Umemaru). Featuring also Nakamura Hayato and Nakamura Kinnosuke as Senzai and Okina.
  • Hikimado: originally written for the puppet theater, this play shows a tragedy of commoners caught between their duty and their feelings toward their loved ones. A sum˘ wrestler named Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ (Onoe Matsuya) has killed a man and takes refuge at the home of his mother. Unfortunately, her son (Nakamura Kash˘) has been ordered to arrest him. All of these complicated conflicts are symbolized by the lightness and darkness created by the humble skylight (hikimado in Japanese) as a rope is pulled to move a wooden shutter. Featuring also Nakamura Yonekichi in the role of Ohaya.
  • Ky˘ Ningy˘: this dance tells the story of the woodcarver Hidari Jingor˘, famous for the sleeping cat on the great gate of Nikk˘. He brings a statue of a beautiful courtesan to life and then there is a spectacular fight scene with a variety of carpenterĺs tools. Starring Band˘ Minosuke as Jingor˘ and Band˘ Shingo as the doll of the courtesan.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website


     
    Pontoch˘ Kaburenj˘ (Ky˘to)
    Dates 11 ~ 23 January 2018
    Zenshinza Hatsuharu Tokubetsu K˘en)
    Zenshinza Early Spring Special Performances
    Program

    Hatsusugata Ponto no Nigiwai

    B˘ Shibari

    T˘nasuya

    Casting

    Fujikawa Yanosuke, Kawarazaki Kunitar˘, Yamazaki Tatsusabur˘, Yamazaki Ryűnosuke, Tadamura Shin'ya, Tamaura Yűnosuke, Anegawa Shinnosuke

    Comments

    The traditional Zenshinza New Year performances in Ky˘to. As the Minamiza is closed, it is staged at the Pontoch˘ Kaburenj˘, a venue in the famous hanamachi district of Pontoch˘.

     
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