2 shows in Nagoya (Misonoza), 4 in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, NHK Hall) and 1 in ďsaka (Sh˘chikuza)!

  • Sakata T˘jűr˘, Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ and Nakamura Jakuemon perform at the Misonoza!
  • Kataoka Nizaemon, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ and Nakamura Shikan perform at the Kabukiza!
  • Nakamura Kichiemon, Nakamura Tomijűr˘, Nakamura Baigyoku and Nakamura Shibajaku perform at the National Theatre!
  • Ichikawa Danjir˘, Ichikawa Somegor˘ and Kataoka Ainosuke perform at the Sh˘chikuza!
  • Misonoza (Nagoya)
    Dates 1 ~ 25 October 2006 (Kichirei Kaomise K˘gy˘ Kabuki)


    Fuji Musume

    Echigo Jishi

    ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata
    (Moritsuna Jin'ya)


    Ayatsuri Sanbas˘


    Makura Jishi

    Tsuyu Kosode Mukashi Hachij˘ (Kamiyui Shinza)


    Sakata T˘jűr˘, Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Band˘ Mitsugor˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Kataoka Gat˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Nakamura Kanjaku, Nakamura Senjaku, Kataoka Takatar˘, Ichikawa Danz˘, Onoe Sh˘roku, Band˘ Takesabur˘, Nakamura Kikaku, ďtani Tomoemon, Ichikawa Unosuke, Band˘ Shűch˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Band˘ Kamesabur˘, Kataoka Shinnosuke


    The first kaomise of the year. Sakata T˘jűr˘ celebrates his shűmei at the Misonoza by playing the roles of Sasaki Moritsuna and the keisei Yayoi (in reality the spirit of a shishi) in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata" and the dance "Makura Jishi".

  • Ya-no-Ne: like a picture come to life, this play combines the most exaggerated costumes and movements with leisurely humor. The aragoto hero Soga no Gor˘ is sharpening a giant arrow and sleeping in wishes of good fortune for the New Year when he sees his brother Jűr˘ in a dream asking him to come and rescue him. The two Soga brothers are part of one of the most popular vendetta stories in Kabuki, suffering for eighteen years before being able to avenge the death of their father. In this play, when Gor˘ finds out that his brother is in trouble, he jumps on the horse of a passing daikon vendor and, brandishing a giant daikon as a whip prepares to rush to his brother's side. Starring Onoe Sh˘roku as Gor˘.
  • Fuji Musume: the spirit of wisteria blossoms dances of love in the form of a beautiful young maiden. One of Kabuki's most famous and colorful dances, it will feature the dancing skills of Nakamura Tokiz˘.
  • Echigo Jishi: one of the most popular dances in the Kabuki repertory, this shows a traveling entertainer (Band˘ Mitsugor˘) that performed lion dances, with an adult playing the music and a child doing acrobatics like a little lion. The dance shows the feelings of the adult performer and his feelings for his home in the Echigo region and finally ends with the famous white cloth of the area as he waves long strips of cloth in a variety of different patterns.
  • Moritsuna Jin'ya: this play is one of the greatest classics of the jidaimono historical play style. Two brothers, Moritsuna and Takatsuna are generals on opposing sides. Moritsuna's forces are greater in number and strength, but his brother's brilliant strategies allow him to escape by preying on Moritsuna's psychological weaknesses. Ruthlessly, Takatsuna has his son sacrifice his life to force Moritsuna to identify the head of an imposter as that of his dead brother. Starring Sakata T˘jűr˘ as Moritsuna, with Kataoka Hidetar˘ as Mimy˘, the mother of the two brothers, Nakamura Senjaku as Kagaribi, the wife of Takatsuna, and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ as the crafty general Wada no Hy˘e.
  • 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 Kanjaku), dancing lightly until his antics tangle his strings, creating problems for his puppeteer (Nakamura Kikaku). Featuring also Ichikawa Sadanji and Band˘ Kamesabur˘ in the roles of Okina and Senzai.
  • K˘j˘: there is a close relationship between the stage and the audience in Kabuki and this is shown by these ceremonial stage announcements where the top stars of the company address the audience directly. This month, the actors celebrate the shűmei of Sakata T˘jűr˘.
  • Makura Jishi: the keisei Yayoi performs a dance expressing her bitterness toward her dreary life in the gay quarters, but she gradually finds herself under the control of the lion spirit. In the second half of the dance, the lion spirit itself appears and performs its crazed dance among peonies and fluttering butterflies. Starring Sakata T˘jűr˘ as both the courtesan Yayoi and the spirit of the lion.
  • Kamiyui Shinza: Shinza is a barber that goes from door to door, but at the same time, he is a villain that kidnaps Okuma, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy household, and even resists the efforts of Yatagor˘ Genshichi, the most prestigious strongman in town, to get her release. Starring Onoe Kikugor˘ as Shinza, Kataoka Takatar˘ as Okuma, Nakamura Tokiz˘ as Chűshichi and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ as Yatagor˘ Genshichi.
  • Source: Earphone Guide website

    Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 October 2006 (Geijutsusai Jűgatsu ďkabuki)

    Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami (Kuzu-no-Ha)

    Kotobuki Soga no Taimen

    Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki (Kumagai Jin'ya)



    Kanadehon Chűshingura

  • Tepp˘ Watashi, Futatsudama
  • Kanpei Harakiri
  • Tsuyu Kosode Mukashi Hachij˘ (Kamiyui Shinza)


    Kataoka Nizaemon, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Kaishun, Ichikawa Danshir˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘


  • Kuzu-no-Ha: Abe no Yasuna, a court astrologer in disgrace, has married a beautiful woman named Kuzu-no-Ha, not knowing that she is actually a fox that has taken human form to repay his kindness in saving his life. The couple has a child and lives happily together until the real woman whose form the fox borrowed appears. Knowing that she can no longer stay, Kuzu-no-Ha writes a tearful farewell poem on the paper screen and returns to the wilderness. Starring Nakamura Kaishun as Kuzu-no-Ha and Ichikawa Monnosuke as Yasuna.
  • Soga no Taimen: this is one of the oldest and most classical of all Kabuki plays. In the Edo period, every January, plays appeared about the vendetta carried out by the Soga brothers Jűr˘ and Gor˘ after eighteen years of hardship. In "Soga no Taimen" the brothers confront Kud˘ Suketsune, the man responsible for their father's death. More ceremony than play, it features each of the important Kabuki character types, including the bombastic aragoto style of Gor˘ and the soft wagoto style of Jűr˘. This month features a cast headed by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ as Kud˘ and some of the most popular young stars in Kabuki with Ichikawa Ebiz˘ as Gor˘ and Onoe Kikunosuke as Jűr˘.
  • Kumagai Jin'ya: this play is a dramatization of the clash between the Genji general Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane and the Heike warrior Taira no Atsumori at the battle of Ichi-no-Tani, one of the most famous passages of the epic "Tales of the Heike". In the Kabuki version, on the cryptic orders of the Genji leader Yoshitsune, Kumagai hides the enemy warrior Atsumori and has his own son take the warrior's place. On the battlefield, Kumagai has to kill his own son in Atsumori's place. Things become worse when his wife Sagami and Atsumori's mother Fuji-no-Kata arrive at his camp. In the highlight of the play, he tells them the story of his mortal battle with Atsumori, keeping Atsumori's well-being and his own sacrifice a secret. He then shows the head of Atsumori for inspection by his leader to see if he has interpreted his orders correctly. This performance stars Matsumoto K˘shir˘ as Kumagai, with Nakamura Shikan as Kumagai's wife Sagami, Nakamura Kaishun as Fuji-no-Kata, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ as Yoshitsune and Ichikawa Danshir˘ as Midaroku.
  • Omatsuri: Kataoka Nizaemon as a gallant fireman boss at a festival telling a rueful tale of failure in love and showing the vigorous work songs of firefighters.
  • Tepp˘ Watashi/Futatsudama/Kanpei Harakiri: this section of the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura" is about Hayano Kanpei (Kataoka Nizaemon) and his wife Okaru (Onoe Kikunosuke). Kanpei survives as a hunter and is desperate for the money that will allow him to become a samurai again. He encounters two former retainers of Lord En'ya Hangan who offer to allow him to participate in a vendetta to avenge Lord En'ya Hangan's death by attacking K˘ no Moron˘. Unknown to him, though, Okaru's family has decided to raise the memory by selling her into prostitution as a courtesan in the Gion district of Ky˘to. Okaru's father travels on a dark mountain road, eager to bring the first half of the money to Kanpei. But he is attacked and robbed by Sadakur˘ (Ichikawa Ebiz˘), also a former retainer of Lord En'ya Hangan who has gone bad and become a thief. At this point, Kanpei aims and fires at s wild boar and instead kills Sadakur˘. He finds the purse with all the money and, thinking that is the gift of heaven, rushes home. At home, the brothel keeper is already there to collect Okaru and Kanpei wants to refuse to let her go, until he realizes where the money came from and believes that he killed Okaru's father by mistake. He urges Okaru to go to the pleasure quarters, not wanting her to know what has happened. In one of the dramatic highlights of the play, Kanpei commits suicide to atone for his multiple failures in duty.
  • Kamiyui Shinza: Shinza is a barber that goes from door to door, but at the same time, he is a villain that kidnaps Okuma, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy household, and even resists the efforts of Yatagor˘ Genshichi, the most prestigious strongman in town, to get her release. Starring Matsumoto K˘shir˘ as Shinza, Ichikawa Komaz˘ as Okuma and Ichikawa Danshir˘ as Yatagor˘ Genshichi.
  • Source: Earphone Guide website

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 1 October 2006

    Benkei Nitai

  • Ataka
  • Kanjinch˘
  • Casting

    Kond˘ Kennosuke, Nakamura Kichiemon, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Shibajaku


    A great and unusual program dedicated to the monk warrior Benkei. The first item is the famous drama "Ataka" and the second one is "Kanjinch˘", the Kabuki adaptation of this drama, most likely the most famous dance-drama in the current Kabuki repertoire. The role of Benkei is performed by Kond˘ Kennosuke of the H˘sh˘ school in "Ataka" and by Nakamura Kichiemon in "Kanjinch˘".

    The poster of the October dual program at the National Theatre

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 4 ~ 27 October 2006

    Genroku Chűshingura

  • Edo-j˘ no Ninj˘
  • Daini no Shisha
  • Saigo no Daihy˘j˘
  • Casting

    Nakamura Kichiemon, Nakamura Tomijűr˘, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Shibajaku, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Kash˘, Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Shinjir˘, Kataoka Roen, Nakamura Matsue, Band˘ Kametoshi, ďtani Keiz˘, Sawamura Yoshijir˘, Nakamura Tanetar˘, Nakamura Hayato


    The National Theatre commemorates its 40th anniversary. Mayama Seika's Shinkabuki masterpiece "Genroku Chűshingura" is staged in its integrity over 3 months in 3 different productions with 3 different stars in the leading role of ďishi Kuranosuke. This month, the role is played by Nakamura Kichiemon.

    Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 October 2006 (Jűgatsu Hanagata Kabuki)

    Somemoy˘ Chűgi no Goshuin
    (Hosokawa no Katakiuchi)


    Ichikawa Danjir˘, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Kataoka Ainosuke, Ichikawa Shun'en, Ichikawa En'ya, Ichikawa Juen, Band˘ Shinsha, Kamimura Kichiya


    Rare revival of Kawatake Shinshichi III's drama "Somemoy˘ Chűgi no Goshuin", which was premiered in November 1889 at the Ichimuraza. Real fire was used on stage for the premiere of this play mixing revenge and homosexuality. This revival in ďsaka features Ichikawa Somegor˘, Kataoka Ainosuke and Ichikawa Danjir˘ in the roles of ďkawa Tomoemon, Innami Kazuma and Hosokawa Ecchű-no-Kami (kami of the province of Ecchű).

  • Hosokawa no Katakiuchi: ďkawa Tomoemon (Ichikawa Somegor˘), a samurai, yearns for the love of Innami Kazuma (Kataoka Ainosuke), a page at the service of the Hosokawa clan. He takes the decision to reject his own rank, to go into service as a page at the Hosakawa's mansion. The two young men not only indulge themselves with shűd˘, but become also righteous brothers, vowing to take revenge against Yokoyama Zusho (Ichikawa En'ya), who was responsible for the downfall of Kazuma's father. Eventually, Tomoemon and Kazuma succeed in striking their enemy but, at the end of the fight, a terrible fire is about to destroy the treasure of the Hosokawa clan, where is kept a precious sealed certificate. Tomoemon jumps into the fire devastating the kura ... will Kazuma follow his lover into the flames? Featuring also Ichikawa Danjir˘ and Kamimura Kichiya in the roles of Hosokawa Ecchű-no-Kami and Hosokawa's okugata.
  • NHK Hall (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 29 October 2006 (Koten Gein˘ Kansh˘ Kai)



    Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Band˘ Mitsugor˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Ichikawa Danz˘, Band˘ Shűch˘, Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘, Ichimura Manjir˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Ichikawa Omez˘, Onoe Ukon, Onoe Matsuya


    33rd edition of Koten Gein˘ Kansh˘ Kai (literally the "Classics Entertainment Appreciation Association"), a yearly performance produced by the National TV network NHK. The program includes one ky˘gen, one Kabuki play, one traditional dance and traditional music.

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