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The extravagance of kabuki

May at Kabukiza Theatre

Honouring legends of the stage

By Sleiman Azizi    - 2 min read
Venue: Kabukiza Theatre When: Jul 3rd - Jul 27th 2019 ,  11:00am - 8:30pm

With performances held almost daily, Kabukiza Theatre in Ginza is Japan's most active kabuki theatre.

One of Japan's three traditional theatre arts, kabuki traces its history back to the Edo period. Its highly stylised and visually impressive performances result in what can only be described as an outlandishly thrilling spectacle of story, song and costume.

To honour the celebrated kabuki actors, Ichikawa Danjuro IX and Onoe Kikugoro V, Kabukiza will be performing daily renditions of plays including The Revenge of the Soga Brothers and The Maiden at Dojoji Temple.

There are two programs per day, the Matinee and the Evening. Advanced or day tickets starting from ¥4000 can be booked via the official website and allow you to watch the entire day's program.

For casual fans or those pressed for time, single act tickets are a great way to sample one act of the program. Tickets are available at the theatre on the day. Prices depend on the length of the act and range from ¥600-2500.

Please check the official website for details.

Getting there

Take the Hibiya or Asakusa Subway Lines to Higashi Ginza Station. The theatre is accessed directly from Exit 3. You can also take the Ginza or Marunouchi Lines for a 5-minute walk from Exit A6.

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Sleiman Azizi

Sleiman Azizi @sleiman.azizi

A Japanese Permanent Resident, I drool over proper soba and sushi while Japanese aesthetics ticks all the right boxes for me.With over 100 published articles on Japan as well as 5 English language books written in a traditional Japanese style, I also happen enjoy writing. Funny that...I'm also the Regional Partner for Tokyo, Japan's never ending capital, so if you've anything to say about Tokyo - or Japan in general - don't be shy and contact with me via sleiman.azizi@japantravel.com

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Elena Lisina 2 months ago
Is it easy to get tickets for one act or a kinda chellenge? I'd like to try, but don't want to waste time if it is difficult.
Elena Lisina 2 months ago
Thank you! Will try!
Kim B 2 months ago
It's still on my Japan bucket list to visit one of these performances!
Kim B 2 months ago
Haha, now you've hit me where it hurts - I have to go!
Elizabeth Scally 2 months ago
Single act tickets are brilliant.

The Maiden of Dojoji Temple sounds mesmerizing with dance and elaborate costume changes. I think I’m going Kabuki, haha.
Sleiman Azizi Author 2 months ago
My first single act ticket was for a play titled, if I recall correctly, Satomi Hakkenden or the Eight Dog Warriors. It was brilliantly entertaining.
Elena Lisina 2 months ago
Sleiman, is there any Kabuki performance in July? I couldn't find any information through internet.
Elena Lisina 2 months ago
Thank you very much! I come in July, alas! Those dates I chose for the opportunity to climb Fuji-san.