Kabuki is a traditional stage play with around 400 years of history. The current style of dance, speech and music using traditional instruments such as shamisen (three-stringed banjo) was established in the early Edo period.
In Tokyo, the most accessible theater is Kabukiza in the Ginza district, which was reopended in 2013 after renovation. Be sure to rent an audio set to fully enjoy the play with a blow-by-blow account. The kiosk sells souvenirs and banto theme in the play topic.
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5.0in the last week
NICE ,OLD WITH FULL OF TRADITION. THE THEATRE GIVE THE FELLING OF AS IF WE ARE IN ANCIENT JAPAN. THE TEXTURE IS TOO GOOD. CLEAN AND HYGIENE PLACE. MUST VISIT ONCE IN LIFE. MOST OF THE FAMOUS THINGS ARE SHOWN HERE. JUST NEAR MAIN ROAD. FAMOUS OR PROPER LOCATION. FOOD OUTSIDE IS AMAZING. MUST VISIT. THANK YOU. SAYONARA.
5.0in the last week
A lovely theatre. If you're a gaijin like me, do a little research beforehand to make sure you understand where you need to go for tickets. You can get day-of tickets for a single show at the front of the building, but to pick up tickets at will call for a full-day program, as in my case, you will need to head downstairs from the outside (down an escalator at the side of the building) to the box office, then head back up to wait outside the doors until about half an hour before the show.
The program itself was magnificent. The costumes and sets were beautifully and meticulously designed. Those who don't know much Japanese can rent a handy device that latches onto the back of the seat in front of you and provides captions in English (Chinese is also an option, I believe). I loved the device, because it was so much better than hearing an audio translation that drowns out the performances of the live cast. That said, while the captions were beyond excellent for the first two portions of the program -- providing not only line by line translations but also helpful info about context and double meanings that are otherwise lost in translation -- the third show's captions sometimes did not provide line translations, instead giving a general summary of what was happening. This was less than ideal, but given that I did not expect or feel entitled to the service in the first place, I was glad to have it and appreciated it for what it was.
Make sure you stop by the gift shop as well. If you arrive about a half hour before the show, you will have plenty of time to see everything on offer. My wife and I picked up a beautiful bottle of rice wine--honestly, we just bought it for the bottle, which was adorned with a gorgeous kabuki-style design. The wine was very good, though. Slightly fruity, and though it was 65% according to the label, it tasted more like 10%.
Anyway, I have nothing bad to say about the place. Gorgeous venue, gorgeous show, and a great opportunity to see something you can't see anywhere else.
5.03 weeks ago
Very exquisite experience. I loved the music during the play. If you want to guarantee a seat in a single act, you should enter about 20 minutes before the play.
5.04 months ago
A very unique experience. Costumes, music and stage sets were beautiful. It’s in many ways a type of opera that is Japanese. We stayed for three plays which took a total of 4.5 hours. You can bring food into the theater to eat during intermission. Many people did this. We found seating to be very comfortable.
4.02 months ago
Well-organised access to a single act performance which provided a good introduction to this form of performance art. Good value too, with very good views from even the most distant seats. A much larger cast than I had expected, along with music, acrobatics, comedy and spectacle, all outweighing the stiffness of the spoken exchanges. I don't know if I will go to another one but I would suggest it is something a visitor should try for themselves to gain some extra insight into Japanese culture.