| Dear my friends,
Welome to Japan!
It is a little ifnromation about Kabuki.
How it was born:
The history of Kabuki can be back till the end of the 16th
centrury danced by a young female called Okuni of Izumo
area(Japan Sea side prefecture).
From 1603 this performing style was started to be called
as Kabuki, done by only female.
They have even established their own theater however
the strict government forbit them to continue the show as
those so-called-actresses did sometimes also prostitution.
| Young boys Kabuki:
The fimale Kabuki was replaced by
the young guys Kabuki.
Homosexualism was popular those
days and triangle love affairs/conflict
by gealous often happened becoming
a social problem that was why the
Shogun government had to forbid
|The Men Kabuki:
Then the adult men Kabuki was born that has been
continueing until now however Kabuk actors were
attractive and the shogun had to put them,
prostitutes and the untouchable class (lower than
farmers or commoners) all in one area so that it was
easier to control, it was Asakusa, you still see the
trace of it as there are many shoes wholesale shops,
only the untouchable class worked for the animal skin
The Kabuki theater, registered as the
world heritage of UNESCO is now under the
construction, the new theater will be ready
in the spring of 2013.
During the construntion period Kabuki is
performed in Meiji Theater.
The price is between 3,000-12,000 yen
according to the seat.
Or you can visit Kabuki film in
Shinbashi Embu Theater in Higashi-ginza:
It was built in the 14th of Taisho era
then destroyed as well Shinbashi
Embu Theateras and Meiji Theater
by B29 during the 2nd World War.
They repaired theater by using the
those were saved from the bombed
It has lasted for 58 years and
constantly repaired however it was
almost impossible to repair again
and they have decided to torn it
down to rebuild with modern facility
some like elevator for example.
| Program right after the War:
During the American occupation period it was
forbidden to perform the theme of revenge
alhtough it was often the main theme of the classic
Kabuki and the contents was censored, the classical
numbes couldn't be on stage until the end of 1947.
In the middle of fifties each Kabuki
family started to hold their own
shows and went to abroad to perform
to introduce the traditional Japanese
| Family business:
To become Kabuki actors (female not allowed) one
must be born in the Kabuki family. Ichikawa and
Nakamura families have been doing Kabuki shows
since Edo-era. Young boys watch their father and
grandfather's shows since young age and they
start participating shows as a small part at early
stage of their lives. They brougnt up in the backstage.
| Visit Kabuki permormance
During your stay in Tokyo!
Enjoy our traditional/hiestorical/rich