TOKYO KABUKI GUIDE
TOKYO KABUKI GUIDE is a special concierge service. We have provided you all information you will need about Kabuki in Tokyo since 2010.
We operate several types of Kabuki tours in order to enhance your Kabuki experience. We provide advanced tickets, handouts, English summaries etc. in our pre-performance presentations. Tours for people who buy one act tickets and Kabuki-za Gallery tour are also available.
Tailored tours, such as tours for a big group, students etc. are also available. Please feel free to contact us!
Where and when is Kabuki performed?
Kabuki is performed about for 25 days at two theatres in Tokyo as below.
Kabuki-za Theatre: Every month.
The National Theatre: January, March, June, July, October, November and December.
There are some theatres for Kabuki in other cities but Kabuki is not performed every often outside Tokyo.
Why did you start this service?
I, Kazui Yabe, a Japanese female licenced tour guide and a volunteer Japanese language teacher, have enjoyed Kabuki for many years and have already had many chances to take both Japanese and foreign friends to the Kabuki-za Theatre before I started my service in 2010.
I believe that with some essential information about the art itself and the plays on performance, Kabuki becomes understandable and enjoyable. I am happy to help with that, in finding and conveying the intresting points of Kabuki theatre and its programs. And I wish to share my many experiences and knowledge; to show guests a part of the Japan I love as a Japanese person.
Seeing Kabuki is to see Japan’s traditional stage arts which have been established for over 400 years.
The Japanese government had a seclusion policy in place for more than two hundred years, from 1639 to 1853.
In this period, the administration was stabilized and a period of peace ensued bringing with the unique cultural development.
Kabuki is one of the best examples of this.
Kabuki, which is the most popular of the traditional Japanese stage arts, is still hugely popular in Japan.
It is said that there are so many Kabuki plays in existence.
However, only about 400 of these have retained their popularity over time.
Kabuki has developed by taking many elements of the traditional stage arts,
such as Noh theatre and Bunraku Puppet theatre and combined them with the Japanese sense of beauty.
There are many unique features of Kabuki performance including acting techniques,
costumes, wigs, stage setting mechanisms etc. that can only be seen in Kabuki.
It has been said that Kabuki is the closest you can get to a true sense of Japanese aesthetic beauty.
Kabuki is unpretentious, easy to enjoy and much more accessible than other traditional performance such as Noh theatres.
However, knowing a little background information will enhance your Kabuki experience.
Which is why we would like to provide our guests with a pre-performance presentation.
Please join us!
We are looking forward to ensuring every moment at the theatre will be unforgettable for all our guests,
beyond couples, family, student on a group tour or anything in between.
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