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KABUKI 101

What’s Kabuki?

Kabuki is a traditional musical native to Japan. 歌舞伎(Kabuki) is composed of 3 Chinese characters. 歌 represents music, 舞 is dance, and 伎 is performance. In Kabukiza, which is located in Tokyo, there are two performances in a day and each takes about 3.5 hours. In August and December, exceptionally there are three performances in a day. Each performance has three small performances: antique article, hear-warming article, and Japanese dancing. You can enjoy traditional Japanese culture with Kabuki.

Ticket

As Kabuki is quite popular among the Japanese, at least in Kabukiza, everyday the seats are almost full up. So, I would recommend you to register and book tickets online (http://www1.ticket-web-shochiku.com/en/) beforehand. There are some ways to get them. The easiest one is to receive tickets at Seven-elven (convenience store) at B1 of Kabukiza theatre. After the booking, you’ll get reservation number to your email address. Just showing the number to the counter of Seven-elven, you’ll get it. 
 

Seats

There are some kinds of seats. First class and Second class seats in the first floor, second class seats in the second floor, seats in the third floor and box seats in the second floor. There’s an aisle in the right hand side of the 1st floor, when looking it from its stage. If you’d like to watch the performance closely, its’ better to book seats near stage and/or the aisle.
 

Earphone Guide

You can borrow earphone guides inside the theatre. To borrow it, you need to pay a deposit of 1000JPY with a fee of 700JPY. It offers good enough explanation, which is must to borrow if you’re not native Japanese speakers. 
 

Pic/Video

During the play, you are prohibited from taking pics and videos.
 

Food

There are three intermissions in a performance. You can buy Japanese food inside the Kabukiza. However, an intermission out of three gives you 30 minutes break, which enables you to go outside and get something. By showing your tickets, you can come back again inside Kabukiza after lunch/diner.
 
Enjoy it!

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I really want to go and see a Kabuki performance when I go to Japan and you've just reminded to me to check if they have given a date when they will open tickets for April, and they have so thank you. I now need to remember to keep checking back. I have seen Kabuki in England but not in Japan so I definitely want to. Fingers crossed I can get tickets.

My favourite kabuki actor is 中村狮童, I know him because of the movie 赤壁, and one day I was waiting for Train then saw this guy is also very famous kabuki actor.

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E4%B8%AD%E6%9D%91%E7%8D%85%E7%AB%A5_(2%E4%BB%A3%E7%9B%AE)

Many Kabuki actors are employed for movies as well as TV programs. It's one of the marketing strategies of Kabuki industry to raise brand awareness.