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Kabukiza 歌舞伎座 Theaters / Ginza

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Biki


  • Kabukiza
  • (2009-01-16)
  • Kabuki is something you have to experience at least once... or only once.

    The graceful moves of the kabuki actor and the timely manner of the drum beats are indescribable by words alone.

    There are 7 to 8 acts available each day and at least one of them will be a dance (no worries about language barrier!).
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hana


  • Kabukiza
  • (2008-11-30)
  • it is old historical Kabuki theatre. I have been there for a full show and lasts for a day!! To be honest with you, it was too much. I was starving. And I did not get the translation headphone( they speak in old Japanese so i need some help to understand ).
    But if you just want to see a bit of Kabuki show, you can go for a part of show with 1000 yen. ( mine consisted of 3 parts... ) You can get ENglish subtitle headphone so no worries.
    Even if you do not understand the story like me, it was very special . they performance is acted by men only but some of them play the role of women and how beautiful they are! every mortion they do, it is so feminine and really elegant( but if you see the leaflet , with his face no make up, he is just ojisan!! quite shocking) It is defenetely unique so if you want to have special things which you can do in Japan, good place to go!
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Susan


  • Kabukiza
  • (2007-09-19)
  • Kabuki-za is a must see feature of Ginza. It's historical and it's architecturally stunning. If you go during the afternoon, you can see one act of a play. This is a great way to get a feel for Kabuki. You probably won't want much more than a feel. A one play ticket gets you a seat in the fourth teer of the theater, impossibly far from the actors. I had a hard time following the play, even with the English commentary from my rented earphone. If you've read The Tale of Genji, the action moves a little like that. In other words, not much of anything happens. It's definitely worth a visit, but it wouldn't be the end of the world if you skipped it, either.
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Peter


  • Kabukiza
  • (2007-07-09)
  • Kabuki-za, as you might expect, is an old theatre showing kabuki plays first built in 1889. It's unmistakable - a brightly-colored building completely contrasting with its modern surroundings, dwarfed by neighboring buildings but still imposing when you walk by. Tickets are fairly easy to get, depending on the show. Tickets range from 2,500 yen to 17,000 yen for box seats. They should be purchased over the phone in advance. There are also special, non-reserve tickets for 1 show only, at 1,000 yen. The standard tickets are for an entire program, which lasts several hours. The 1 show tickets must be purchased right before the show, and are good for the 4th row of seating only. There's usually a long line, but it goes quickly and isn't much of a hassle. Personally I would pay a little more next time and get better seats, because it's hard to see or hear the actors from the 4th row, plus it can get sweltering in the summer.
    I rented an audio set for English translation for 650 yen. It's not really translation, but more like a summary of what's happening. Better than being completely in the dark, I guess. Fortunately, when I went to Kabuki-za they were doing a kabuki rendition of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, so the plot was fairly easy to follow.
    Kabuki-za is convenient and a fun experience. The costumes are almost too bright to look at - beautiful kimonos in red, purple, and white. The sets are beautiful as well - they installed an entire field of white lilies for the queen's garden, pretty impressive.
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