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  Kabukiza

The original Kabuki-za was built in 1889 and was a residence first of the Hosokawa clan of Kumamoto and later of the Matsudaira clan of Izu. Now it is the center of Japanese traditional culture although the beginnings of Kabuki itself date back to 17th century Kyoto.

 

When electricity was introduced to the building and the necessary appliances were installed, it burnt down in October 1921. The rebuilding started in June the following year. However the uncompleted building was again heavily damaged during the Great Kanto Earthquake in September 1923. Completion took until December 1924 when plays could finally be started again. Even during the war plays continued, but the air raids of May 1945 gutted the building, leaving only the outside walls standing. It was rebuilt again but did not reopen until January 1951.

Since its reopening make adjustments and changes have been made. Maybe one of the most useful adjustment was the introduction of headsets enabling foreigners to listen and understand the texts and the songs performed during the play. 

The Kabukiza was demolished in spring 2010, and is being rebuilt, a process which is expected to take three years. Reasons cited for the reconstruction include concerns over the building's ability to survive earthquakes, as well as accessibility issues. A series of farewell performances, entitled Kabuki-za Sayonara Kōen (歌舞伎座さよなら公演 lit. "Kabuki-za Farewell Performances"?) were held from January through April 2010, after which kabuki performances are taking place at the nearby Shinbashi Enbujō and elsewhere until the opening of the new theatre complex, currently scheduled for 2013

Kabukiza telephone number: 03-3541-3131 Reservations: 03-5565-6000

(10:00-18:00 open every day)

There are usually two shows daily

Matinees 11:00 AM -3:45 PM / Evening shows 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Please note that these time may change depending on the show being performed.

The matinees and evening shows usually consist of three or four plays.


Admission fees: 

Yen 16,800  (1st floor box seat), Yen 14,700,  Yen 10,500, Yen 4,200, Yen  2,520

Note: price can change without prior notice.
Single show (Makumi): This is for people who don't have enough time to see
whole program. You can see single performance of a program which usually
consists of three or four separated plays. But this ticket is sold only the same day,
the seat is on the 4th floor and the ear phone guide is not available on that floor.

 

For all further information please check the official website:

http://www.shochiku.co.jp/play/kabukiza/theater/

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