April 02, 2013
Tokyo's new Kabukiza theater opened with great fanfare and the sounds of taiko drums on April 2 in the capital city's Ginza district, as even the drizzly conditions failed to...
April 02, 2013
April 2, which marks the death of sculptor and poet Kotaro Takamura (1883-1956), is called "Rengyo-ki" after the "rengyo" (forsythia) plant, whose bright yellow flowers bloom...
March 28, 2013
From a newly built stage of "hinoki" cypress, the beating of a drum heralded the start of a new era for the Kabukiza theater in Tokyo's Ginza district as actors and fans...
March 27, 2013
A steady drizzle failed to dampen the excitement of a rare Kabuki parade in Tokyo's posh Ginza district on March 27, as anticipation is building for the imminent grand...
February 15, 2013
After being dark for three years, the new Kabukiza theater is the shining star of Tokyo's Ginza district once again.
February 06, 2013
SAPPORO--A massive Kabukiza theater made of snow has opened to the public here in this city in northern Japan, beating the reopening of the actual one in Tokyo by two months.
February 05, 2013
The recent deaths of two celebrated Kabuki actors, both taken from the stage in the prime of their careers, have shaken the genre's traditionalist world on the eve of the...
February 05, 2013
In 12th-century Japan, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, a general of the Minamoto clan, was fleeing to the northern part of the country through the Ataka checkpoint, located in current...
February 04, 2013
Kabuki legend Ichikawa Danjuro XII died of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital Feb. 3 after a long battle with leukemia. He was 66.
January 11, 2013
At 87, philosopher Takeshi Umehara hopes to breathe new life into the age-old Noh musical drama theater, by interjecting modern language and storylines that should appeal to a...
December 06, 2012
I always find it hard when people of my own generation die. But when I heard that Kabuki actor Nakamura Kanzaburo had died on Dec. 5, I felt devastated. Nakamura, a leading...
December 05, 2012
Nakamura Kanzaburo, one of the leading lights of the Kabuki stage, died Dec. 5 at a Tokyo hospital. He was 57.
October 25, 2012
More than eight years ago, famed kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro XII was diagnosed with acute premyelocytic leukemia as he was performing a well-known kabuki play.
June 30, 2012
OSAKA--A legend of Kabuki and other stars of the theater were on hand June 29 to greet fans in a traditional ceremony to herald the start of summer here.
June 14, 2012
It is difficult to imagine kabuki theater without its family traditions, the long lines of fathers and sons who have provided its leading actors for centuries and still...
June 06, 2012
This month's Kabuki performances at the Shimbashi Embujo theater in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward kicked off with some old pros--and a young up-and-comer--taking on new names.
April 16, 2012
Much to the delight of a large crowd on hand, a group of children performed Kabuki at a spring festival in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture, on April 15.
October 11, 2011
The Kabuki actor Nakamura Shikan, a renowned female impersonator, died on Oct. 10, aged 83.
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