When: 17/06/16: 2:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: National Theatre, Hayabusacho 4-1

Kabuki is a cultural tradition with a particularly rich history, but without a strong background in Japanese – or even with one! – it can be very difficult to understand the subtle nuances involved in a performance. “DISCOVER KABUKI” is a perfect way to experience this dramatic art without the language barrier.

The event starts off with “How to Appreciate Kabuki in English,” a brief lecture in English and Japanese from guides Mantaro Nakamura, a kabuki actor, and Ayako Kisa, a TV personality. This is followed by the kabuki play “Shin Sarayashiki Tsuki no Amagasa – Sakana-ya Sogoro –,” featuring performances by Hashinosuke Nakamura in the role of Sogoro and Baishi Nakamura in the role of Ohama. While you watch the performance, you can listen to an audio translation of the story that lets you appreciate the fine points of a piece that depicts a slice of life during the Edo period.

If you’ve been waiting for the chance to see a kabuki performance first hand, now’s the time. Book your tickets quickly, as they should sell out in no time. To make your reservations, call 0570 07 9900 or 03 3230 3000 (IP phone and international calls) between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm or visit

Note: There are two shows taking place on Friday, June 17 – one at 2:30 pm and another at 7:00 pm.


How much: ¥3,900 (1st Grade)/¥1,500 (2nd Grade)/¥1,300 (Students, all seats)

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