Shimbashi Enbujo Theatre was built in 1925 as a place where Shimbashi Geishas give a recital of an accomplishment in their arts. The performance commemorating its opening was the beginning of Azuma Odori.
Azuma Odori has been performed many times since then, and now it has become an event in which you can enjoy Japan through five senses; chic and voluptuous geishas on stage and foods of various restaurants and sake
The whole Shimbashi Enbujo Theatre becomes as though a beautiful and good restaurant for 4 days during the Azuma Odori performance. We welcome you on early summer days at Shimbashi Enbujo Theatre as a big restaurant where you can enjoy Japanese culture freely which has become unfamiliar even to Japanese people.
'The art of Shimbashi shown in classics' Generally arranged and directed by Nishikawa Sakon
Part I This is Shimbashi. Dances with Nagauta Lyrical Ensemble
1. KIMIGAYO SHŌCHIKUBAI Choreographed by Onoe Kikunojō
A dance by ten young dancers best for the opening of the performance, aiming for wonderful combinations of flamboyance, fast pace and solemnness.
2. SETSUGETSUKA Arranged and choreographed by Hanayagi Juō / Coached by Hanayagi Jusuke
A dance first performed in 1935, having various scenes: wet snow, refined moon and flamboyant and lively flowers.
Part II This is the very Shimbashi! Dances with Kiyomoto Narrative Ensemble.
1. YOSHIDAYA Choreographed by Nishikawa Sakon
Lovers' tiff in a room of Yoshidaya Teahouse between Yūgiri, a courtesan, and Izaemon, a disowned son of a wealthy merchant well known in Kabuki. The highlight is Izaemon's jealous speech who waits for Yūgiri's appearance in kotatsu, a Japanese foot warmer, and her distress over his heartless behavior.
2. ONNA KURUMABIKI Choreographed by Nishikawa Sakon
An adaptation of ‘Kurumabiki' which is one scene of “SUGAWARA AND THE SECRETS OF CALLIGRAPHY”. In this cheerful dance, Matsuōmaru, Umeōmaru and Sakuramaru are replaced by their wives: Chiyo, Haru and Yae.
3. MABOROSHI WANKYŪ Choreographed by Nishikawa Sakon
First performed at the first Azuma Odori performance in 1925, this dance shows how Wan'ya Kyūbē (Wankyū) has gone mad longing for the courtesan Matsuyama after having played around extravagantly and becoming dissipated. It requires high ability of dance.
4. KŌJŌ and Finale Arranged and choreographed by Nishikawa Koisaburō
In 1951 Nishikawa Koisaburō visited Yoshiwara Pleasure Quarters to get permission to perform their “Sawagi” on stage in Azuma Odori and got formal permission from Yoshiwara Association. “Finale” was thus adapted from “Sawagi”, changing its lyrics, and it is the specialty of Azuma Odori.
Advance tickets will be available from 7th April
(1)"Ticket Web Shochiku" (Purchase tickets on the internet)
(2)"Ticket Phone Shochiku"(Reserve tickets by telephone)
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From overseas: +81-3-6745-0888 (10:00-18:00 JST)
(3)Shimbashi Enbujo Theatre "BOX OFFICE"(10:00-18:00)
<Types of ticket>
1st-fl.Seat: 7,500yen (The front section of the 1st floor)
2nd-fl.Seat: 6,000yen (The front section of the 2nd floor)
2nd-fl.Right: 6,000yen (The right-side wing seats on the 2nd floor)
2nd-fl.Left: 2,500yen (The left -side wing seats on the 2nd floor)
3rd-fl.Seat: 2,500yen (All seats on the 3rd floor)
Box seat : 9,000yen (Side seats on the 1st floor)
We sell the tickets sold on the day of the performance at half the price when you show your student identification card at the box office.