January Kabuki Program at Osaka Shochiku-za Theatre
Daily: January 2nd through 26th
First Class : 18,000- / Second Class : 10,000- / Third Class : 6,000-
Unit: Japanese Yen (tax included)
This month's performance is to commemorate the Name Succession of Nakamura Shikan VIII and his three sons, Nakamura Hashinosuke IV, Nakamura Fukunosuke III and Nakamura Utanosuke IV.
|Matinee (from 11:00 AM):|
KICHIREI KOTOBUKI SOGA
[Meeting in the snow]
|Naginoha, Kudo's wife||:||Kataoka Hidetaro|
|Soga Hakoo||:||Nakamura Muneo taking a new name Nakamura Fukunosuke|
|Soga Ichiman||:||Nakamura Yoshio taking a new name Nakamura Utanosuke|
|Kobayashi Asahina||:||Nakamura Kunio taking a new name Nakamura Hashinosuke|
|Kusumi, a lady-in-waiting||:||Nakamura Shikimatsu taking a new name Nakamura Baika|
|Usami, a lady-in-waiting||:||Bando Shingo|
|Omi no Kotota||:||Nakamura Kikaku|
|Yawata no Saburo||:||Nakamura Matsue|
This piece is an act of a history play based on the legend of the vendetta of Soga brothers and performed as a festive play to celebrate the New Year.
Kudo Suketsune ,a senior vassal of Minamoto no Yoritomo is appointed to the magistrate of the hunting session at the foot of Mt. Fuji. Suketsunefs wife Naginoha comes to Oiso to visit Izusan Shrine and Hakone Shrine as a substitute for her busy husband. As the party is taking a rest, brothers who name themselves Ichiman and Hakoo appear and question them severely that the person in the palanquin must be Suketsune himself. The brothers' father Kawazu Saburo was killed by Suketsune, so they watched the opportunity to avenge their father. In the midst of such disturbances Naginoha comes out of the palanquin. She tells them to wait for the chance and gives them the pass to enter the territory for the hunting ground which Suketsune left her.
KAJIWARA HEIZO HOMARE NO ISHIKIRI
|Kajiwara Heizo||:||Nakamura Hashinosuke taking a new name Nakamura Shikan|
|Oba Saburo||:||Nakamura Ganjiro|
|Kikuhei, a footman||:||Kataoka Shinnosuke|
|Kozue, Rokurodayu's daughter||:||Nakamura Kotaro|
|Matano Goro||:||Nakamura Kunio taking a new name Nakamura Hashinosuke|
|Kawashima Heihachi||:||Kataoka Matsunosuke|
|Yamaguchi Juro||:||Arashi Kitsusaburo|
|Kenbishi Nomisuke||:||Bando Yajuro|
This play is an act from a history play set in 12th century.The Taira general Kajiwara is asked to test the sharpness of a sword by slicing two live human beings in half. He deliberately makes the sword fail the test to keep the sword, a priceless heirloom belonging to the enemy Genji clan, from falling into the hands of his Taira clan. A miracle has convinced Kajiwara to change sides. Kajiwara finally demonstrates the true power of the sword by cutting a large stone basin in two.
NINOKUCHI MURA -From KOI BIKYAKU YAMATO ORAI [ The Courier From Hell ]
|Kameya Chube/ Magoemon, Chube's father||:||Kataoka Nizaemon|
|Chuzaburo's wife||:||Bando Takesaburo|
|Umegawa, a courtesan||:||Kataoka Takataro|
It is a sewamono play portraying a winter scene in a realistic way the lives of ordinary people in the Edo period.
In the pleasure quarters, the most important possessions were money and reputation. In danger of losing his lover, the courtesan Umegawa, the money courier Chube breaks the seals on a package of money entrusted to him after being taunted by a rival, even though the use of such money is punishable by death. In this scene, on their way to love suicide, the couple go through the snow covered landscape on their way to the man's home town where they will meet their end.
|Evening Show (from 4:00 PM):|
[The Crane and the Tortoise]
|The Crane||:||Nakamura Kunio taking a new name Nakamura Hashinosuke|
|The Tortoise||:||Nakamura Muneo taking a new name Nakamura Fukunosuke|
|An Attendant||:||Nakamura Yoshio taking a new name Nakamura Utanosuke|
There is no particular plot to this dance, but simply shows a visit by the emperor to the Moon Pavilion where two courtiers dance as the spirits of the crane and tortoise.
The crane is said to live for a thousand years, the tortoise is said to live for ten thousand years. Together, they are a traditional symbol of longevity.
|Nakamura Hashinosuke taking a new name Nakamura Shikan|
|Nakamura Kunio taking a new name Nakamura Hashinosuke|
|Nakamura Muneo taking a new name Nakamura Fukunosuke|
|Nakamura Yoshio taking a new name Nakamura Utanosuke|
|Sakata Tojuro and other top rate actors are present.|
The name of actors have been handed down from generation to generation throughout Kabuki's long history. This month Nakamura Hashinosuke succeeds to the name of Nakamura Shikan and each of his three sons also succeeds to a new name. This is the stage announcement of the succession. There is a close relationship between the stage and the audience in kabuki and this is shown by these ceremonial stage announcements where the top stars of the company address the audience directly.
[The Subscription List]
|Musashibo Benkei||:||Nakamura Hashinosuke taking a new name Nakamura Shikan|
|Minamoto no Yoshitsune||:||Nakamura Kaishun|
|Kamei Rokuro||:||Nakamura Kunio taking a new name Nakamura Hashinosuke|
|Kataoka Hachiro||:||Nakamura Muneo taking a new name Nakamura Fukunosuke|
|Suruga Jiro||:||Nakamura Yoshio taking a new name Nakamura Utanosuke|
|Hitachibo Kaison||:||Arashi Kitsusaburo|
|Togashi Saemon||:||Kataoka NIzaemon|
The most famous play in the original "Juhachiban" and probably the most popular kabuki play today. It includes dance, comedy and the heart-warming pathos of a band of heroes during their last days. Disguised as a band of traveling priests the fugitive general Yoshitsune and his small band of retainers are stopped at a road barrier. They escape only through the quick thinking of the head retainer, a warrior priest named Benkei, who improvises the text of an elaborate imperial decree with an empty scroll. Togashi, the barrier guard allows them to pass, but one of his soldiers points out that there is a man who resembles Yoshitsune...
KARI NO TAYORI
[Tricky Love Letters]
|Sannigoroshichi, a barber||:||Nakamura Ganjiro|
|Otama, the madam of a brothel||:||Kataoka Takataro|
|Maeno Sajima, a young lord||:||Nakamura Kikaku|
|Tsukasa, Sajima's mistress||:||Nakamura Kotaro|
|Omitsu, a nurse||:||Nakamura Shikimatsu taking a new name Nakamura Baika|
|Genpaku, a doctor||:||Nakamura Jujiro|
|Takagi Jirotayu, Sajima's senior retainer||:||Bando Yajuro|
|Yorozuya Kinnosuke, a young master||:||Nakamura Hashinosuke taking a new name Nakamura Shikan|
This piece is a representative play performed in Kansai (the region of Kyoto and Osaka) style of acting.
A young lord Maeno Sajima comes to Arima hot springs for health with his lover Tsukasa. Sajima sees how Tsukasa longs for a barber Goroshichi and feels jealousy towards him. Sajima plots with his vassals to send a forged love letter to Goroshichi. Much delighted Goroshichi sneaks into the inn, but they go so far as to call him a thief. As he was about to be accused for adultery, Sajima's chief retainer Jirodayu appears. He exposes Sajima's plot and saves Goroshichi. He finds out that Goroshichi is not a mere barber. Goroshichi is in reality...
This performance has no English "G-Mark Guide" (captioning) rental service.
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(Most of the pages are in Japanese)