VIDEO| Ginza Kabukiza, home to traditional Kabuki performances

Photo by Takahiro Takiguchi
Photo by Takahiro Takiguchi

VIDEO| Ginza Kabukiza, home to traditional Kabuki performances

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Okinawa

Located in Ginza district of Tokyo, Kabukiza is a four-story traditional Momoyma-style theater to Kabuki performances. Kabuki usually consists of three or four individual segments that take over four hours combined. Since each segment, which is about 60 to 90 minutes long, is a stand-alone story, dance or performance, viewing one segment can be sufficient. Viewing a single segment at the makumi-seki only cost 1,000 to 2,000 yen ($9.20-$18.50) depending on the duration, although the seats are on the fourth floor and a bit far to see every detail onstage. Before going to your seat, be sure to rent the English earphone-guide at the entrance of the makumi-seki. It will provide translations of the dialogues and lyrics in the performance, as well as explain the stories, music, dance, actors and other aspects of Kabuki. The rental fee for one segment is 700 yen, and there’s a refundable deposit of 1,000 yen.



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