2010年02月06日

"Kabuki-za" in Ginza,Tokyo, is only one theater exclusively for the traditional Kabuki" stage drama.

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"Kabuki",Japan's notable stage entertainment, has grown up from a street performance in Kyoto at the beginning of the 17th century. During the Edo period, from 17th century to the 19th, its form had gradually been matured by the popular support in Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo. In those days, it has been performed in many playhouses everywhere in Japan. Though its popularity is on the wane recently, it is still deep-rooted mainly among the elderly people. Additionally, some young actors try to modernize the traditional form of the performance, which draws attention of the young theater-lovers. "Kabuki-za" in the picture offers "Kabuki" stage dramas almost everyday. This building was first built in 1887, then rebuilt into today's construction in 1924. Sadly, this distinctive building is to be reconstructed again in 2010.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2009年12月12日

Signs of thoughtful devising can be seen in a "Noh" stage.

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Together with "Kabuki", Japan's traditional stage drama "Noh" was originally performed outside. The stage in the picture standing in a precinct of a shinto-shrine in Tokyo indicates some of those signs such as a painting of the pine trees at the back or the parapet. Even the large roof can't be removed when it is built indoors. Several earthenware jar are planted just under the main stage in order to intensify the acoustics effect of the stage. The backup chorus called "Jiutai", made up of 8 people, sit right of the stage while the accompanist called "Hayashi", single flute and four drams, sit at the back.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2009年12月07日

"Noh-men", the Noh mask is used only by a leading actor of the Noh play.

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The elaborate handmade mask is exclusively worn by the leading Noh actor. Noh is Japan's traditional theatrical art compleated in the "Muromachi" era, in the 14th century. On the whole, the mask called "Noh men" is made of a Japanese cypress, occasionally inlaid with copper or hair very accurately. As the mask covers the Noh actor's facial expressions, his body movement and the angle of his mask worn head express various feelings.
Thus the mask is regarded as a sacred entity for the Noh actor.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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