歌舞伎座

24 Oct

Do you know the 歌舞伎座 (Kabuki Theater) in Tokyo? Have you ever been to this theater?

Of course, you know what 歌舞伎 (Kabuki) is…right?

A traditional Japanese performance that is mostly recognized by the white face paint that the actors wear (often decorated with designs in other colors…commonly black and red).

Well, the famous 歌舞伎座 (Kabuki Theater), which is in 銀座 (Ginza, Tokyo), is scheduled to be demolished in April 2010! This is because the building, which is a Tokyo landmark, is old and the government feels that it’s time for it to be rebuilt…for safety reasons.

Many people are petitioning the government to save the 歌舞伎座 (Kabuki Theater).

I have seen 歌舞伎 (Kabuki) years ago. I guess I need to go watch it again before 2010, so I can see inside the 歌舞伎座 (Kabuki Theater) one last time!

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And then…do you know 歌舞伎町 (Kabukicho, Tokyo)?

Despite the similar names, 歌舞伎町 (Kabukicho, Tokyo) has nothing to do with the 歌舞伎座 (Kabuki Theater) or 歌舞伎 (Kabuki) in general.

歌舞伎町 (Kabukicho) is the seedy section of 新宿 (Shinjuku, Tokyo).

It got the name 歌舞伎町 (Kabukicho) because after World War 2 the Tokyo government planned to build a large Kabuki theater there. But the plan was scrapped because the city didn’t have enough money in the budget back then.

The area grew into a famous red-light district  (actually the Governor of Tokyo is cleaning the area up alot now).

歌舞伎町 (Kabukicho) means Kabuki Town.

2 Responses to “歌舞伎座”

  1. tokyo5 October 25, 2008 at 1:31 am #

    toranosuke….

    Supposedly they plan to replace the 歌舞伎座 (Kabuki Theatre) with an “office-theater complex”.

    Doesn’t sound good. 😦

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  2. toranosuke October 24, 2008 at 2:33 am #

    They are planning on rebuilding the Kabuki-za, right? I hope they don’t change it too much… or if they do, that they rebuild it more traditional-style, like the Kanamaru-za.

    I’ve been to Kabuki-za at least three times, and had a fantastic time. I’ve become obsessed with kabuki, and wish I were still in Japan, where I had the opportunity to see it.

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