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Kabuki performance "Himejijo Oto ni Kiku Sono Ishizue"

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    National Theatre (Large Theatre)
    January 2019 Kabuki Performance
    Himejijo Oto ni Kiku Sono Ishizue

    Performance Date
    January 3(Thurs.) -27 (Sun.)

    Performance Time
    12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. <except 11(Fri.) and 18(Fri.)>
    4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. <11(Fri.) and 18(Fri.)>

    Cast
    Onoe Kikugoro
    Nakamura Tokizo
    Onoe Shoroku
    Onoe Kikunosuke
    Bando Hikosaburo
    Bando Kamezo
    Nakamura Baishi
    Nakamura Mantaro
    Ichimura Takematsu
    Onoe Ukon
    Ichimura Kitsutaro
    Kataoka Kamezo
    Kawarasaki Gonjuro
    Ichimura Manjiro
    Ichikawa Danzo
    Bando Rakuzen
    and others

    Tickets(Tax included)
    Adult:
    Superior Grade = 12,500yen
    1st Grade A = 9,800yen
    1st Grade B = 6,400yen
    2nd Grade A = 4,900yen
    2nd Grade B = 2,700yen
    3rd Grade = 1,800yen
    Student:
    Superior Grade = 8,800yen
    1st Grade A = 6,900yen
    1st Grade B = 4,500yen
    2nd Grade A = 3,400yen
    2nd Grade B = 1,900yen
    3rd Grade = 1,300yen

    Seating Plans

    *Audio guide: Available for rent in English and Japanese. Click here for details.
    *Subtitles: No subtitles available.
    *English synopsis is available.It is included in the paid Japanese program.
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    HIMEJIJO OTO NI KIKU SONO ISHIZUE
    Himeji Castle is one of those registered first as a World Cultural Heritage in Japan. The legend that Princess Osakabe, a demoness with a twelve-layered ceremonial robe and a red hakama skirt, appears at the castle tower of the Himeji Castle has been passed down from old times and has been adapted for many kabuki works.
    This month’s performance is based on Namiki Gohei’s “Sode Nikki Banshu Meguri.” It combines that legend and a story in which a fox pair repays favor from a samurai’s family and depicts internal troubles in a daimyo’s family in Harima domain (present day Hyogo Prefecture). The playbook is revised retaining the feature of the original.
    In Muromachi period under the rule of the 8th shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, as the Momonoi clan, the lord of the Harima domain, is inquired why the heir frequents the pleasure quarters and declines the audience of shogun on the pretext of having lost the heirloom to be presented to the shogunate and being ill, the chief retainer Innami Naizen saves the Momonoi clan. Shogunate praises Naizen’s loyalty, but in fact he burns with vengeful thoughts and ambition. The lord, the heir and their loyal retainer Kosakabe Mondo fall victims to his evil scheme and he takes over the Momonoi clan. The lord’s widow Kinuta no mae struggles to levy warriors to restore the fallen Momonoi clan making use of the rumor that ghost appears in the ruined Himeji Castle. Mondo revives and disguises himself as a farmer Heisaku. He protects the orphans of the Momonoi clan and related people from the evil factions with his wife Otatsu. A fox pair Yokuro and Kojoro who want to repay favors from the Momonoi clan contribute to that. Where have the lost heirlooms gone? Will Naizen succeed in his revenge and realize his ambition or will the Momonoi clan be restored?
    Please enjoy the revival of an entertaining full-length performance with interesting ideas and direction befitting New Year performance featuring Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugoro as Innami Naizen, Nakamura Tokizo as Kinuta no mae, Onoe Shoroku as Kosakabe Mondo and fox Yokuro, and Onoe Kikunosuke as Otatsu and fox Kojoro.

    in Japanese