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Kabuki performance "Shitenno Oedo no Kaburaya"

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    Kabuki Performances in January
    Written by Fukumori Kyusuke
    "Shitenno Oedo no Kaburaya"

    Performance Dates:January 3 (Sun.) -27 (Wed.)
    No performance on 14 (Thu.)
    Venue : National Theatre (Large Theatre)

    Performance Time
    12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. <except 15 (Fri.) >
    4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. <15 (Fri.)>
    *End times are estimates and could vary.

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

    Ticket Prices(tax included)
    1st Grade = 10,000 yen (Students:7,000 yen)
    2nd Grade = 6,000 yen (Students:4,200 yen)
    3rd Grade = 3,000 yen (Students:2,100 yen)

    Seating Plan

    *Audio guide: Available for rent in Japanese. Click here for details.
    *Subtitles: No subtitles available.
    *English synopsis is available. It is included in the paid Japanese program.

    Booking Opens
    Dec.13, 2020

    Box Office
    0570-07-9900 (From overseas: +81-3-3230-3000) in Japanese and English
    (10:00AM - 6:00PM)
    Online Booking : https://ticket.ntj.jac.go.jp/top_e.htm

    Counter Sales at the Theatre
    available from Dec.14, 2020
    (Business Hours: 10:00AM – 6:00PM )

    in Japanese


    Tsuna, Yasumasa … Brave warriors resolutely confront Yoshikado, who plots rebellion using the sorcery of the earth spider!

    In January 2011, Shitennō Oedo no Kaburaya was presented for the first time in about 200 years at the National Theatre, and was met with great acclaim. Set in the middle of the Heian period, it depicts the heroic actions of four loyal retainers of the warlord Minamoto no Yorimitsu, including Watanabe no Tsuna, and the ambitions of the late Taira no Masakado's son Yoshikado, who aims to rule the country. In homage to original actor Onoe Kikugorō III, the piece features one of the specialty plays of the Onoe family: “Tsuchigumo (The Earth Spider).” Centered on the tales of how the Minamoto clan subjugated the Emperor's enemies and vanquished a giant “earth spider,” this has evolved into a highly entertaining piece; today's performance captures the essence of the original.

    Sōma no Tarō Yoshikado, who follows the wishes of his late father Taira no Masakado, aims to come into power and retaliate against the Minamoto clan through the use of the sorcery of the earth spider, which lives on Mount Katsuragi. Carrying with them the Naishidokoro no Mikagami (mirror that forms part of the sacred imperial regalia), which Yoshikado had stolen, and the Sōma family heirloom Tsunagi Uma no Hata (sacred banner with an image of a tethered horse), the factions of Yorimitsu headed by Watanabe no Tsuna and Yoshikado's group – along with the earth spider – face off in a battle of wits.

    The opening scene compares Yoshikado's rise and revolt to the feast at the Palace of the Dragon King; the strange relationship between Tsuna in the disguise of tobigashira (a head fireman), the beautiful, mysterious prostitute Hanazaki and her mother Ibarakibaba; an unexpected connection between Hakamadare Yasusuke, a hell-raising thief in Edo, and the fierce warrior Hirai no Yasumasa. In a harsh battle in which a member of four loyal retainers possessing the Suiha no Kaburaya (magical arrow) throws down the gauntlet to the earth spider amid bright red flames ― all of these unimaginable developments unfold through brilliant staging effects, and many entertaining moments, that can only be seen in the National Theatre's New Year Kabuki Performance.

    You are sure to enjoy this New Year performance of the National Theatre, which is presented by the acclaimed performance troupe led by Onoe Kikugorō VII.