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Sunpearl Arakawa(Large Hall)
Discover KABUKI
PartⅠ Guidance "How to Appreciate KABUKI"
PartⅡ Experience the live performance of Kabuki "Koibikyaku Yamato Ōrai: Fūinkiri"

 In this Kabuki Appreciation Class, popular Kabuki performances are introduced by a fine Kabuki cast for as many people as possible to casually experience the fascinating world of Kabuki with its history of 400 years. The Guidance "How to Appreciate KABUKI" that precedes the performance also enjoys tremendous popularity, where Kabuki actors give clear and detailed explanations of the highlights of the performance. In addition to a free Kabuki handbook and program, subtitles are also provided this time, making it an excellent opportunity for beginners to enjoy and understand Kabuki.


Performance Date
June 20(Thu.), 2024

Venue:Sunpearl Arakawa (Large Hall)

Curtain Time

Running Time
Approximately 2 hours 10 minutes including intermission


▼Kabuki Performance
BANDŌ Hikosaburō
and others

Tickets(Tax included)
All seats = 1,800 yen
1st Grade = 6,000 yen
2nd Grade = 4,000 yen
Seating plan

*Audio guide: Available for free in English and Japanese. Click here for details of audio guide.
*Subtitles: Available in English and Japanese. Displayed on screen above and beside the stage.
*Multilingual booklet: Available for free in English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Korean, Spanish, French and Japanese.

Booking Opens
May 13, 2024
* If there are still tickets available for purchase on the day of the event, you may purchase them in person at the Box Office (on-site) for this performance.
Box Office (on-site):Open from 1:30 PM until curtain time

Box Office
 0570-07-9900 (From overseas: +81-3-3230-3000) in Japanese and English (10:00AM - 6:00PM)

Click here to find the details about how to buy tickets.

Book Online

in Japanese


 Chūbē, the adopted son of a hikyaku donya (a courier merchant) in Osaka, and courtesan Umegawa have been involved with each other. In the hope of being together with Umegawa, Chūbē tries to redeem Umegawa by paying a ransom, but unfortunately, he cannot raise the money for this.
 Meanwhile, Chūbē’s friend Hachiemon says he also wants to redeem Umegawa. However, Umegawa’s employer Jiemon rejects Hachiemon’s offer, as he expects Chūbē to do so. Then, Hachiemon calls Chūbē all kinds of names, making fun of his lack of money.
 No longer able to stand Hachiemon’s abusive language, Chūbē impulsively takes the envelope containing 300 ryō (gold coins) – which is supposed to be delivered to the kurayashiki (daimyo’s treasury storehouse) – out of his inside pocket, and then breaks the seal on it. Trust is everything for a courier; if he breaks the seal on an envelope entrusted by a customer, he cannot escape capital offence.
 Embattled Chūbē and Umegawa – what will be the outcome for this couple?

 In Kabuki, the role or acting style of a gentle-mannered, handsome man is called “wagoto.” Chūbē, the main character of this piece, is a representative role of wagoto. Though gallant, Chūbē has a wishy-washy, childish side to his character in some ways.
 The story of Chūbē, a sensitive and nice young man, committing the grave crime of fūinkiri (breaking a seal) has a ring of truth that holds even today. We invite you to immerse yourself in this realistic performance expressing the emotional turmoil of Chūbē, who rushes toward ruin because of his single-hearted love for Umegawa and his pride as a man.
 Also, easy-to-understand useful information to help you further enjoy this performance is provided through the Guidance: “How to Appreciate KABUKI” program. In it, you’ll learn more about the conventions unique to Kabuki, as well as the answers to questions such as, “What kind of job is hikyaku?” “How much is 300-ryō today?” and “What is fūin?”
 Centering around NAKAMURA Ganjirō, known for his graceful acting style representing Kamigata (Kyoto-Osaka area) wagoto, a star-studded cast, including ICHIKAWA Komazō, will be on the stage.