PART 1 :: YOSHITSUNE SENBON ZAKURA
Kabuki at a glance ::
Kabuki (歌舞伎, kabuki?) is the highly stylized classical Japanese dance-drama. Kabuki theatre is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by some of its performers. The individual Kanji characters, from left to right, mean sing (歌), dance (舞), and skill (伎). Kabuki is therefore sometimes translated as “the art of singing and dancing.” These are, however, ateji characters which do not reflect actual etymology. The kanji of ‘skill’, however, generally refers to a performer in kabuki theatre. Since the word kabuki is believed to derive from the verb kabuku, meaning “to lean” or “to be out of the ordinary”, kabuki can be interpreted as “avant-garde” or “bizarre” theatre. The expression kabukimono (歌舞伎者) referred originally to those who were bizarrely dressed and swaggered on a street.
Now that was a quick lesson on the art of Kabuki….still interested? Well you should be…
I was so excited to see my first ever Kabuki Performance that I showed up half and hour early…
On arrival I was stunned by just the mass of people, but that was probably because of a famous actor Ebizo was perfroming as Tadanobu the “FOX”
新橋演舞場 Shinbashi Enbujo is not half as Architecturally significant as 歌舞伎 ginza.
I really regret not going to this theatre before the renovations started in April as I’m sure it will be out of use for a while yet.
Now on with the show ::
The first program is a performance of sections of one of three great kabuki classics, “Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees)” featuring the magic fox Tadanobu. This is an epic story about the famous 12th century general Yoshitsune fleeing from the wrath of his brother Yoritomo, after the end of the war between the Genji and Heike clans and the fate of warriors on the losing side. This particular performance featured HOT property in Kabuki :: Ebizo as Tadanobu
I was listening to the English translation which also mentioned that Kabuki is performed world wide in locations such as London and Rome.
It lasted for a total of 3 hrs… TGF the 30mins interval = Lunch time, I desperately needed a bite to eat as I skipped breakfast!
which came in the shape of Sushi & Fruit ::
Bamboo :: Matsuya Ginza Sushi すごいおいしかった☆
I’m really glad that some of my Japanese friends are really cultured and know about Japanese Traditional Arts.