Kabuki (歌舞伎) is the highly stylized classical Japanese dance-drama. Kabuki theater 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.” In the Edo Period, there were a number of small theaters showing plays (kabuki) in and around Ginza, and kabuki was passed down as the culture of ordinary people in their everyday lives. Shintomi-za Children’s Kabuki was inaugurated with the help of local town associations and elementary schools for children to perform kabuki in Ginza, the home of the performing art that has worked hard to keep alive the culture of the Edo Period. Shintomi-za Children’s Kabuki aims to deepen interest in the culture of Ginza, which has strong ties to kabuki, as well as in Japanese performing arts, and to foster kabuki as the culture of Ginza, its original home. People of all ages can enjoy this kind of kabuki together with the children and will no doubt find it incredibly interesting and profound. There will be two performances on October 13 at Taimei Elementary School: “Kotobuki shiki sanbasou” and “Shiranami gonin otoko”. To every one who arrived from various countries around the world, take the time to enjoy the wonderful culture of Japan in kabuki performed by children.
Kotobuki shiki sanbasou
Based on a type of Noh performance called okina, sanbasou is a ceremonial style dance performed as a prayer for national peace and a good harvest. The dance expresses the different ways Japanese people pray, namely calling forth the spirit of creation, bell-ringing and even individual steps.
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* No entrance fee.
* Advance registration required.
* Deadline for registration: 6:00 p.m. Thursday, October 11
* Capacity per showing: 250 people (Please note that registration will be closed once all places are filled.)
* No telephone inquiries.
* Seating will not be provided for this performance. Standing room only.
Organizers: GINZA Machidukuri Council, Ginza Association
Sponsor: Commerce Industry and Tourism Section(Chuo City Office)
Partners: Shintomi-za Children’s Kabuki, At Chuo City Taimei Elementary School
Work Assistance: Pacific Art Center Inc.,Kanai Scene Shop Co.,Ltd.(Stage setting)