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GINZA INTERNATIONAL WEEK GUIDE

  • Children’s Kabuki
  • Ryotei

GINZA INTERNATIONAL WEEK CONTENTS

  • Welcome to-GINZA GINZA Map-Information
  • Children’s Kabuki-Ryotei
  • Cocktail-Gallery
  • Food Town-Japanese Sweets

Childrenʼs Kabuki

Logo of Shintomi-za Childrenʼs Kabuki Kids acting traditionally

Traditional Japanese kabuki will be performed at an elementary school in Ginza this time by children! Scheduled for October 13. Don’t miss out one of the most traditional theatrical arts in Japan.

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.

PROGRAM

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.

“Shiranami gonin otoko”
“Shiranami gonin otoko” is one of the most popular kabuki plays in which a band of five thieves are chased by police following an incident. When the thieves are cornered and have to face up to the police, all five reveal their identities and life stories in celebrated monologues. All of the costumes match and include designs such as lightning bolts, birds and wild beasts. These unique visuals are real attention-grabbers.

Ginza, the home of kabuki Ginza is the birthplace of kabuki and next year will see the completion of a new Kabuki-za theater. It’s wonderful that children will be able to experience part of Japan’s traditional culture there. Please take the opportunity to support Japanese culture while you are here in Japan.
Admission free Date: October 13
First performance: 13:30 - 14:15     Second performance: 15:30 - 16:15 Place: Taimei Elementary School     Address: 5-1-13 Ginza, Chuo-City, Tokyo Advance application required * The performances will be held at the playground (in case of rain, gymnasium)

See here for inquiries.
See here for registration.

* 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)

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Ryotei

Ryotei The essence of Japanese culture

Food, entertainment and Japanese culture: “Omotenashi” is a Japanese term meaning the spirit of hospitality and “ryotei,” a Japanese-style upscale restaurant, is a place where omotenashi, fine dining and traditional culture come together for enjoying the essence of Japan.

A Ryotei is a place to encounter traditional culture
A ryotei is commonly established in a Japanese building with each room created using various characteristics. The salon, or “shitsurai,” is imbued with aroma and decorated with a Japanese-style painting in a “tokonoma”(a recessed space) and elegant flower arrangements. In addition, earthenware, china and Japanese lacquer-ware and other dishes in different sizes are representative of craftsmanship. The beauty of Japan can be found through the cuisine served using these dishes at the right timing while geisha, Japanese women who are very skilled in traditional culture, particularly traditional Japanese dance and songs, give a performance. This display of Japanese food, entertainment and Japanese culture allows you to experience omotenashi in a Japanese-style upscale restaurant. A ryotei is a place where the spirit of hospitality, fine dining and traditional culture come together for enjoying the essence of Japan.

Shimbashi Karyukai
Shimbashi geisha are recognized as Ginza’s geisha. Shimbashi Karyukai, which is one of the most representative groups of geisha in Tokyo, is located in the sophisticated and modern Ginza district. The history of Ginza begins from the Meiji era when Japan shifted from the samurai era to the modern age. Ginza’s policy was to become number one in terms of performance, whereby groupsof geisha worked hard at their lessons and such tradition has been handed down to this day. Although the number of ryotei has decreased compared with the past, with Kitcho joining Shinkiraku and Kanetanaka ryotei, Japan’s most prestigious ryotei restaurants are gathered in Ginza. In this respect, Ginza takes pride in its affluent customers from Japan and overseas, and in turn, handing down Japanese tradition.

To learn about a country by reading books is important.However, what is better than viewing a folk dance accompaniedby the country’s music while eating the country’s cuisine?Experiencing a culture that you have sensed has been created through historyis the quickest way to learn about the country.With this in mind, we are pleased to offer the following. GINZA INTERNATIONAL WEEK:Enjoy the Color of Famous Ryotei Every Day – Lunch with Dance Performance by Shimbashi Geisha – ¥20,000

[Menu]
Shokado-style lunch featuring the distinct taste of each restaurant
[Entertainment]
Dance by Shimbashi Geisha, starting from 1:00 p.m. on respective days
[Contact for reservations]
Ginza Diner’s Club Event Desk 03-5794-3488
[Acceptance of reservations]
October 1 – 11, 9:30 – 17:00 (Closed on Saturday, Sunday and holidays)
[Start times]
Lunch from 12:00pm with dance show from 13:00~13:15pm
Dance show from 13:00~13:15pm with lunch from 13:15~14:15pm
[Payment]
Cash or credit card. In case of credit card, only Diner’s Club will be accepted.
Note that your credit card number will be requested. In addition to initial membership fee, any drinks purchased on the day must be paid for in cash.
[Cancelation]
Please contact Ginza Diner’s Club Event Desk by 17:00, October 11.

Dates and Locations

GINZA INTERNATIONAL WEEK CONTENTS

  • Welcome to-GINZA GINZA Map-Information
  • Children’s Kabuki-Ryotei
  • Cocktail-Gallery
  • Food Town-Japanese Sweets

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