京都四條 南座

Minamiza Theater

The theater, which be blends new and traditional attractions such as Kabuki.

Celebrating the first anniversary since the reopening of the Minamiza Theatre
An annual event in Kyoto
THE FESTIVE KAOMISE PRODUCTION
Grand Kabuki Starring Actors from East and West

Date :

Nov. 30th (Sat.) - Dec. 26th (Thu.), 2019

Time :

Matinee (10:30 AM)
Evening show (4:45 PM)

Show time :

approx. 5 hours
(including 3 intermissions)

Price :

First Class : 25,000 JPY
Second Class A : 12,000 JPY
Second Class B : 10,000 JPY
Third Class : 8,000 JPY
Fourth Class : 6,000 JPY
Special Seat : 27,000 JPY

*English supporting guide available to rent.

*Tickets for performances marked "Sold Out" may still be available direct from the Minamiza Theater. Please inquire by phone or at the box office for information about availability.

*English-language guides available to rent.

About the FESTIVE KAOMISE PRODUCTION

‘KAOMISE’ (‘face-showing’) originally referred to the month in which a theatre showed the actors who were newly contracted for the following year to the audience. The annual ‘KAOMISE’ performances in Kyoto, the birthplace of Kabuki, have continued their long tradition since the Edo period (1603-1868).
Today it is an all-star performance and a big event for December in Kyoto.
Decorating the theatre façade every December are signboards bearing the actors’ names, a sight that has come to be associated with the winter season in Kyoto.
You can enjoy four fascinating masterpieces of Kabuki in both the matinee and evening shows.

*Tickets for performances marked "Sold Out" may still be available direct from the Minamiza Theater. Please inquire by phone or at the box office for information about availability.

*English-language guides available to rent.

Program

Matinee (10:30 AM)

Act.1

Shinshū Kawanakajima Kassen
TERUTORA HAIZEN
['Terutora Serves the Tray' from 'The Battle of Kawanakajima in Shinshū']

Story

A rare performance of a historical play by Chikamatsu Monzaemon. The warlord Nagao Terutora wants the services of the great strategist Yamamoto Kansuke who is now working for his rival Takeda Shingen. The wife of one of Terutora's retainers is Kansuke's sister and so Terutora invites Kansuke's wife and mother to see her. When the two women arrive, Terutora brings the food tray himself. Knowing what he has in mind, the old woman Koshiji kicks it. The furious Terutora wants to kill them all, but is restrained by Kansuke's wife, Okatsu, who desperately defends her mother, despite the fact that she cannot speak and must express herself through koto music instead.

CAST :

  • Nagao TerutoraKataoka Ainosuke
  • Okatsu, Kansuke's wifeNakamura Jakuemon
  • Naoe Yamashiro no KamiNakamura Hayato
  • Karaginu, Naoe's wifeNakamura Kazutarō
  • Koshiji, Kansuke's motherKataoka Hidetarō

Act.2

MODORIKAGO IRO NI AIKATA
['The Returning Palanquin']

Story

This classic is a popular dance filled with many highlights and a charming old-world atmosphere. Two palanquin bearers named Naniwa no Jirosaku and Azuma no Yoshirō return from the Shimabara pleasure quarters carrying a 'kamuro', a child apprentice to a courtesan. They stop to rest in Murasakino in Kyoto where a field of yellow rapeseed and cherry blossoms are in full bloom. They begin to boast to each other of their respective home towns in Osaka and Edo (present day Tokyo). Then they call out the 'kamuro' apprentice from the palanquin and talk about pleasure quarters in Kyoto, Osaka and Edo. Finally, however, the men retrieve objects concealed in each other's breast pockets, revealing their true identities. The objects are a precious incense burner, and a scroll of names of those who are plotting against the government. Only now do they realise that they are sworn enemies!

CAST :

  • Naniwa no Jirosaku, in reality, Ishikawa GoemonNakamura Baigyoku
  • Tayori, a child apprentice to a courtesanNakamura Kangyoku, having changed names from Nakamura Umemaru
  • Azuma no Yoshirō, in reality, Mashiba HisayoshiNakamura Tokizō

Act.3

Gion Sairei Shinkōki
KINKAKUJI
['The Temple of the Golden Pavilion' from 'The Gion Festival Chronicle of Faith']

Story

This is a 'jidaimono', a history play portraying the life of warriors in the 16th century. Matsunaga Daizen has defeated the shōgun and has set up base in the Golden Pavilion. The brilliant strategist Hisayoshi, disguised as a disgruntled retainer named Tōkichi, pretends to enter Daizen's employ to try to sabotage his plans. Yukihime is being held prisoner by Daizen. In a famous highlight of the play, she is bound to a cherry tree, but when she draws a mouse in the tree's petals, the mouse miraculously comes to life and chews the ropes that bind her. The role of Yukihime is considered to be one of the most difficult 'princess' roles in kabuki.

CAST :

  • Matsunaga DaizenNakamura Ganjirō
  • Konoshita Tōkichi, later, Mashiba HisayoshiNakamura Senjaku
  • YukihimeNakamura Kazutarō
  • Kitōda, Daizen's brotherNakamura Kikaku
  • Sogō Gunpei, in reality, Satō MasakiyoKataoka Ainosuke
  • Kanōnosuke NaonobuNakamura Shikan
  • Keijuin, the shogun's motherSakata Tōjūrō

Act.4

KANADEHON CHŪSHINGURA
Gion Ichirikijaya
['The Ichiriki Teahouse' from 'The Treasury of Loyal Retainers']

Story

'Chūshingura' is one of the most popular plays in the repertoire. It depicts a true event when forty-seven masterless samurai avenged the death of their lord by killing his enemy. Act VII is one of the most famous of the play and focuses on the leader of the vendetta, Yuranosuke. Yuranosuke must hide his intention to avenge his lord's death by pretending to be interested only in pleasure as he encounters key figures on his own side and on the side of the enemy. Yuranosuke spends his days and nights in the pleasure quarters of Kyōto. However, his enemy Moronō is not so easily convinced and has sent spies to find out Yuranosuke's true intentions. Okaru, the wife of one of the retainers is now a courtesan at the Ichiriki Teahouse, unaware that her husband is dead. Without knowing that a spy lies hidden under the veranda, Yuranosuke reads a secret letter indicating his true intentions. It is read from below by the spy, but Yuranosuke realises this thanks to Okaru. Okaru's brother Heiemon, a servant in the Enya household, also comes to the teahouse and there he meets with his sister again. Finally, Heiemon is permitted to be an attendant during the revenge, and the act ends with Yuranosuke preparing to lead the vendetta.

CAST :

  • Ōboshi YuranosukeKataoka Nizaemon
  • Okaru, a courtesanKataoka Takatarō
  • Tominomori Suke'emonNakamura Hayato
  • Yazama JūtarōNakamura Hashinosuke
  • Ōboshi RikiyaKataoka Sennosuke
  • Akagaki GenzōKataoka Shinnosuke
  • Teraoka HeiemonNakamura Shikan

Evening show (4:45 PM)

Act.1

HORIKAWA NAMI NO TSUZUMI
['The Drum of the Waves of Horikawa']

Story

One of the three plays by Chikamatsu Monzaemon concerning adultery. Ogura Hikokurō's wife Otane leads a lonely life as Hikokurō takes turns in attending on the shōgun in Edo. She offers sake to her drum master to prevent him from revealing her makeshift answer to her husband's colleagues who try to seduce her. Then she also gets drunk and commits adultery with him. She stabs herself in the chest and is slayed by her husband, as adultery was punishable by death.

CAST :

  • Ogura HikokurōKataoka Nizaemon
  • OtaneNakamura Tokizō
  • OfujiNakamura Kazutarō
  • BunrokuKataoka Sennosuke
  • Isobe YukaemonNakamura Kikaku
  • OyuraNakamura Senjaku
  • Miyaji Gen'emonNakamura Baigyoku

Act.2

TSURIONNA
['Fishing for Wives']

Story

A dance based on a classical Kyōgen farce. A master longs for a wife and is told by the gods in a dream to go fishing for one. He is united with a beautiful princess. His servant Tarōkaja wants a wife as well, but when he goes fishing, he is stuck with a very surprising companion, played by an actor who specialises in male roles here playing a rare, humorous, female role.

CAST :

  • TarōkajaKataoka Ainosuke
  • A masterNakamura Hayato
  • A beautiful princessNakamura Kangyoku, having changed names from Nakamura Umemaru
  • An ugly womanNakamura Ganjirō

Act.3

Shin Sarayashiki Tsuki no Amagasa
SAKANAYA SŌGORŌ
['Sōgorō the Fishmonger']

Story

This is a 'sewamono' play, a work portraying in a realistic way the lives of ordinary people in the Edo period. Sōgorō, a fishmonger, has made a vow not to drink. But when he learns about his sister's unjust murder at the hands of a daimyō lord, a death that they were told was execution for her wrongdoing, he starts to drink again. Becoming drunk, he storms into the lord's mansion to seek an apology. This play by the Meiji playwright Kawatake Mokuami is known for its realistic portrayal of members of the common class during the Edo period, and highlights their fierce pride as well as their fierce pride at the privileges of the dominant samurai class.

CAST :

  • Sōgorō, a fishmongerNakamura Shikan
  • Isobe KazuenosukeNakamura Ganjirō
  • Onagi, his maidKataoka Takatarō
  • Sankichi, Sōgorō's servantNakamura Hashinosuke
  • Urato JūzaemonBandō Shūchō
  • Ohama, Sōgorō's wifeNakamura Jakuemon

Act.4

ECHIGO JISHI
['The Lion from Echigo']

Story

This is a dance portraying a street performance by itinerant entertainers from Echigo Province (present day Niigata prefecture) who would wear shishi lion masks, put drums on the stomachs and do tumbling acts. First, the entertainer dances with a lion mask on, then performs to a piscatorial song and at last shows how one bleaches cloth in water by swinging two pieces of cloth to look like waves.

CAST :

  • Kakubē, a lion dancerNakamura Hayato
  • Kakubē, a lion dancerNakamura Hashinosuke
  • Kakubē, a lion dancerKataoka Sennosuke
  • Kakubē, a lion dancerNakamura Kangyoku, having changed names from Nakamura Umemaru

*Tickets for performances marked "Sold Out" may still be available direct from the Minamiza Theater. Please inquire by phone or at the box office for information about availability.

*English-language guides available to rent.

Schedule

Celebrating the first anniversary since the reopening of the Minamiza Theatre
An annual event in Kyoto
THE FESTIVE KAOMISE PRODUCTION
Grand Kabuki Starring Actors from East and West

Nov. 30th (Sat.) - Dec. 26th (Thu.), 2019

  Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
              30
Matinee
(10:30 AM)
           
Evening show
(4:45 PM)
           
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Matinee
(10:30 AM)
Evening show
(4:45 PM)
  8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Matinee
(10:30 AM)
Evening show
(4:45 PM)
  15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Matinee
(10:30 AM)
Evening show
(4:45 PM)
  22 23 24 25 26    
Matinee
(10:30 AM)
   
Evening show
(4:45 PM)
   

★ Reserved Stage

*Tickets for performances marked "Sold Out" may still be available direct from the Minamiza Theater. Please inquire by phone or at the box office for information about availability.

*English-language guides available to rent.

Price

Celebrating the first anniversary since the reopening of the Minamiza Theatre
An annual event in Kyoto
THE FESTIVE KAOMISE PRODUCTION
Grand Kabuki Starring Actors from East and West

First Class : 25,000 JPY
Second Class A : 12,000 JPY
Second Class B : 10,000 JPY
Third Class : 8,000 JPY
Fourth Class : 6,000 JPY
Special Seat : 27,000 JPY

*Tickets for performances marked "Sold Out" may still be available direct from the Minamiza Theater. Please inquire by phone or at the box office for information about availability.

*English-language guides available to rent.

About "Try Kabuki Ticket"

“Try Kabuki Ticket” is for people from abroad who want to experience traditional Japanese culture. With the support of the Kyoto City Tourist Association, these tickets enable you to enjoy single acts of Kabuki in the FESTIVE KAOMISE PRODUCTION at the Minamiza Theatre.

Access

Main Access

  • Bus :
    Get off at [Shijo-Kawaramachi] Stop
  • Hankyu Railway :
    3 minutes walk from [Kyoto Kawaramachi] Station, Exit 1
  • Keihan Railway :
    One-minute walk from [Gion Shijo] Station, Exit 6
  • Taxi :
    15 minutes from Kyoto Station

Address

605-0075 Higashizume, Shijo-Ohashi, Kyoto
TEL: 075-561-1155

History of Minamiza Theater

Minamiza is the theater that holds the longest history in Japan. Where kabuki origins here at Shijo-Kawahara, Kyoto, 1603. Minamiza Theater began at this prosper place. Kabuki performance that over 400 years often take place at Minamiza. In 1991, the chairman of Shochiku Co. Takeomi Nagayama decided to renew the interior and facilities of Minamiza Theather, but at the same time keep its old appearance that suits Kyoto. The reform was accomplished in November of the year.

Minamiza has been recognized as the Designated Cultural Property of Japan, as well as [Historic Designed Building]. To improve the earthquake-resistant of the building, it has been closed in 2016 for the construction. And re-open in autumn, 2018.

Minamiza Theater located at Kyoto, the so-called international culture city of Japan. As the theater that has the longest history, Minamiza will continue to pass on the [traditional art], and at the same time, combine with the modern entertainment. Spread the culture all over the world through the newly born Minamiza.

*Tickets for performances marked "Sold Out" may still be available direct from the Minamiza Theater. Please inquire by phone or at the box office for information about availability.

*English-language guides available to rent.