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Kabuki Performance: Kanjinchō
Dec28

Kabuki Performance: Kanjinchō

14-minute video featuring 35-year old Kabuki Super Star, Ebizo…………………….     Kanjinchō Last week, I saw an outstanding Kabuki performance by ICHIKAWA Ebizo, a 35-year old, 11th generation super star Kabuki actor.   The same performance was earlier captured on Youtube, which I include here. The story, which is a modified version of a Noh play,  takes place in the late 1100’s, and is taken...

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Noh Performance
Aug24

Noh Performance

FUNABENKEI…..   7-minute video of a performance of Funabenkei, one of the most well-known pieces in the Noh Theather. Taken from the life of Yoshitsune, an actual historic figure who lived in the late 1100's, the scene takes place on a small boat that is stuck by a heavy storm.  The boat is attacked by ghosts of the sea, among them a member of a rival clan. They fight the spirits, but are unsuccessful, until Yoshitsune's...

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Japanese Lullaby
Aug24

Japanese Lullaby

Japanese Lullaby……….. 4-minute audio—This haunting Japanese lullaby from the Edo period (1603~1868) features a 6-piece ensemble of Shakuhachi flute, two 13-string Koto (zither), 3-string shamisen, biwa (Japanese short-neck lute) and...

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Contemporary Kabuki
Jun09

Contemporary Kabuki

Contemporary Kabuki Performance 7-minute video from modern Kabuki.

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Nakamura Kanzaburo
Jun01

Nakamura Kanzaburo

Kabuki Tap Dance The late Kabuki actor, 18th generation Nakamura Kanzaburo, performs the role of a drunk in a highly demanding dance in wooden clogs.

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Japanese Magic
Feb23

Japanese Magic

8-minute video–A truly magical performance of Tezuna, a traditional form of Japanese Magic.  

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