The Heisei Nakamuraza Theater has come to Asakusa this month and is set up on the Senso-ji Temple grounds. The Heisei Nakamuraza troupe was founded in 2000 in Asakusa by leading Kabuki actor Nakamura Kankuro. This month’s program shows plays and dances that Kanzaburo was famous for, commemorating the 7th anniversary of his death.
November Kabuki Program
Matinee starts at 11:00, evening show starts at 16:00
Venue: temporary theater at Senso-ji Temple
Closest station: Asakusa
Walk from the station to Senso-ji Temple’s Main Hall. The Heisei Nakamuraza Theater has been set up right behind the temple’s Main Hall. Inside it resembles an old Kabuki theater from the Edo Period 17th -19th century. Plays will be shown here until November 26, 2018.
More Kabuki in Asakusa
Shibaraku statue - Next to the temporary theater at the back of the Senso-ji Temple grounds is a statue showing the famous Kabuki scene Shibaraku. It shows a powerful warrior in a fierce pose. This warrior is the superhero of a play, who comes to the rescue of innocent people about to be killed by a villain and his henchmen.
Kabuki scenes - One street in Asakusa has many famous Kabuki scenes painted on the shutters of its shops. You can also find a picture of the Shibaraku scene here. This street is the Okuyama Omairimachi Shotengai. It begins near Senso-ji Temple’s pagoda towards the buildings of Marugoto Nippon and Don Quijote. Come in the morning or late evening when shops are closed and the shutters are down.
Asakusa Public Hall - This is the venue of the Shinshun Kabuki (New Year Kabuki) held in January every year. Tickets for the January program will be on sale from November 20, 2018, available on http://www1.ticket-web-shochiku.com/en/.