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September Grand Kabuki, Matinee

RYOMA GA YUKU -Saigo no Ichinichi (Sakamoto Ryoma's Final Day)-
This is a dramatization of the last section of the tremendously popular historical novel by Shiba Ryotaro (1923 - 1996) about Sakamoto Ryoma (1836 - 1867), a visionary revolutionary at the end of the Tokugawa Period who brought various rival factions together to battle the shogunate and would have led Japan boldly, if he had not been assassinated in a bloody battle.
TOKI WA IMA KIKYO NO HATA AGE(Mitsuhide's Rebellion)
Based on the true historical story of Akechi Mitsuhide who betrayed his lord Oda Nobunaga and ruled Japan for a few short days before being defeated by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, this play focuses on Mitsuhide and his tortured relationship with the arrogant and unreasonable lord Nobunaga. It is one of the few period plays by Tsuruya Namboku still performed today and brings the same sharp psychological insight and eye for the attractiveness of evil characters that make his ghost plays and plays about commoners so powerful.
OMATSURI(The Festival)
A special gala version of the favorite dance showing people at a festival. This month, the top stars in kabuki will appear as gallant firemen bosses, geisha and dancers at a festival to say farewell to Kabuki-za.
KOCHIYAMA
The tea priest Kochiyama is a skilled thief and extortionist, but cannot turn down a request to help those in need. He disguises himself as a high-ranking priest to try to gain the freedom of a girl held by a powerful samurai lord because she will not become his mistress. Using the famous poetic cadences of the late 19th century playwright Mokuami, Kochiyama not only succeeds in his mission to rescue the girl, but he manages to extort a fair amount for himself.

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