Invitation to Kabuki - Guidance for Kabuki appreciation
To view stage picture
 
You can view pictorial images of representative Kabuki repertoire items in digest form here.
 
"Aotozoshi hana no nishikie" Common names: "Shiranami gonin otoko" "Bentenkozo"
 
Click here to view picture image of Kabuki stage < RealPlayer : 3.3MB >
 
Repertoire explanation
[Part of] Bentenkozo's superb speech declaring his name
Bentenkozo played by Onoe Kikugoro 7th, "Aotozoshi hana no nishikie" 'Hamamatsuya misesaki' scene, March 1984
 
"Bancho sarayashiki"
 
Click here to view picture image of Kabuki stage < RealPlayer : 4.8MB >
 
Repertoire explanation
Distinctive speech from Kido's work describing modern love
Aoyama Harima played by Nakamura Baigyoku 4th and Okiku by Nakamura Matsue 5th (Nakamura Kaishun 2nd), "Bancho sarayashiki" 'Bancho aoyamake' scene, July 1994
 
"Heike nyogonoshima" Common name: "Shunkan"
 
Click here to view picture image of Kabuki stage < RealPlayer : 5.0MB >
 
Repertoire explanation
Makugire (ending) with Shunkan gazing out to sea
Shunkan played by Nakamura Kichiemon 2nd, "Heike nyogonoshima" 'Kikaigashima' scene, October 1995
 
"Kawasho"
 
Click here to view picture image of Kabuki stage < RealPlayer : 3.9MB >
 
Repertoire explanation
Appearance of Jihe on Hanamichi
Jihe played by Nakamura Ganjiro 3rd (Sakata Tojuro), "Kawasho" November 1997
 
"Koibikyaku yamato orai" ("Koi no tayori yamato orai")
 
Click here to view picture image of Kabuki stage < RealPlayer : 4.8MB >
 
Repertoire explanation
Moment when Chube breaks the seal
Chube played by Kataoka Takao (Kataoka Nizaemon 15th), Hachiemon by Kataoka Gato 5th, Umegawa by Nakamura Jakuemon 4th, "Koibikyaku yamato orai" 'Shimmachi izutsuya [Fuin-kiri]' scene, April 1983
 
"Kyoganoko musume dojoji" Common name: "Musume dojoji"
 
Click here to view picture image of Kabuki stage < RealPlayer : 3.6MB >
 
Repertoire explanation
Kudoki (lamentation) scene
Hanako played by Nakamura Shikan 7th, "Kyoganoko musume dojoji" March 1990
 
"Momijigari"
 
Click here to view picture image of Kabuki stage < RealPlayer : 4.0MB >
 
Repertoire explanation
Dance movement of 'Nimaiogi' by Sarashinahime
Sarashinahime played by Nakamura Jakuemon 4th, "Momijigari" November 1990
 
"Narukami"
 
Click here to view picture image of Kabuki stage < RealPlayer : 3.8MB >
 
Repertoire explanation
Narukami Shonin seduced by the allure of Kumonotaema-no-hime
Narukami Shonin played by Ichikawa Danjuro 12th and Kumonotaema-no-hime by Nakamura Tokizo 5th, "Narukami fudo kitayamazakura" 'Kitayama iwaya' scene ["Narukami"] January 1996
 
"Sakurahime azuma bunsho"
 
Click here to view picture image of Kabuki stage < RealPlayer : 4.7MB >
 
Repertoire explanation
Nureba (love scene) between Gonsuke and Sakurahime
Gonsuke played by Matsumoto Koshiro 9th and Sakurahime by Nakamura Jakuemon 4th, "Sakurahime azuma bunsho" 'Sakuradani soan' scene, November 1993
 
"Sannin kichisa kuruwa no hatsugai" Common name: "Sannin kichisa tomoe no shiranami"
 
Click here to view picture image of Kabuki stage < RealPlayer : 4.5MB >
 
Repertoire explanation
[Part of] famous speech by Ojo Kichisa
Ojo Kichisa played by Ichikawa Somegoro 7th, "Sannin kichisa kuruwa no hatsugai" 'Okawabata koshinzuka' scene, December 2001
 
"Tsuyu kosode mukashi hachijo" Common name: "Kamiyui shinza"
 
Click here to view picture image of Kabuki stage < RealPlayer : 4.2MB >
 
Repertoire explanation
[Part of] excellent 'Kasazukushi' speech
Shinza played by Nakamura Kankuro 5th (Nakamura Kanzaburo 18th) and Chushichi by Nakamura Hashinosuke 3rd, "Tsuyu kosode mukashi hachijo" 'Eitaibashi kawabata' scene, April 1988
 
 
 
RealPlayer RealPlayer is necessary to view animation. If you do not have RealPlayer, click on the logo at left to download it.