INVITATION TO KABUKI Guide to Japanese Traditional Performing Arts KabukiINVITATION TO KABUKI Guide to Japanese Traditional Performing Arts Kabuki

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  • For works performed in modern times, the names of the works and the names of their characters that are introduced on this website are in principle in conformity with the names utilized by the collection of productions of the Japan Arts Council’s Culture Digital Library.
  • The names of the performers listed in the picture credits and theatre videos uploaded on this website are the names at the time of the performance.
  • This website is created based on information as of March 2019.
  • If the original text does not specify how the names of the work, characters, places, and/or other names should be read, this website utilizes spellings that are thought to be most appropriate based on various sources.


  • The translation of the play title and scene may vary by production.
  • In principle, proper nouns and other words shown in romanized Japanese without a translation are italicized. Romanized terms may be followed by their translations inside parentheses.


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