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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:47 pm    Post subject: Kabuki-za over? Reply with quote
It is kind of sad to see this place go.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20081023f1.html
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I am sure the new and improved Kabuki-za complex that is being planned will be quite nice. I'm looking forward to going once it opens.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
It would be a shame to see this Ginza landmark disappear. The promise to only preserve the "atmosphere" of the current building is worrisome. I have great memories of seeing Ennosuke's troupe perform there on a few occasions.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The only Kabuki I ever saw was in Kyoto. Located in Gion. You cannot beat it. Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Here is a bright spot in Kyoto.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 3:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
nohime wrote:
The only Kabuki I ever saw was in Kyoto. Located in Gion. You cannot beat it. :lol:

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I was lucky enough to see Kaomise at Minamiza in Kyoto. Also happened to be my first show so it was memorable. That said, I prefer the work of Ennosuke's troupe (which I have only seen at Kabukiza) because they present entire plays and not just famous scenes.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
nohime wrote:
Here is a bright spot in Kyoto.


http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20081108f3.html


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Thanks for sharing these articles. Maybe it's time I bookmarked the Japan Times page. Used to read Mainichi, but since they changed their format, only Asahi. I keep missing out on articles like this. I never knew that the kabuki signboards leave a space for the audience to fill. Very neat.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Here is more news on kabuki-za.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20090129a8.html



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
The Mainichi added a bit more to this story today.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I saw that article today also. It is hard to tell from the poor picture but it looks pretty odd with that huge plain office building standing directly behind the historical looking theater building. But I understand how valuable real estate is in the Ginza area.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Les's link from Jan. 29 has a colour rendering.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The building is so plain and boxy. Maybe they did not want to have the office building distract from the theater so they kept it simple but in my opinion the office building looks really ugly.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I saw another concept drawing which had the office tower in mostly glass... A boring and overdone modern architecture style, with no trace of the traditional, but at least it's not a concrete-dominated facade.

I wonder about the box seats they say will be added. Will these be traditional Edo period style masugata seats like they have at the Kanamaru-za? Or modern/Western style box seats?

I'm really hoping to make it to Tokyo to see one of the sayonara performances before it all gets knocked down, but I'd be equally excited to attend one of the opening performances in 2013.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Well, I didn't make it to Tokyo in time to see the Sayonara performances Sad

The final performance was on Wednesday, and closing ceremonies took place this Friday, April 30.

I haven't exactly looked around at all that many news articles, but neither of the two I happen to have here specify when demolition is beginning.

In any case, I look forward to seeing the construction site, seeing whatever there is to see, this summer in Tokyo, seeing some kabuki performances at another venue this summer, and hopefully being there for the reopening of the new Kabuki-za in 2013!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I liked this line from the Japan Times' article on Kabukiza's floor manager, Simon Yoshizumi: "He started an initiative to clean the theater, which he described as 'very old and dirty,' . . ."

Hard to imagine what it must have been like in that time period, because I remember a time in the aughties when we were sitting in a front row balcony seat and a cockroach mosied by us on the barrier as casual as could be. Guess they'll be looking for a new home now.
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