It is a chance to see Kabuki with translation… and it’s free! Let’s enjoy a traditional Japanese play from 200 years ago!(Gifu Pref)

2017-04-04   Culture, Gifu,

During the Edo Perio, 200 years ago, Kabuki became popular among the common people because
of it’s exciting dramatization of events and affairs, and the attractive Kabuki actors. The performances also became popular discussion topics among the people.


People in rural areas were enthusiastic fans of Kabuki and they learned how to perform it from traveling shows. They eventually started organizing and performing Kabuki themselves in their hometowns at playhouses and at ceremonies. Amateurs of Kabuki that performed in rural parts of Japan are called “Jikabuki”, which still continues today in some regions. Original stories, costumes, and dance routines from the Edo period have been passed down from one generation to the next in Jikabuki programs.

Gifu prefecture has 29 Jikabuki preservation organizations, more than any other prefecture in the nation and is the nation’s most active Jikabuki region. Old shibai-goyas (playhouses) are preserved in various parts of the prefecture where Jikabuki programs are still performed just like they were during the Edo period.

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Recommended performances

1. Let’s take part in the special regular performances and enjoy Jikabuki!

The program consists of an explanation about Jikabuki with an English translation, ways to enhance your experience, photo opportunities, an appreciation guidebook (Japanese and English), and lunch.
※Charge:Each performance 1,500Yen

● Sunday, October 18th 10:00~13:00
Hirukawa Kabuki Performance
Ebisu-za (2198-1, Hirukawa, Nakatsugawa-city)
●Sunday, December 13th 10:00~13:00
Tono Kabuki Festival, Higashimino Fureai center Kabuki hall(1683-797, Nasubigawa, Nakatsugawa-city)
●Sunday, March 6th 10:00~13:00
Tono Kabuki Nakatsugawa Preservation Society Festival 
Higashimino Fureai center Kabuki hall(1683-797, Nasubigawa, Nakatsugawa-city)
●Sunday, March 27th 10:00~13:00
Tokiwa-za Kabuki Performance
Tokiwa-za(1026-1, Takayama, Nakatsugawa-city)
・Maximum number of people in a single tour:Each performance 15 people
・Information・ Contact:Gifu Jikabuki Tourism Information
Please apply via phone or website.
・TEL 0584-71-6133

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2. Let’s take part in Special performance to easily enjoy!

A special package with English translation that lasts approximately one hour, to include a mini lecture, a Jikabuki performance, and a photo session.


●Sunday, October 11th 11:00〜、13:00〜
●Saturday, October 17th 19:00〜
●Saturday, November 7th 19:00〜
●Sunday, November 8th 19:00〜
●Saturday, November 21st 19:00〜
●Monday, November 23rd 11:00〜、13:00〜
●Saturday, November 28th 19:00〜
●Saturday, March 26th 19:00〜
・Venue:Magome Shukaijo (Next to the Information office)(4300-1, Magome, Nakatsugawa-city) ・Access:From JR Nakatsugawa Sta.-[Kitaena Kotsu Bus(Magome-line)]-“Magome” Bus Stop
From Chuo Expressway Nakatsugawa I.C.-30min.

Theater art containing the essence of Japanese culture

The colorful patterned kimonos and wigs, shamisen music and singing, skillfully designed and crafted stage sets made entirely of wood, and paper and cloth are all essential parts of Japanese culture still preserved in Kabuki art. Playhouses are well preserved, much like the originals.

Original make-up and clothing

Colorful, flashy costumes are also an important element of Kabuki entertainment! Like kumadori costumes, they represent specific attributes of the characters being portrayed.

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