minamiza_01【Photo by Yuri Suzuki】

The oldest theater in Japan built in the birthplace of Kabuki

Kabuki started about 400 years ago and the drama-dance art form continues today.
Built in the birthplace of Kabuki, the present-day Minamiza Theater was built in 1929 and restored in 1991. In 1996 the theater was registered as a Japanese Tangible Cultural Property
which is a Japanese law that protects cultural properties. The building represents very traditional Japanese architecture and is quite a site to see!
Kabuki consists of over 700 repertoires, all performers are men, and the costume, accessories, and makeup differentiate each character. Every so often audience members will interact the performers by shouting incoherently in order to add to the overall artistic effect.

Minamiza is found in Kyoto’s Gion area, which is very famous for older Japanese culture and traditions. From time to time Maiko and Geiko can be seen publicly.

We recommend that your visit the Gion area for the ultimate experience in traditional Japanese culture.

【writer Aquico】

minamiza_02【Photo by Yuri Suzuki】

minamiza_04【Photo by Yuri Suzuki】

minamiza_03【Photo by Yuri Suzuki】


East side, Shijō-ōhashi-bridge, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City,Kyoto fref.

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