theater

Visit Yachiyoza Theatre in Kumamoto for a Traditional Japanese Theatre Experience

Are you a theatre enthusiast who loves to see plays and performances of all sorts? If so, consider paying a visit to Yachiyoza in Yamaga (Kumamoto Prefecture). This theatre has a long history and will enable you to glimpse into the past as well as catch some up-to-date performances by top modern artists. History Author’s…

A Quick Introduction to Understanding the Riddles of Kabuki

Kabuki is one of the famous well-known aspects of Japanese culture, yet for many non-Japanese, Kabuki remains a mystery. The exaggerated movements and oddly done make-up are more baffling than the archaic Japanese that the actors are using. Now, some Kabuki theaters offer English translations for its foreign fans, but the language is only half…

The Charm of Noh: Japan’s Oldest Traditional Performing Art

In Japan, there are various types of traditional performing arts which you may have read about or come across during your trips there. Have you ever wanted to know more about the traditional performing arts of Japan? Read on to find out more about Noh and discover its charm for yourself during your next trip…

Enjoy a Dynamic Noh Performance at the National Noh Theater in Tokyo

As a country with a rich cultural history, Japan is widely known for its beautiful theatrical arts. One of the most famous forms of theater in Japan is known as “Noh”. The stories used in Noh are derived from traditional literature, and masks, costumes, and various props are used to bring these stories to life.…

Must See: One Piece Kabuki in Japanese Theatres!

In Japan, you will probably quickly notice that the past and the present exist in harmony. In one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, you can still find ancient wooden shrines in the strangest of places. With such a rich history and popular current shows it has finally happened, the past and…

Gekidan Shiki Lion King Show celebrates 10,000th performance!

From its first show in 1998, 16 years, seven months and 10 million guests later, the Gekidan Shiki rendition of the Disney classic Lion King number of performances has reached 10000 on July 15th. This is a feat never achieved by any other theatre production here in Japan. Lion King has been shown at five…

Eigamura The Japanese Hollywood

Attractions Located at Azumasa area of Kyoto, Eigamura the Japanese world for eiga (=movie), and mura (=village), was described by Karla Cripps, a CNN writer, as The Hollywood of Japan. The place has many other names among Japanese, such as Toei Uzumasa Eigamura (東映太秦映画村, or Kyoto Studio Park or simply the Movie Land. It was…

Takigi Noh, The Graceful Ancient Musical Theatre

Firelight Noh Firelight Noh (in Kufukuji called Takigi O-Noh, in which “O” is honorific prefix) is a Japanese ancient musical theater. Its plays are performed outdoors illuminated by the light of bonfires in the night sky. It originated from Kofukuji temple, Nara, Japan, first staged in 869, the temple is now World Heritage Site, and…