Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sayonara Kabuki-za


Last weekend we decided to stop by Ginza to have a last look at the famous Kabuki-za Theatre, which first opened on this spot in 1889. The original theatre burnt down in 1921 and was rebuilt, and then later restored in 1950 as well after being damaged by air raids during WWII. However, there are concerns about the earthquake-safety of the current Kabuki-za, so it is closing at the end of April, and will be torn down.

Kabuki-za Kabuki-za

A new theatre and office building will be constructed on the same location. They plan to incorporate some of the same external features but it won't be the same. Unfortunately I never did get a chance to watch a kabuki performance there, but it was a landmark that will be missed.

Kabuki-za at night

Kabukiza evoked atmosphere of Edo period (Article from Asahi Shinbun)
Kabuki-za official website


  1. I was lucky enough to see a performance here about a year anf a half ago. It was unbelievable.

    If I had known, I would have gone severla times, but I didn't give it a try until the end of my stay in Tokyo.

  2. My wife and I went here on our one and only visit to Tokyo. It's a lovely building, but I'm afraid to say that we didn't stick it out for the whole performance... 45 minutes was enough for us ;)

  3. Oh that's so sad to hear! I was just there a couple of weeks ago! I'm so glad I got to see it before they tear it down. I hope they'll build something that at least looks similar in the place.


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