Thursday, April 29, 2010
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.
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.
Kabukiza evoked atmosphere of Edo period (Article from Asahi Shinbun)
Kabuki-za official website