Thursday, October 22, 2009
The Kabuki-za Theater in Ginza, Tokyo, is Japan foremost Kabuki theater and one of Tokyo most beautiful landmarks.
The theater opened in 1898 was destroyed in a fire on 1921, restored on 1923, and heavily damaged by the War raids, it was rebuilt a third time in 1951 to the current structure, an stunning white building now considered a tangible cultural property by the government. The company owning the building has deciding on closing and rebuilding this building in 2010, to construct an office and theatre complex on the current site (the government classification allows for remodeling and dismantling).
Kabuki is a Japanese traditional form of dance and theatre performed by an all male cast. Programs are divided in several shows divided in matinee and evening show, from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. The whole day extravaganza may be too much for the un-initiated, there is a single show ticket.
The theater is offering a farewell performance until April next year, where you can appreciate the art in this beautiful building before is destroyed next year.