Kabuki, a traditional Japanese theatrical art, is performed at such big theaters as Kabukiza in Ginza, Tokyo, and Shijo Minamiza in Kyoto. Besides, there are several local theaters where you can enjoy a local Kabuki. Korakukan in Kosaka, Akita, is one. Performances at Korakuen are presented by a travelling theater troupe, which will bring you sense of closer and more friendly feelings than those at big theaters in Ginza or Kyoto.
The theater architecture has been designated as a national important cultural asset. They offer a short tour inside the theater, which is very interesting. For one, they invite you to spaces under the performing stage so that you can see how they operate a rotating stage behind the scenes.
by Jin Shibata
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