July 22(Wed.)2015-September 13(Sun.)2015

Closed on Mon.

(However, Aug.11 & 21 opens until 19:00)

The basement 2 gallery in Tokyo University  of  the Art  TOKYO GEIJUTU DAIGAKU ART MUSEUM

The painting of a Japanese ghost is named "Yurei-ga".
This exhibitions' main paintings from Sanyutei Encho's Yurei-ga collection. Encho is the most famous professional storyteller in Japan which was born in the Edo era, especially Japanese ghost story field. In this exhibition you can enjoy various kinds of Japanese ghosts on a very famous Ukiyow and a great master's Japanese painting.

Anyway in Japan, there is the traditional culture in summer which is people enjoy ghost story. It has been said that people become feeling a cold by it.
When Encho was still in alive and well, people enjoyed his ghost storytelling and Kabuki performance based his ghost story. 
The Kabuki titled "Botan dourou" has been one of the most famous Kabuki performance ever now. I've gone to see the play a few times. Also I saw the movie "Botan dourou" on TV many times. I was not so scared in the fact, I felt it's a sad story. Some Ukiyoe of Kabuki "Botan dourou" are on display at the gallery. 

On heat day in Tokyo's summer, why don't you enjoy "Yurei-ga"?  
I think Yureiga is absolutely not scarier than the movie "Ring" and "Juon", don't worry! (Sae)

★Location:12-8Ueno-koen,Taito-ku,Tokyo (10min.walk from JR line Ueno Sta. Exit To Ueno-Park /Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line Nezu Sta. Exit1)
Entrance fee:Adult 1100JPY/ High school student & Collage student 700JPY
About the group reduction, and the discount thicket for a pair:

One of the world famous Ukiyoe artist in the Edo period, Hokusai, his many arts come from Boston to Japan.
Special exhibition titled "HOKUSAI from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston" has opened in succession in Nagoya, Kobe, and Kitakyushu since last December.
And at last it will open on 13th in September in Tokyo!!
I can't wait for it! 
Anyway before you visit at this exhibition, you enjoy 3D animation of Hokusai world! It has started in August 19.
Click▽on the picture of sea in the black frame at top of official web site.   http://ukiyoe.exhn.jp
★An English guide about this exhibition: http://ukiyoe.exhn.jp/en/index.html

"HOKUSAI from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston" 
September 13, - November 9, 2014 at The Ueno Royal Museum

Location:1-2 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
(3min walk from JR line Ueno Sta. Exit Ueno Koen, 5min walk form Tokyo metro Ueno Sta. and Keisei line Ueno Sta.)

Open: 10:00-17:00 (10:00-20:00 on Friday) /admission until 30 minutes before closing time
Closed on 9/16(Tue), 9/29(Mon), 10/6(Mon), 10/14(Tue), 10/20(Mon), 10/27(Mon)

Admission: Adults 1500(1300/1200)yen, High school/university student 1,200(1000/900)yen,
Junior high school/elementary school student 500(400/300)yen 
* Figures in ( ) are discount rates for advance purchase tickets / group (20 people and more)

A Kabuki world's Ukiyo-e exhibition at Traditional Performing Arts Center

"Nishiki-e ni miru Edo kara Meiji no Shibai-goya no Nigiwai" / Form 8th in February to 26th in May (Holiday on 11th in March only)

"Nishiki-e", it means Ukiyo-e which is Japanese traditional woodblock printed. And "Shibai-goya" means theatre by a little old Japanese language.
Now you can watch 50 Ukiyo-e about Kabuki world, which printed from the Edo period to the Meiji period. The theme are some kind of Kabuki, for example, Kabuki stage and audiences, in dressing room, the front of Kabuki theatre, and more.
These 50 Ukiyoe are a part of The National Theatre's collection.

This Traditional Performing Arts Center is nice place for Kabuki lover. Because there are many date about Kabuki. You can watch them, almost all is free charge.
Documentary film show about Kabuki is opens 10:30 on 2nd Friday every months is too. No need reservation, the first 120 arrivals are accepted. I've watched old Kabuki performance's black and white film before. On another time I watched old film of Japanese comic storytelling "Rakugo" performance about Kabuki. 
Anyway enjoy this exhibition! 

Location:4-1 Hayabusa-cho, Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo (5min.walk from Tokyo Metro Hanzomon line Hanzomon Sta. Exit 1)
Open:10:00-18:00 (3rd Wed. 10:00-20:00)

About access, see the address following:



Before I become Kabuki lover, I thought Kabuki was difficult and bore for me. I couldn't imagine that I was sitting at the seat of the Kabuki theatre. Also I couldn't understand why the audiences enjoyed Kabuki. 
But now I have been crazy about Kabuki world especially Nanboku's Kabuki, he is a very famous Kabuki playwright in the Edo period.

He is my best Kabuki playwright, I've loved his plays of the main characters are the lower classes in the Edo period. Because they sometims live the darker side of human life, they have vitality and wonderfully charms. The unique stories maybe make you surprised, moreover the scenes are used every device.
While one full Nanboku Kabuki, I am absorbed in watching. I am moved, surprised, laugh and chuckle. However Nanboku's world has many factors, it is very enjoyable directly.

Anyway, my old friend Coco who lives in Las Vegas has visited in her home town in Chiba from 5th day in Feb. She went to see Kabuki for the first time the other day, she is very lucky to watch Nanboku's. She enjoyed Kabuki titled "Kokoro-no-Nazo Toketa Iro-ito" very much, however watched from halfway. She bought MAKUMI-ticket the price was 2000Jpy only. MAKUMI means single play. (In the detail see the following)
Coco told me she couldn't catch words a while, and she confused character's names, but no problem! I've not been surprised to hear that, because of Nanboku, this is Nanboku!                                                   (SAE)

★"Kokoro-no-Nazo Toketa Iro-ito" Feb.1-25/11:00-15:07

★"Earphone-Guide" service available
It provides translation of dialogue, lyrics, the explanations relating to the stories, and more!
Full program:700Jpy/Single play:500Jpy
Refundable deposit:1000Jpy

★Ticket: 4000Jpy-20000Jpy 
Reservation: http://www1.ticket-web-shochiku.com/en/

★MAKUMI is to see just one play at the Kabukiza Theatre.
If you want to continue to see, you buy next one's ticket at the theatre. No reservation.
MAKUMI fee and the hour on sale  
11:00-12:03/1000jpy (about10:30)
12:38-13:29/1000Jpy (about11:15)
13:49-14:20 & 14:35-15:07/2000Jpy (about12:50)

★The Kabukiza Theatre
Location:4-12-15Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

 January 3rd-27th 2014 at National Theater
 12:00-16:00(January17th &24th 16:00-20:00)

Enjoy New Year Kabuki performance is my annual event. I'm very happy to feel the atmosphere of "Japanese New Year" and the Edo period both.
This month's performance is named "Sanzenryo Haru No Komahiki", its original first performed in January 1794. One part of them "Uma-kiri" has performed many times after that, but the full-length is performed after 150 years with revised playbook making use of interesting ideas.

Don't worry about the language! Translation and explanation in English service available, the earphone receiver rent costs 650JPY only! (Refundable deposit is 1000JPY)  If you visit there, you are surprised many people use earphone receivers. They Japanese hear the explanations about dialogue, stories, actors, music and others.

Anyway do you think Kabuki ticket is expensive? About the National Theater, the admission is from 1500JPY to 12000JPY. (It is lower than Kabuki-Za Theater.)  I always buy the ticket of 1500JPY. In this time I bought 2500JPY's after a long time, I have been very enjoy because of closer from stage than usually! I bring hotdogs and a bottle of coffee what I made both in the morning, snacks and Japanese orange for long visiting.       (Sae)

☆Ticket center website: http://ticket.ntj.jac.go.jp/top_e.htm
☆Telephone reservation service: 0570-07-9900/03-3230-3000(10:00-18:00)
☆Box office: 10:00-18:00

Location: 4-1Hayabusa-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (5min walk from Tokyo Metro-Hanzomon-Line Hanzomon Sta. Exit1)

■ 通し狂言『三千両初春駒曵』(さんぜんりょうはるのこまひき)
 家光の甥・松平長七郎をモデルにした小田三七郎信孝の「馬切り」の場は、明治以降たびたび上演されるようになったそうですが、私はたぶん初めて。粋な菊五郎にピッタリの、なんとも楽しくワクワクの4幕目でした。通しとしては150 年ぶりの復活上演で、今観ておもしろいように大幅にアレンジしたということです。 監修尾上菊五郎。