New Program

Digest

The Star Dramatists of Kabuki History

Explore 400 years of kabuki history through plays of different eras. Actor Nakamura Kazutaro introduces famous writers from each period.

Apr. 5, Wed.
4:30 / 8:30 / 16:30 / 22:30 (UTC)
Apr. 26, Wed.
4:30 / 8:30 / 16:30 / 22:30 (UTC)
Plays Featured in the Program

Re-Broadcast

  • Digest Kabuki Costume Concepts

    Kabuki Costume Concepts

    Explore the dazzling world of kabuki costumes! An expert joins the studio to explain the intricate details of some of kabuki's most famous clothes. Join us for the first in a new season of KABUKI KOOL.

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    Apr. 12, Wed.
    4:30 / 8:30 / 16:30 / 22:30 (UTC)
  • Digest Discover Kabuki based on Noh and Kyogen

    Discover Kabuki based on Noh and Kyogen

    Explore three kabuki plays that are based on noh and kyogen originals. Nakamura Kazutaro guides us through the originals to see how and why kabuki changed, or kept, certain dramatic elements.

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    Apr. 19, Wed.
    4:30 / 8:30 / 16:30 / 22:30 (UTC)

Haruka visits the Kabuki world

If you want to go to a performance of kabuki or learn something that will make kabuki more interesting, watch these videos where Haruka Christine is our guide.

If you want to go to a performance of kabuki or learn something that will make kabuki more interesting, watch these videos where Haruka Christine is our guide.

  • How to see live performances of kabuki

    How to see live performances of kabuki

  • Single Act Viewing

    Single Act Viewing

  • Kobikicho Hiroba — A Kabuki Market

    Kobikicho Hiroba — A Kabuki Market

  • Kabuki Goes Abroad

    Kabuki Goes Abroad

  • Eating at the Kabuki Theater

    Eating at the Kabuki Theater

  • Quick and Easy Kabuki Costume Experience!

    Quick and Easy Kabuki Costume Experience!

  • Haruka Rides a Palanquin

    Haruka Rides a Palanquin

  • Shiranami Haruka, the Thief

    Shiranami Haruka, the Thief

  • Lavish Onnagata Costumes

    Lavish Onnagata Costumes

  • Painting Kabuki Sets

    Painting Kabuki Sets

  • Bold Costumes for Male Roles

    Bold Costumes for Male Roles

  • Tailored Tabi Socks for Kabuki Actors

    Tailored Tabi Socks for Kabuki Actors

  • Music of Kamigata: Jiuta

    Music of Kamigata: Jiuta

  • Haruka's Kagami Jishi

    Haruka's Kagami Jishi

  • Kabuki Music Gives Life to Miming Drinking

    Kabuki Music Gives Life to Miming Drinking

  • KABUKI KOOL in the Rain

    KABUKI KOOL in the Rain

  • Haruka Opens a Fan

    Haruka Opens a Fan

  • Haruka Stars in a Tachimawari Fight

    Haruka Stars in a Tachimawari Fight

  • Sengaku Temple: The Graves of the Ako Retainers

    Sengaku Temple: The Graves of the Ako Retainers

  • Time Slip into Edo Period Kabuki — Woodblock Prints

    Time Slip into Edo Period Kabuki — Woodblock Prints

  • Jokanji: The Graveyard of Courtesans

    Jokanji: The Graveyard of Courtesans

  • Finding the Real Oshichi

    Finding the Real Oshichi

Background information for the program

Hosts

Nakamura Kazutaro I

Kabuki actor

Nakamura Kazutaro I

Nakamura Kazutaro I (b. 1990) is the son of Nakamura Ganjiro IV and Japanese classical dancer Azuma Tokuho II. He is also the host of a traditional music / talk program on NHK radio.

Haruka Christine

Born and raised in Switzerland

Haruka Christine

I always wanted to see kabuki, but have never had the chance. So I am a beginner too! Let's go and explore the dazzling spectacle of kabuki together!