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Digest Handsome Heroes of Kabuki

Handsome Heroes of Kabuki

Explore the different types of romantic hero who appear in kabuki. From sweet, comic charmers to brooding bad boys, actor Kataoka Ainosuke explains these heroic archetypes.

Jun. 6, Wed.
4:30 / 8:30 / 16:30 / 22:30 (UTC)
Jun. 27, Wed.
4:30 / 8:30 / 16:30 / 22:30 (UTC)
6/6 (水)
13:30 / 17:30 / 翌1:30 / 翌7:30 (JST / 日本時間)
6/27 (水)
13:30 / 17:30 / 翌1:30 / 翌7:30 (JST / 日本時間)
NHK WORLD TV Live

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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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    Jun. 13, 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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    Jun. 20, Wed.
    4:30 / 8:30 / 16:30 / 22:30 (UTC)
  • Digest Kabuki Conventions

    Kabuki Conventions

    Explore the fascinating conventions and traditions of kabuki. Actor Kataoka Ainosuke explains the origins and meanings of kabuki's unique make-up, its onnagata techniques, and stage machinery.

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    Digest of a Previous Program

    May 2, 2018
  • Digest Enjoying Kabuki with Kataoka Ainosuke

    Enjoying Kabuki with Kataoka Ainosuke

    This time Kataoka Ainosuke takes his first turn as our host. Ainosuke is a renowned kabuki actor. He'll be our guide to the attractions of kabuki looking at some of the roles he's played.

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    Digest of a Previous Program

    Apr. 4 2018

Let's visit 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.

If you want to go to a performance of kabuki or learn something that will make kabuki more interesting, watch these videos.

  • A Visit to the Kabukiza

    A Visit to the Kabukiza

  • 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

  • Riding a Palanquin

    Riding a Palanquin

  • A Kabuki Kool Thief

    A Kabuki Kool Thieff

  • 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

  • Kabuki Kool's Kagami Jishi

    Kabuki Kool'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

  • Opening a Fan

    Opening a Fan

  • A Tachimawari Fight

    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

Kataoka Ainosuke VI - 片岡 愛之助

Kabuki actor

Kataoka Ainosuke VI 片岡 愛之助

Born in Osaka, he took the name of Kataoka Ainosuke VI in 1992. He appears in a wide variety of kabuki roles, especially in Kamigata kabuki associated with the Kataoka family as well as in new plays for kabuki. He also appears on television in many different types of programs including starring roles in popular NHK dramas.

Sarah Àlainn サラ・オレイン

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia

Sarah Álainn サラ・オレイン

Born in Sydney, Australia, she is a vocalist and violinist. After graduating from the University of Sydney, she studied at Tokyo University. In 2012, she released her first album, "Celeste." Her music has also been used in popular television dramas.

Hosts for the 2016 – 2017 Seasons

Nakamura Kazutaro I

Kabuki actor

Nakamura Kazutaro I 中村 壱太郎

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 春香 クリスティーン

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!