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Digest Osome's Seven Roles

Osome's Seven Roles

"Osome's Seven Roles" is a tour de force where seven parts, male and female, young and old are played by a single onnagata actor. Our guest Nakamura Kazutaro will tell us all about it

Feb. 5
4:30 / 8:30 / 16:30 / 22:30 (UTC)
Feb. 26
4:30 / 8:30 / 16:30 / 22:30 (UTC)
2/5 (水)
13:30 / 17:30 / 翌1:30 / 翌7:30 (JST / 日本時間)
2/26 (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 The Peerless Chikamatsu Monzaemon

    The Peerless Chikamatsu Monzaemon

    The universal plays of Chikamatsu Monzaemon were written 300 years ago yet are still used in movies and TV today. Kabuki actor Nakamura Kazutaro explores his genius.

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    Feb. 12, Wed.
    4:30 / 8:30 / 16:30 / 22:30 (UTC)
  • Digest The Battles of Coxinga

    The Battles of Coxinga

    Actor Kataoka Ainosuke explores "The Battles of Coxinga" by Chikamatsu Monzemon. It's an epic tale with a Sino-Japanese hero taking up arms in China for the family his father once served.

    more
    Feb. 25, Wed.
    4:30 / 8:30 / 16:30 / 22:30 (UTC)
  • Digest Onnagata Romance

    Onnagata Romance

    Love for family and romance are central themes in the story of many female characters in kabuki. Studio guest and onnagata actor Nakamura Kazutaro reveals techniques he uses on stage.

    more

    Digest of a Previous Program

    Jan. 8
  • Digest Kabuki Costumes

    Kabuki Costumes

    Pattern, color, design, and tradition all play a role in creating kabuki characters. Expert Takahiro Ebisawa joins actor Kataoka Ainosuke to explore the fascinating world of costuming.

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    Digest of a Previous Program

    Nov. 6

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 Àlainn 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!