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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.

Jan. 3, Wed.
4:30 / 8:30 / 16:30 / 22:30 (UTC)
Jan. 31, Wed.
4:30 / 8:30 / 16:30 / 22:30 (UTC)
Plays Featured in the Program

Re-Broadcast

  • ※Due to broadcasts of Sumo, the KABUKI KOOL broadcasts originally scheduled for Jan. 17 and Jan. 24 have been cancelled.

    Please check this site for the new broadcast schedule and thank you for watching KABUKI KOOL.

  • Digest Women in Love

    Women in Love

    This time on KABUKI KOOL, discover the stories of this traditional performing art which are all about women in love. Doomed romances, love triangles, and death stalk the stage in the latest episode.

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    Jan. 10, Wed.
    4:30 / 8:30 / 16:30 / 22:30 (UTC)
  • Digest A Visit to the Kabukiza

    A Visit to the Kabukiza

    Kabukiza is the only theater dedicated to showing kabuki all year round. Explore unique stage machinery based on centuries-old ideas, the backstage, roof garden, and shop.

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    Digest of a Previous Program

    Oct. 4, 2017
  • Digest Kabuki Stage Sets

    Kabuki Stage Sets

    Kabuki actor Nakamura Kazutaro explores the unique nature of kabuki stage sets, stage machinery, how these items are made, and the work done by stagehands during performances.

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    Digest of a Previous Program

    Nov. 1, 2017

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

  • 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!