Mar. 2Hands-on Kabuki: Props and Sets
This time on KABUKI KOOL, we leave the studio to explore the sets and stagecraft of kabuki plays. Discover two new animals, and explore their history and effects.
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Jan. 6Hands-on Kabuki: Animals and Vehicles
This time on KABUKI KOOL, we leave the studio to explore the animals and transport systems used in kabuki plays. Discover how these amazing props and their sound effects add to the atmosphere on stage.
Digest Hands-on Kabuki: Animals and Vehicles
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Dec. 2The Laughter of Kamigata Kabuki
This time on KABUKI KOOL, explore the laughter of Kamigata Kabuki. Discover how performing monkeys can add pathos to a touching scene, and the comic twists and turns taken by a lovesick hairdresser.
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Nov. 4Women 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.
Digest Hands-on Kabuki: Animals and Vehicles
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Oct. 7Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy
This time, a special feature on Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy! A huge hit with the public in the Edo period, its story and stagecraft still enthrall people today.
Digest Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy
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Sep. 2Women of the Pleasure Quarters
Many kabuki plays star beautiful courtesans – this time we feature the women of the pleasure quarters. Discover the glamorous allure which entangles both men and women.
Digest Women of the Pleasure Quarters
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Jul. 1Playing Different Onnagata Roles
How does a man play a woman's role? See the process of this metamorphosis, beginning with makeup, along with highlights of plays that portray women of all kinds of social stations and ages.
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Jun. 3Onnagata Costumes
The magnificent costumes of kabuki's female roles add flair to the stage. And their colors and designs can even represent the character's social status or her inner feelings.
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Apr. 1Nakamura Kazutaro: The Rising Star of Onnagata
Meet Nakamura Kazutaro -- our new host and the rising star of kabuki. Born into a famous kabuki family, watch how he became a kabuki actor himself, along with some beautiful performances.
Gion Sairei Shinkoki – Kinkakuji
Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura
—Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees: The Magical Fox Tadanobu—
義経千本桜
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