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Kabuki is spectacular and you don’t have to know anything to enjoy it. But a little bit of information about a few of the terms and the plays makes it even better.
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Renjishi / 連獅子
—Renjishi to Celebrate a Voyage's Beginning—

Please see Key Kabuki Words - Plays mentioned in the program page of "Nakamura Kazutaro: The Rising Star of Onnagata"

Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan / 東海道四谷怪談
—The Ghosts of Yotsuya—
The handsome samurai Iemon is both attractive and a villain. His wife Oiwa is given a disfiguring poison to get Iemon to discard her and marry the daughter of a wealthy doctor. In the end, Oiwa becomes a vengeful ghost.

Please see Key Kabuki Words - Plays mentioned in the program page of "Charming Villains"

Kotobuki Soga no Taimen / 寿曽我対面
—The Meeting of the Soga Brothers and their Enemy—
The historical vendetta of the Soga brothers is a popular theme. More a spectacle of the basic role types of kabuki than drama, this scene shows the brothers confronting their enemy. For example, the older brother Juro is in the gentle wagoto style and the younger brother Goro is in the bombastic aragoto style.
Sanmon Gosan no Kiri / 楼門五三桐
—The Thief Ishikawa Goemon—
The full-length play is about the exploits of the larger-than-life thief Ishikawa Goemon, but often just the short scene of him on the temple gate looking down on Kyoto appears.
Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura / 義経千本桜
—Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees: The Magical Fox Tadanobu—
In the Tadanobu scenes of this long epic, a magical fox takes the form of Yoshitsune’s retainer Tadanobu.

Also see the explanation of plays for the "Kabuki Kool Special: Kabuki Dance Evolution" program and the "Four Seasons of Kabuki."

Fuji Musume / 藤娘
—The Wisteria Maiden—
A gracious dance with the spirit of the wisteria blossoms in the form of a beautiful woman.
Kanjincho / 勧進帳
—The Subscription List—

Please see Key Kabuki Words - Plays mentioned in the program page of "Discover Kabuki based on Noh and Kyogen"

Kanadehon Chushingura / 仮名手本忠臣蔵
—The Treasury of 47 Loyal Retainers—

Please see Key Kabuki Words - Plays mentioned in the program page of "Chushingura: The Treasury of Loyal Retainers"