After Passport Control
Kabuki Gate is a Kabuki experience gallery and shop designed to introduce the traditional performing art of Kabuki!
Enjoy an exhibit of specially produced life-sized mannequins adorned in Kabuki costumes and wigs, and Kumadori (Kabuki makeup) face app, and a shop selling original goods and select products associated with Kabuki.
An authentic display committed to realism supervised by Shochiku Co., Ltd.
【Program】The Kagamijishi 【Character Name】Shishi no Sei
The Mirror Lion is a representative Kabuki dance piece. At New Year's in Edo Castle, a shy servant by the name of Yayoi is performing a lovely dance. As she dances with a lion mask in her hand, she becomes possessed by the spirit of a lion. Later, the Lion Spirit appears, displaying his dynamic dance- keburi, the shaking of the mane. The lion is a sacred beast and servant of the deity Manjusri. As the lion is said to reside in sacred grounds with blooming tree peonies, the pattern of blooming peonies is adopted in the design of okuchi-bakama (wide-legged hakama).
【Program】Sukeroku Yukari no Edozakura 【Character name】Miuraya Agemaki
Agemaki, an Onnagata role, plays Sukeroku’s Lover in Sukeroku Yukari no Edozakura. Known as one of the important Kabuki Onnagata, Agemaki wears patterns of Japanese seasonal festivals. Her Uchikake (overcoat) carries the New Year design, while the carp on her Obi represents May festivals. Her hair is ornamented and its style is that of a courtesan’s.
【Program】Kichirei Kotobuki Soga 【Character name】Kobayashi Asahina
Collectively known as Sogamono, all works detail the vendetta of the Soga Brothers, Juro and Goro. During the Edo period, it was customary to perform a Sogamono such as Kichirei Kotobuki Soga during New Year’s celebrations. Asahina takes on a role as dokekata(a clown); wearing Kumadori stage make up called Saruguma (meant to evoke a humorous role) along with a sickle shaped moustache. On his torso, he wears a prominent crane pattern. The crane is a common motif for Asahina and is often used in his costumes in other works as well.