Introduce the history and ways for watching “Kabuki.”

Kabuki is Japanese traditional theatre form in prevalent for “dance of kabukiodori” in the 1600s. “Kabukiodori” means resplendent, noticeable, and elaborately designed costumes. Based on the reason, “Kabuki” today has gorgeous costumes, colourful lines of makeup, and the grand poses characteristics.
Plots are usually based on samurai warrior background, as well as the stories and individual matters happened during past period, and urban societies. The act contains highly-styliszed movements and acting script which is difficult even for Japanese audience to fully understand. English Earphone Guide is available from 1975 (also provides English version), the service provides information during the proformance. The audience are able to use the earphone for explanation of stories, roles of play, costume, and special acting skills in order to provide a better experience.
Hanamich is the term of footbridge which leads through the audience in the theatre, allowing for a dramatic enter or exit. In the centre of the stage has installed revolve platform, as well as a trapdoors called “seli.” The purpose for revolve platform is to set up another scene background in advance, so the scene can be changed immediately. Besides, the trapdoor “seli” uses for prompt changing of scene or either appearance and disappearance of actors.
Kabuki usually plays every month in Tokyo's Kabukiza Theatre, also hold the performances across Japan. Basically twice a day (sometimes run 3 times a day depends on situation), and several segments in day's performance. The first segment from 11:00 until approximately 16:00. The second segment starts at 16:30 until around 21:00. Typically the cost is between 4,000 and 20,000 yen for an entire show. A single act cost around 2,000 yen which is cheaper, but sells in the performance day only. Therefore we would recommended individual segment show for people who visit Kabuki for the first time.
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