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Yesterday, I went to see the new Kabuki play for November at the famous Hakataza Theater.
They are currently showing “Arashi no yoru ni” (On a stormy night), which was originally a picture book and was turned into a Kabuki play in 2015. Since the play was well received in Tokyo as well as Kyoto, it has finally come to Fukuoka.
The famous actors Shido Nakamura and Matsuya Onoue feature in the Hakataza version of the play.
It is a metaphorical story revolving around the unlikely friendship between a wolf called Gabu and a goat called Mei who meet on a stormy night as they both seek shelter in a dark hut. Striking up a conversation, the two who can’t see and smell each other find a lot of common interests and evolve empathy for each other as they learn that they both lost a parent.
This would be a plainly happy story if it wasn’t for their surroundings which they must hide their friendship from. The plot turns even more sinister as it is revealed to the leader of the wolf pack, Giro, that he could grow his ear, which was bitten off by a goat, back with the power of three livers of goats who were born on the same day (of which one is Mei).
A desperate fight evolves from this conflict of interest, putting the unusual friendship between goat and wolf to cruel tests.
As this is not originally a Kabuki play, the language used is more modern and the overall theme is more understandable than most Kabuki plays. Since the actors are sometimes stepping into viewer ranks to take the whole theater as their stage, it feels very dynamic and gives the viewers the opportunity to observe the beautiful costumes up close. Nonetheless, the costumes, makeup, dance, and staging are of Kabuki essence.
It is a perfect play for those who want to experience a Kabuki play but are afraid about being able to follow the content due to antiquated language or being confused about distinct Japanese themes that are hard to understand as foreigners.
With their YOKOSO JAPAN TICKET, the Hakataza Theater regularly offers a special price for foreign citizens and tourists to get to know and enjoy the art of Kabuki. You will receive a detailed explanation of the play when buying the ticket, so you can easily follow the story line.
I am glad that I took this offer to experience such a special play.
ON A STORMY NIGHT
3rd November – 27th November
Matinee 11:30~ / Evening 16:30
1JPY ≒ 130.77EUR