Watch Gifu Prefecture’s ‘Jikabuki’ Local Kabuki Theatre Plays On YouTube
07.December.2020 | MOVIE
As part of this year’s Gifu, Land of Clear Waters Ji-Kabuki All-Star Performance 2020, Gifu Prefecture has posted a special commentary video over on the official YouTube channel of Gifu Seiryu Bunka Plaza which combines footage from two local kabuki plays held this year.
The local kabuki of Gifu
Japan is home to 200 jikabuki, or ‘local kabuki,’ preservation organisations, 30 of which can be found in Gifu Prefecture. Gifu is one of the most active regions for jikabuki in the whole of Japan. The prefecture also has 9 historical shibai-goyas, or playhouses, some of which are over 100 years old.
Gifu, Land of Clear Waters Ji-Kabuki All-Star Performance 2020
Gifu Seiryu Bunka Plaza made the decision to postpone the 11 jikabuki performances that were scheduled to take place January to July 2020 this year. They are being rescheduled for 2021, so for now people can enjoy the content over on their official YouTube channel.
Buddhist-Life Themed Cafe Opens at Takayama Zenko-ji Temple in Gifu
15.August.2021 | SPOT
Takayama Hotel Zenko-ji isn’t your typical hotel: this Buddhist temple invites anyone, regardless of faith or nationality, to stay in one of its five rooms. The property has now opened the ‘Activity Cafe Zenko-ji,’ a place to rest and relax while learning more about various cultures and, of course, traditional Buddhism.
The well-ventilated and airy temple.
All drinks, including coffee and tea, are free of charge.
The Takayama Zenko-ji Lounge Area
Enjoy free Wi-Fi, ample power supplies, and clean restrooms.
Feel free to work remotely and have meetings in the main hall.
Being in a new space will open up your mind and expand your creativity.
The cafe was first opened for a limited time beginning in April 2021, inviting locals and tourists alike to come and find stress relief while praying for an end to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, given the location’s immediate popularity, it will now be open for good.
In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, an increasing number of people have lost their physical and mental balance. For both the locals and visiting tourists, the temple is meant to be a place where anyone can find a sense of calm and peace of mind. Deep in the city of Takayama, this is where people are meant to relax, feel energized, and regain who they used to be before this stress became the new normal.
Hiroshi Yamamoto, a Buddhist priest who works as the manager at Temple Hotel Zenko-ji, is the founder of the Activity Cafe. Hoping to help bring back the bustling tourist atmosphere of Takayama, he intends the space to be a meeting ground for locals and visitors from around the world to interact naturally.
After graduating from an American university and working as an English teacher, Yamamoto became ordained as a Buddhist monk. Now a certified meditation instructor, he specializes in teaching meditation and Buddhist programs in English.
Those utilizing the cafe can experience asceticism by walking through a dark tunnel to help find their inner peace, and can also try their hand at sutra-writing!
How would you like to spend some time at the Activity Cafe in Takayama?
Activity Cafe Takayama Zenko-ji
Address: 4-3 Tenma-cho, Takayama, Gifu
Reservations not needed
Official Site: https://oterastay.com/zenkoji/cafe/
GALLERY COLLAGE: Stay at the New Contemporary Art Gallery in Gifu
GALLERY COLLAGE is the name of the new contemporary art gallery that recently opened at NIPPONIA Mino Shokamachi, an accommodation housed in a remodelled townhouse that’s situated in a place famous for its mino variant of Japanese washi paper.
1. Raising local value with contemporary art
The world of local culture, such as local business and customs, has been abandoned in favour of rapid economic growth and globalisation. But those halcyon days and their background, which are rooted in their respective local history, culture, and nature, have once again come to be of huge importance to many people. It’s in these times that things like the sounds of insects in the evening that are local to the area should serve as the direction that people move forward in. The artwork showcased at GALLERY COLLAGE will depict scenes familiar to locals to show them in a new light. In doing so, NIPPONIA Mino Shokamachi hopes that connecting contemporary art with washi paper will promote and raise the value of the local traditional industry.
2. Season Lao’s “Mino – blank-leaving” exhibition on show
Contemporary artist and photographer Season Lao is currently holding his Mino – blank-leaving exhibition at the site. He has used his unique approach to utilise mino paper, a type of Japanese washi paper with a history spanning 1,300 years and is also registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Property. An online talk will take place on May 22 hosted by participants of Lao’s photography workshop that was held for the event’s opening. It focuses on photos taken by locals, including pictures from their high school days.
3. Season Lao’s Accommodation Plan
With support from NIPPONIA Mino Shokamachi, the Season Lao Accommodation Plan will see guest rooms decorated in numerous artworks by the artist, and guests will be given a tour of the mino paper factory amongst other exciting things.
Location: NIPPONIA Mino Shokamachi
Address: 1912-1 Motozumichō, Mino, Gifu 501-3728, Japan
Facilities: GALLERY COLLAGE / Washi-nary
Season Lao Accommodation Plan Bookings: https://www6.489pro.com/asp/489/Ex.asp?p=Ax9TBvFz41
Season Lao: http://www.season-lao.com/art-photo/?p=2766
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Collaborates With Kyoto’s Famous Kabuki Theatre Minami-za
Minami-za, one of the most respected kabuki theatres in Japan, has announced a special exhibition in collaboration with the TV anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba which will run from November 6 to 23.
Minami-za is the oldest theatre in Japan and is registered as a Tangible Cultural Property of Japan. The Demon Slayer exhibition will feature displays, decorations, and a range of exclusive merchandise.
Fans will find a range of character boards displayed at the entrance lobby to Minami-za with the characters donning traditional kabuki attire.
Special Stage Photo Spots
Cut-outs of the main cast of characters will be displayed on stage. People will be able to stand up on stage and take photos with the characters in this unique collaboration with kabuki.
An original signboard will be displayed at the entrance to Minami-za.
Free Bonus Items
All customers who visit the theatre will receive one of these 18 possible coasters for free.
Those who hold a ticket to the event will be able to purchase a selection of original merchandise at the theatre. The items will also be sold online at Shochiku Kabuki-ya Honpo.
Teabags (4 Flavours) | ¥800 (Tax Included)
Special teabags will also be sold at the Tokyo and Kobikicho Square branches of Shochiku Kabuki-ya Honpo as well as their online website between October 21 and 23.
Tickets to the event are available via Lawson in Japan.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba x Minami-za
Location: Minami-za (Hashihigashizumecho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto)
Running: November 6, 2020 – November 23, 2020 (Closed November 9 and 16)
[Tue-Thur] 15:00-20:00 (Last Entries 19:00)
Watch Legendary Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Ebizo XI Perform at Tomioka Silk Mill Online
10.October.2020 | SPOT
Japanese kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo XI, the eleventh holder of the famous Ebizo name, is set to perform at Tomioka Silk Mill, one of Japan’s World Heritage Sites, and it will be streamed online.
Tomioka Silk Mill is the oldest modern silk reeling factory in Japan. Ichikawa Ebizo XI will perform two kabuki plays there: the long-celebrated Kotobuki Shiki Sanbaso and Ebizo’s famous piece Otokodate Hana no Yoshiwara.
This is a special one-night-only opportunity to see a legendary perform at such historical location.
Kabuki Cat Mascot Claws Its Way into koe donuts kyoto Collaboration Set
From old shrines and temples to cuisine, Kyoto enjoys a rich arts and culture scene. The former capital is also famed for preserving Japan’s traditional stage drama known as Kabuki. Every year, Minamiza Theatre located on Shijō Street in Kyoto holds a grand Kabuki performance called THE FESTIVE KAOMISE PRODUCTION to commemorate its debut. This year, the performance will run from November 30 – December 26.
To celebrate, koe donuts kyoto will be selling collaboration doughnuts themed around the official Kabuki character “Kabuki Nyantaro” during the same period.
Kabuki Nyantaro’s adorable face decorates some of the doughnuts and can even be seen on the packaging too. This set is exclusive to koe donuts Kyoto.
Enjoy a traditional Kabuki performance with some delicious Kabuki Nyantaro doughnuts to complete your Kyoto experience.
©2017, 2019 SANRIO/SHOCHIKU APPROVAL NO. G603142 著作（株）サンリオ
koe donuts kyoto × Kabuki Nyantaro Collaboration Doughnuts
Selling: November 30 – December 26, 2019
Selling Times: 10:00 – 21:40 (During performance intervals only)
Shop Location: Minamiza Theatre Floor 2, Shijō Street, Kyoto
Box of 6 Doughnuts: ¥1,800 (After Tax)
Information and updates will be posted on koe donuts’ official social media websites.
koe donuts Official Instagram: (＠koe_donuts) https://www.instagram.com/koe_donuts/
Try This Mino Traditional Culture and Tea Tasting Experience Hotel Plan in Gifu
The Mino region of Gifu is famous for its traditional pottery called Mino Ware, its Gifu lanterns, and much more. Recently, an empty building located in front of Minokamo station in Gifu prefecture was renovated by a company called IDENTITY, who transformed it into a community building called MINGLE. MINGLE is now home to the Japanese tea shop Minokamo Chapo. This tea shop proudly represents the culture of tea and pottery that still remains in the Mino region. In order to share this wonderful culture, they are now offering a new accommodation plan to provide guests with the chance to experience the world of Japanese tea and the rich culture of Mino.
You can also experience tasting and comparing different Japanese teas that are offered by Minokamo Chapo. During your stay, you will also encounter lots of Mino Ware, and be surrounded by a traditional Mino interior decorated with Mino washi paper.
1st floor: Café and Bar
You can order the Japanese tea tasting selection at the counter. This space is used as the Minokamo Chapo tea shop from 11 am to 4 pm on weekends and national holidays.
2nd floor: Rooms
The rooms are approximately 22m2. On top of this space, there is also a shower room and toilet in their own separate rooms.
3rd floor: Lounge
This is an area of free space for the guests. There are future plans to decorate this space with paintings and pottery according to the season.
The interior of the guest rooms are also packed with the wonders of the Mino region, so we are going to introduce you to a few of its special features.
Upon entering your room, you will be greeted by the warm light of an Akari lantern. This is a kind of lantern which is recognized as a traditional craft of Gifu prefecture. This lantern design was created by famous artist Isasmu Noguchi, who named it Akari which means “light”.
In the bathroom, you will spot a few stylish mugs which belong to the brand “3rd-ceramics”.
The rooms are affixed with paper sliding doors (shoji) and bear beautiful Mino washi paper that is a traditional turquoise-blue colour.
This is the perfect place to enjoy a traditional experience like no other.
MINGLE Address: 2689-14, Otemachi, Minokamo, Gifu
3 Guests ¥13,890（¥4,630 per guest）
2 Guests ¥11,260（¥5,630/ per guest）
ーReservations Made a month in advanceー
3 Guests ¥11,190（¥3,730/ per guest）
2 Guests ¥9,460（¥4,730/ per guest）
※ The fee for 1 guest is the same as that of 2 guests.
Booking.com (English also available): https://www.booking.com/hotel/jp/mingle-minokamo.ja.html
Phone Number: 080-4210-7117
MinoKamo Chapo: https://mchaho.com/
Explore The Hidden Beauty, Culture And Local Cuisine Of Hida Takayama In A Yukata
18.July.2019 | SPOT
Shimocho is one of the districts of Hida Takayama and is overflowing with traditional culture that you absolutely must experience. To make the most of your trip, there is a summer yukata-wearing programme running from July 20th which is the perfect opportunity to wear cooling and refreshing Japanese clothes while strolling and exploring the streets.
This year will be the 7th time the programme has been run. The Hida Takayama de Nippon no Natsu Yasumi programme allows visitors to dress in a comfortable and cooling yukata, stroll, explore, try different foods and enjoy the culture of the area. This year’s theme is “romance and yukatas” and gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy programme-limited desserts and the rich culture of the district.
Discover Hidden Beauty with the Stroll Map
Visitors will be given a map packed with wonderful spots of the area. The map will also include the destinations of 31 shops where you can enjoy special experiences, meals and desserts that are limited to those who take part in the yukata programme. Recommended spots to visit are also drawn on the map in a very cute handwriting-like style, so you can stop by these places easily while enjoying your walk. There are even many places on the map that only a local would know about.
Some of the special benefits of the programme allow you to enjoy the best regional cuisine that Hida has to offer, including the wonderful experience of restaurants that have been loved by the locals for generations, a beef delicacy restaurant, and much more. Besides food, the programme also gives you the opportunity to witness the beautiful festival floats used during the Takayama festival at the Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan. You can also enjoy experiencing baking your own senbei crackers and gold panning.
The programme includes a wide range of experiences for you to enjoy from local shops to food to culture to some new experiences.
An old-style café called Sabou Usagi is particularly popular with the locals. Here, the coffee is made using a vacuum coffee maker. With the summer programme, you can enjoy the delicious heart Tiramisù served here.
The stroll map includes a variety of locations such as the Takayama Tourist Information Centre, Hida Takayama Tourism Convention Association, Hida Takayama Travel Hotel Association and much more. The map also includes some of the accommodations available around Takayama, some important train stations and much more. You can easily download this map from the official website. (Japanese only )
Stroll the Streets in an Elegant Yukata
Change into a traditional Yukata that matches the beautiful surrounding townscape. There are four shops Yukata rental shops available to pick up your favourite Yukata, so there is no need to worry if you did not come prepared. There are also some accommodations that allow for yukata rental.
If you decide to join the Hida Takayama Nippon Natsu Yasumi programme, make sure to share your beautiful memories on Instagram with the hashtag #Hidasummer
Hida Takayama de Nippon no Natsu Yasumi Programme
Running: July 20 ー September 8, 2019
Location: Shimocho, Takayama (in the general area of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, Kamiichinomachi, Takayama, Gifu)
Official Website: https://hida-natsu.jp/
Pour on the soy sauce and a scary Kabuki face will appear?! Order your Village Vanguard soy sauce dishes now!
11.May.2019 | FASHION
Village Vanguard is well known for their collaborations with characters and their animal-themed designs. This time, they’ve made a Kabuki-themed soy sauce dish that you can order online.
Young, old, male or female, Japanese people love their traditional theatre shows called “Kabuki”. One fascinating feature of Kabuki is the impressive makeup of the actors and actresses called “Kumadori
They made animal-themed soy sauce dishes, then character-themed ones, and now finally, we’ve got Kabuki-themed ones! There are many different designs in this new series ー you can enjoy all their different expressions! This is bound to make your dinner table a thousand times more exciting!
There are a total of six designs. Please come and choose from this wonderful selection!
Kabuki-themed soy sauce dish
Purchasable from Village Vanguard’s official website: https://vvstore.jp/feature/detail/11745/?utm_source=press
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to Perform Kabuki Themed Concert at Japan’s Oldest Kabuki Theatre
20.March.2019 | MUSIC
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu announced her Oto no Kuni Live Tour earlier this year which will take her to various locations across Japan in 2019 that are rich in Japanese history and tradition.
The tour is produced by Kyary herself and is supported by her latest album Japamyu which is also Japan-themed. The first place she revealed that she will perform at is Izumo-taisha Shrine in Shimane Prefecture on Saturday March 30.
Kyary has now drawn the curtain back on the next venue: Minami-za, the kabuki ‘holy ground.’ She will incorporate kabuki elements into her show.
Minami-za is one of the oldest kabuki theatres in Japan. It is located in Kyoto’s Shijō Kawaramachi area which is said to have been where kabuki originated. The theatre has continued to give host to a wide range of entertainment, including that which is not kabuki, for over 400 years. It was registered as a Japanese Tangible Cultural Property in 1996 and as an example of Kyoto Historical Architectural Design. The theatre re-opened last year after having undergone renovations to reinforce earthquake resistance. The outside of the building maintains the traditional look of the theatre but the interior has been completely renewed. Throughout the year, it promotes culture to the people of the world with its performances.
Kyary is receiving proper kabuki training and guidance. Shewill use a range of kabuki techniques in her dance and performance such as roppo, a type of stylised walk, and mie, a dramatic pose pulled by an actor who then freezes for a brief moment.
Don’t miss her first ever show to include kabuki!
Kyoto Mirai Matsuri 2019: Minami-za Reopening Commemoration
April 30 – May 5 –OTOMATSURI-
April 30: Slot 1 & 2 – Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (Oto no Kuni Live Tour)
May 3: Slot 1 – Matsunojō Kanda / Slot 2 – m-flo & CAPSULE
May 4: Slot 2 – DAISHIDAISHI DANCE & →Pia-no-jaC← and more
*More performers and details TBA
Event Website: https://www.miraimatsuri.com
Minami-za Website: https://www.shochiku.co.jp/play/theater/minamiza/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Official Website: http://kyary.asobisystem.com
Enjoy Coffee in a Stylish Japanese Environment at STREAMER COFFEE COMPANY’s New Shop
01.September.2018 | FOOD
STREAMER COFFEE COMPANY are opening a new coffee shop titled Kuramoto Baisen Charyou Kyouya Hachiemon on September 7 in Takayama, a city known as the ‘Little Kyoto’ of Gifu Prefecture.
STREAMER COFFEE COMPANY set out to open as Japanese coffee shop to compete with the rest of the world. This year, it is celebrating 8 years since its establishment. They currently operate 17 independent coffee chains across the country. The company maintains a diverse background of skaters and musicians, but their baristas also boast world class skill in coffee making. It developed its first nitro cold brew coffee in 2014 and successfully put out the Nitro Latte in 2016. They serve 180,000 beverages every month and have many fans from both Japan and overseas.
Now, STREAMER COFFEE COMPANY are challenging themselves to something new: Kuramoto Baisen Charyou Kyouya Hachiemon. The shop’s concept is ‘Japanese style.’
The entrance is fitted with a classic Japanese noren, or sign curtain, that walk through to enter. Upon entering, you are greeted by the shop’s simple and modern decor which is decked out with Japanese elements like white wood furniture and tatami mats. Customers can look forward to enjoying their coffee in a relaxed and spacious environment.
The shop is a nod and support to Gifu’s ride to successful tourism and will cure the fatigue of travel for all its customers by offering them top quality experience.
STREAMER COFFEE COMPANY aim to combine coffee with Japanese-style ingredients. Their main event will be their matcha lattes with harnesses their skilfully made coffee with matcha from Uji in Kyoto. They will also serve other Japanese treats using high quality matcha from Kyoto including shaved ice made with syrup-covered anko, soft serve ice cream, and more.
Their coffee cups, too, remind one of Japan. Mino pottery goes back to the Azuchi-Momoyama period of Japan. This traditional pottery ware first came from Tono, which is also located in Takayama, Gifu.
If you’re looking to enjoy coffee and sweets in Japan in an authentic Japanese-style environment, then look nowhere else.
Wagakki Band to Perform Ending Theme Song for Naruto Kabuki Play
13.July.2018 | MUSIC
Wagakki Band will provide the ending theme song for the upcoming kabuki play adaptation of manga series Naruto which will be performed in Tokyo at the Shinbashi Enbujo Theatre this August. It was announced back in April that the band would perform a song for the play, but new details have been revealed. The song is titled Hikari no Naka de (‘In the Light’).
Naruto was first serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999 and tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who trains in the art of ninjitsu, who must take out his enemies, and who ultimately aspires to be Hokage, the leader of the village. The series has brought in fans across the globe, with well over 220 million copies sold in over 40 countries outside Japan. Kabuki actors Bandou Minosuke and Hayato Nakamura will play the roles of Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha respectively.
Comment by Yuko Suzuhana (Wagakki Band Vocalist):
“Collaborating with kabuki theater is something I’ve really wanted to do so we are extremely honoured that they called out to us. They said that Wagakki Band’s sound was necessary for the play, so our mutual love was realised. We wrote this new song for the production as [they said] it was something only we can do. I believe it’s a very bright and piercing song compared to the recent Wagakki Band. The composition and lyrics were written by our guitarist Machiya. He’s a fan of Naruto, so much so that he’s watched it 3 times. The song is packed with words like ‘hope’ and ‘light’ which align with the story’s final arc which rang together really well in our heads with the music when we were writing it. We also tried some new songs, like having multiple choruses. There’s also less sounds in the ensemble than we’ve ever had to bring more of a balance. I hope people enjoy this unique fusion of kabuki and Wagakki Band which has never been seen before.”
We look forward to hearing what kind of song Wagakki Band has in store for the play.
Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan Hotel in Takayama Introduces 4 New Room Types
12.May.2018 | SPOT
Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan is a hot spring inn located in Hida-Takayama. The establishment have opened four new types of rooms: Hanayagi (‘gaiety’), Nagame (‘view’), Asanoha (‘hemp leaf’) and Ao (‘blue’). Taking into the account the rise in foreign tourists to Japan, in order to bring to life rooms with traditional Japanese architecture and comfort, the inn invested 180 million yen to use wood from Gifu Prefecture.
Top Floor Kihin – “Hanayagi”
This top floor room overlooks Takayama Jin’ya, a former government outpost, and spans an overwhelming 90 square meters.
Price: From ¥47,520 for 1 Person (Tax Included / 2 People Max Per Room)
No. of People: 2-5
Junior Suite Room – “Nagame”
This room looks out onto a view of Hida-Takayama. This 60 square meter Japanese-style room comes with a Hida-Takayama Furniture sofa where you can enjoy a great ‘view’ as the room’s name implies.
Price: From ¥42,120 for 1 Person (Tax Included / 2 People Max Per Room)
No. of People: 2-5
Junior Suite Room – “Asanohana”
The Asanohana room is hidden away right at the back on the third floor of the inn. The bathroom is decorated in Gifu Prefecture’s classic mosaic style and even comes with a jacuzzi. It’s also open 24 hours.
Price: From ¥42,120 for 1 Person (Tax Included / 2 People Max Per Room)
No. of People: 2-5
Junior Suite Room – “Ao”
“Ao” means “blue” in Japanese, and as such this room is a blue Japanese-style room. The bathroom has stained glass windows and is made for you to really enjoy your bath time.
Price: ¥39,960 for 1 Person (Tax Included / 2 People Max Per Room)
No. of People: 2-5
Enjoy a luxurious experience at Kachoan in Takayama.