8th and final volume of the Kabuki-za Sayonara box sets. This one of performances that took place in March and April 2010. 12 DVDs with English commentary and English subtitles on particular performances. Comes with 152 page book with colour photos, and play synopses in English.
15th of the 16 Kabuki-za Farewell performances, the March programme featured three sections of Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy). One of the great plays, the story is based on the life of the scholar Sugawara no Michizane (845-903), known in this play as Kan Shôjô, a high-ranking imperial court minister who was also a brilliant calligrapher and revered as the god of learning.
Matinée; Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (Kamo Zutsumi), Sanmon Gosan no Kiri (Sanmon), Onna Shibaraku
Afternoon; Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (Hippô Denju), Benten Musume Meo no Shiranami, Hamamatsuya,Inasegawa Seizoroi
Evening; Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (Dômyôji)
Actors include Bandô Tamasaburô, Kataoka Nizaemon, Nakamura Kichiemon, Onoe Kikugorô, Matsumoto Kôshirô, Nakamura Tomijûrô, Nakamura Tokizô, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Shibajaku, Kataoka Gatô, Kataoka Hidetarô, Ichikawa Sadanji, Onoe Kikunosuke, Kataoka Takatarô, Onoe Shôroku.
The 16th and final performance at the Kabuki-za before its demolition took place 2nd -28th April 2010 and featured some of kabuki's most famed repertroire by some of its famous actors.
Matinée: Onagori Kobiki no Danmari, Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki (Kumagai Jin'ya), Renjishi
Afternoon: Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (Terakoya), Sannin Kichisa Tomoe no Shiranami, Fuji Musume
Evening: Jitsuroku Sendai Hagi, Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura
Actors featured include Ichikawa Danjûrô, Onoe Kikugorô, Bandô Tamasaburô, Kataoka Nizaemon, Sakata Tôjûrô, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Tomijûrô, Nakamura Kichiemon, Bandô Mitsugorô, Nakamura Kanzaburô, Matsumoto Kôshirô, Nakamura Tokizô, Nakamura Shibajaku, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Kataoka Takatarô, Ichikawa Sadanji, Bandô Hikosaburô, Ichikawa Ebizô, Ichikawa Danshirô, Onoe Shôroku, Nakamura Fukusuke, Nakamura Shidô, Nakamura Tôzô, Nakamura Kashô, Ichimura Manjirô, Ichikawa Somegorô, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Kantarô and Nakamura Baishi