The Apirl, May and June 2013 Kokera Otoshi - opening ceremony- performances from the new Kabuki-za. 10 Blu-ray discs, 1620 minutes, with English commentaries and three books. In total 21 plays featuring all the stars of the Kabuki world. Sumptuous packaging.
April featured the Opening Ceremony April Grand Kabuki. Featured plays were:
Matinee: Kotobuki Iwau Kabuki no Irodori (Kakuju Senzai), Omatsuri, Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki (Kumagai Jin'ya)
Afternoon: Benten Musume Meo no Shiranami, Hamamatsuya, Kuramae, Inasegawa Seizoroi, Gokurakuji Yane Rippuku, Sanmon, Namerigawa Dobashi, Shinobi Yoru Koi no Kusemono (Masakado)
Evening: Omi Genji Senjin Yakata (Moritsuna Jin'ya), Kanjincho
May: Matinée: Tsuru Kame, Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (Terakoya), Sannin Kichisa Tomoe no Shiranami
Afternoon: Meiboku Sendai Hagi- Goten, Yukashita- Kuruwa Bunshô (Yoshidaya)
Evening: Kajiwara Heizô Homare no Ishikiri (Ishikiri Kajiwara) Kyôganoko Musume Ninin Dôjôji
June: Matinée: Sayaate, Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori (Kisen), Heike Nyogo-ga-Shima (Shunkan)
Afternoon: Kotobuki Soga no Taimen, Tsuchi Gumo
Evening: Gozonji Suzu-ga-Mori, Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura
The cast includes Kataoka Nizaemon, Bandô Tamasaburô, Onoe Kikugorô, Sakata Tôjûrô, Nakamura Kichiemon, Matsumoto Kôshirô, Bandô Mitsugorô, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Kanjaku, Nakamura Shibajaku, Nakamura Tokizô, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Fukusuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Kataoka Gatô, Ichikawa Sadanji and Ichikawa Danzô.
Special features include footage of the building of the new Kabukiza, a guide to the new Kabukiza, some of the opening ceremonies and an interview with National Tresure Tojuro Sakata. Comes with Japanese subtitles and English commentaries.
The three books, mostly in Japanese, but with some English, feature a list of all the performances and actors written in the special Kabuki font, interviews with Tojuro Sakata, Koshiro Matsumoto, Kichiemon Nakamura, Nizaemon Kataoka, Tamasaburo Bando and Baigyoku Nakamura. There are articles remembering the great actors who passed away in recent years and weren't able to see the new Kabukiza open such as Shikan Nakamura VII, Jakuemon Nakamura IV, Tomijuro Nakamura V, Matagoro Nakamura II, Danjuro Ichikawa XII and Kanzaburo Nakamura XVIII. Also includes interview with Ebizo Ichikawa and Kanzaburo Nakamura remembering Danjuro Ichikawa.
The books contain many photos of performances, plus play guides and synopsis. There are features the new Kabukiza's technology such as lighting, sound and stage design.