It is only a few weeks until I will embark upon my trip to Japan. I am excited to see the sakura in all its beauty during the spring but more so for an afternoon of Kabuki. What is Kabuki? If the word is split up by it’s kanji it is the following: sing (歌, or ka), dance (舞, or bu), and skill (伎, or ki.) The word comes from Kabuku meaning to be eccentric or extraordinary (fantastical isn’t it.) I became adamant about seeing this magical, artful theatre when I learned about it in my theatre history class. Sure I always knew about Kabuki, Noh (more elite) and Bunraku (puppet theatre) before my class but when I saw a video of all three types I became enthralled. I do want to see all three performed but Kabuki touched my child-like wonderment.
My excitement is bubbling over, for I will be treated to three plays while in Japan: Futatsu chouchou kuruwa nikki (ふたつちょうちょうくるわにっき,) Sonezaki Shinjyuu（そねざきしんじゅう,) and Renjishi (れんじし.) It will be magical.