Japan’s high-tech kabuki theatre set to open


TOKYO: The curtain is about to go up at a new theater dedicated to Japan’s centuries-old kabuki-za performing art, sited in a high-tech venue in a 29-story Tokyo office building.

The theater in the upscale Ginza shopping district, which will open to the public at the start of next month, will let audiences use portable monitors to read subtitles to explain the sometimes difficult to understand art form.

The service will be available only in Japanese at first. But theater managers hope to include foreign language services, starting with English, over the coming months, a spokesman told visiting journalists on Monday.

Another feature is the pit below the stage, which is now 16.45 meter deep – nearly four times what it was. The pit allows for props, actors and scenery to emerge from the bowels of the building.