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This month, we will introduce two events that you can enjoy at Kabukiza in Higashi Ginza, Tokyo! Both are traditional events unique to Japan. Wouldn't you like to experience something you can only see, hear, and eat here?

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①February 2nd (Friday) Ichiban Taiko no Gi

What is “Saruwaka Festival”?

“Saruwaka Festival February Grand Kabuki” will begin on Friday, February 2, 2024.

The ``Saruwaka Festival'' refers to the founding of Saruwaka-za (later Nakamura-za) by the first Saruwaka (Nakamura) Kanzaburo in 1624.

This festival began to celebrate the first Kabuki performance in Edo (later Tokyo).

This year also marks the 13th anniversary of the death of the 18th generation Nakamura Kanzaburo, who still has many fans.

What is Ichiban Taiko?

On the first day of the Saruwaka Festival, there is a custom of playing drums.

In the Edo period, drums were played before the start of a Kabuki performance, and Kanzaburo the 18th revived this custom in 2000.

It has been 7 years since Ichiban Taiko performed at Kabukiza.

▲“Ichiban Taiko” held at Kabukiza in 2017. In the center is the 6th generation Kankuro, the son of the 18th generation Kanzaburo.

You can watch it for free and without reservation!

Start your day on a great note by listening to the sounds of Japan that you can only experience here♪

*②Setsubun Festival will be introduced in the next article!


■Date and time

Friday, February 2, 2024

Scheduled to start at 10:00

*Start time may vary. Please note


Kabukiza front entrance


Free, no reservation required

■Performance ticket information

Please check from the link below

February 2024 performance/ticket information (Japanese)

February 2024 performance information/ticket information (English)


4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061

Right next to Higashi Ginza Station [Exit 3] on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and Toei Asakusa Line 5 minutes walk from Ginza Station [Exit A7] on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line, and Hibiya Line
JR/Tokyo Metro Tokyo Station 10 minutes by taxi

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