We visited one of the oldest theater houses running in the world (although it’s been renovated many times over), the Kabuki-za Theater in the Ginza district. The shows we found out were long – one in the morning and one in the afternoon, each running for about 5 1/2 to 6 hours. We decided to just do the one act ticket, which was perfect considering we forgot to get the english-language headphones on the way in. Sitting through two hours of japanese drama without knowing what was going on was … interesting. Also uncomfortable given the seats were very small (even for us) and our knees were knocking on the heads of the people in front of us. But we actually wished we had the headphones because the show was very well done.
The actors were all very interesting (and appeared to be angry at everything), the music was beautiful and played with traditional japanese instruments (like the taiko drum), very ornate and beautiful costumes of sumaris, villagers, geishas, wizards, and also a giant centipede. No idea what the plot was but there was death, destruction, and revenge and even cannibalism (did that sumari just EAT the dead village boy?|). Once we were maybe sort of getting the picture of what was going on… intermission. And we were booted out with our one act tickets. It was still a good show. But after sitting in those seats for two hours, I wouldn’t mind sitting in the other “Kabuki Theater.” You know, the one on Post Street in San Francisco with the plush leather seats, cocktail service, and an IMAX screen;)