Kagawa #4: Konpira Grand Theater (旧金毘羅大芝居(金丸座))

The Kanumaruza (Konpira Grand Theater), in Kotohira City, Kagawa Prefecture, is the subject of Kagawa’s 4th card as well as the oldest kabuki playhouse. What’s kabuki? Great question! Read here all about this traditional style of theater.

If you’re interested in catching a show and are in Shikoku right now, you’re in luck! The theater holds 1 month of performances, usually in April, and this year is no different, with performances through the end of April. If you are visiting in off-season you wont be able to catch a show, but you can instead explore backstage, dressing rooms, and even the basement to see how the stage is rotated. This amazing piece of Japanese history is certainly worth a visit both during show month and outside as well.

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