Japanese Theater Revival Event: Thousands come to show their support! 0

On Tuesday, November 3 at the Tombori Riverwalk event space, actors and performers from Japanese theater made appearances on boats, asking for the public's support in the revival of Japanese theater culture.

Japanese Theater Revival Event

According to a May 2020 study from the PIA Research Institute on the economic effects of COVID-19, the entertainment industry is expected to face losses of up to 77% of last year's market value of 900 billion JPY, a total of 690 billion JPY. The victims of these losses are not just the actors and singers who stand on the stage, but also the lighting and equipment specialists behind the scenes who now face significant strain, and the Japanese performing arts in particular are facing a real danger of losing the craft and spirit of the Japanese people. Joining other performers and actors in their indomitable will to promote the revival of theater culture, famed kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa XI has stated that "as economic recovery from COVID-19's heavy blow rapidly progresses, and now in the 'with-corona' era, we are trying to revitalize the theater while still reducing infection risk."

Ceremony

TimeTuesday, November 3, 2020 1:00-1:30 p.m.
PlaceTombori Riverwalk Event Space
Contents・Original Buyo (Japanese Dance) Performance
 -"Kagutsuchi no Mai" from the play Sou
 -Role of Susanoo-no-Mikoto performed by Ebizu Ichikawa XI
・Performers' Addresses
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More than 3,000 people came to see the live-streamed boat-top ceremony at the Dotonbori Canal.

Dotonbori, symbolizing the culture and spirit of Osaka, has been known as a theater town since the Edo Period. 2025 will be the 400th anniversary of Dotonbori, so using it as a stage the performers prayed for the revival of Japan's theater culture, and strove to send Osaka's spirit out to all of Japan and the world.

Filled with the desire to "fuel the revival of Japan's theater culture," Ebizo Ichikawa XI took on the roles of Susanoo-no-Mikoto and Hinokagutsuchi-no-kami and performed the "Kagutsuchi no Mai" dance.

Appearances & Addresses

Some of Japanese theater's top stars attended the ceremony, bringing attention to the ailing arts. Each actor and performer expressed their wishes for the revival of Japan's theater culture. The speakers brought attention to the changes the pandemic has brought, such as remote viewings of performances, as well as their desire to see an increase in awareness of the arts.

Boat #1

Ebizo Ichikawa XI (Kabuki Actor), Ichikawa Botan (Buyo Performer), Kangen Horikoshi (Kabuki Actor)

Ebizo Ichikawa XI, Kabuki Actor
Botan Ichikawa, Buyo Performer
Kangen Horikoshi, Kabuki Actor 

Boat #2

Udanji Ichikawa (Kabuki Actor), Bunzo Ohtsuki (Noh Actor)、Yuichi Ohtsuki (Noh Actor), Kanjuro Kiritake III (Bunraku Puppeteer), Tomogoro Yamamura III (Buyo Performer), Fukudanji Katsura (Rakugo Performer), Yonedanji Katsura (Rakugo Performer) Beishi Katsura (Rakugo Performer), Keiko Haruno (Rokyoku Performer), Hazuki Ipputei (Narimono Performer)

Udanji Ichikawa, Kabuki Actor
Bunzo Ohtsuki,
Shite-kata Kanse School of Noh /
Living National Treasure
Kanjuro Kiritake III,
Ningyo-Joruri Bunraku Puppeteer
Tomogoro Yamamura III,
Buyo Performer of the Yamamura School,
6th Generation
Fukudanji Katsura, Rakugo Performer
Yonedanji Katsura, Rakugo Performer
Keiko Haruno, Rokyoku Performer (MC)

Boat #3

Miru Shiroma (NMB48), Karen Hara (NMB48), Nao Shinzawa (NMB48), Asaya Kiryu (OSK Revue), Yuko Akasaka (Arumikan/ Shochiku Geino), Saori Takahashi (Arumikan/ Shochiku Geino)

Miru Shiroma, NMB48
Asaya Kiryu, OSK Revue
Arumikan
Yuko Akasaka & Saori Takahashi
Comedy Duo from Shochiku Geino


Event staff were on hand along the canal to maintain the flow of people and prevent any large crowds. Markings were installed on the ground to signify safe social distances, which were continuously enforced by staff.


Ceremony Video


EBIZO TV - YouTube

A behind-the-scenes look at Ebizo Ichikawa and his son (Horikoshi Kangen) preparing for the ceremony!

Event Overview

TitleJapanese Theater Revival Event
DateTuesday, November 3, 2020 (Culture Day, a Japanese national holiday)
Organizers3 Top, Inc.,  Sector 88, Inc.
ProductionMedia Spread, Inc.
Partners

Osaka Prefecture, Osaka City, Osaka Revitalization Project Committee, Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau, Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kansai • Osaka 21st Century Association, Kansai Association of Corporate Executives, GoToEat Campaign Premium Ticket Project, Dotonbori Night Culture Creation Council

Support From:Ebisu Bashi-suji Shopping Street, Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Center, Soemon-cho Shopping Arcade, Shopping District of Dotonbori, Dotonbori Store Association, Ohtsuki Noh Theater, National Bunraku Theater, Yamamura-ryu Soke, Beicho Co. Ltd., Rokyoku Shinyu Association, Shochiku Company, Shochiku Geino Co. Ltd., KYORAKU Yoshimoto Holdings, OSK Nippon Revue Company, Namba Yasaka Shrine, Osaka Temmangu, Ikukunitama Shrine
Sponsors:AI Planning, Ipponmatsu Shipping, Osaka-city Chuo-ku Shopping Streets Joint Association Amerikamura No Kai, Kajima Corporation, Kohmei Corporation, Saraya Co. Ltd., Jikei Group: The Symphony Hall, GLION Group, ZEAL COSMETICS Inc., Tiger Corporation, Daikin Industries, Ltd., Taiko Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., DR. C Medical Medicine Co. Ltd., Dotonbori Museum Namikiza (Yamane Enterprise Co. Ltd.), TryHard Japan,  Nankai Electric Railway Co. Ltd., Hakko Car Group, Panasonic Corporation, Minami Sodate Network, Minami Midosuji Association, Hotel Royal Classic Osaka

November 3 was also the opening ceremony for the Festival of the Lights in Osaka!

Opening ceremony held November 3 at 4:30 p.m. Check the below link for more details (Japanese.)