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Kabukiza Theater, Ginza

  Apr 30th, 2010

Kabukiza, located in Higashi Ginza, has been home to Japan’s traditional theater art of kabuki for many years. In a few days the last performance will be held at this location to make way for a new office. In recent days, many people have been paying visiting the famous theater to take photos.

The entrance way to the grand Kabukiza theater.

The entrance way to the grand Kabukiza theater.

I wonder if these guys were getting paid extra to be out on the roof?

I wonder if these guys were getting paid extra to be out on the roof?

It was actually hard to get a clear photograph of the building. Too close and nothing fitted into the view finder. The other side of the road still appeared close but also brought the traffic into view.

It was actually hard to get a clear photograph of the building. Too close and nothing fitted into the view finder. The other side of the road still appeared close but also brought the traffic into view.

Everyone trying to snap a picture before the building is knocked down to make way for an office tower.

Everyone trying to snap a picture before the building is knocked down to make way for an office tower.

Very nice decoration on the entrance way.

Very nice decoration on the entrance way.

So many people have been to see Kabuki at this famous location, it will feel strange to them to see a new building take its place.

So many people have been to see Kabuki at this famous location, it will feel strange to them to see a new building take its place.

From this angle you can see more of the building, but the tree on the right is really blocking my view.

From this angle you can see more of the building, but the tree on the right is really blocking my view.

Nice some to see so many people in traditional Japanese clothing in this area. There were many kimono to be viewed.

Nice some to see so many people in traditional Japanese clothing in this area. There were many kimono to be viewed.

As people walk past, many turn to take a look at the Kabukiza Theater.

As people walk past, many turn to take a look at the Kabukiza Theater.

An artist sketched the Kabukiza building for perhaps the last time.

An artist sketched the Kabukiza building for perhaps the last time.

Going about the work of painting without noticing people around him.

Going about the work of painting without noticing people around him.

It was a busy day out with people enjoying the sights and sounds of Ginza.

It was a busy day out with people enjoying the sights and sounds of Ginza.

Many people were lined up trying to get a reminder photo of what Kabukiza looked like before it disappears.

Many people were lined up trying to get a reminder photo of what Kabukiza looked like before it disappears.

It seemed every man and his dog was out taking photos of Kabukiza today. Well, actually I dont think this is a dog. It is the official mascot for the Gunma-ken tourist board.

It seemed every man and his dog was out taking photos of Kabukiza today. Well, actually I dont think this is a dog. It is the official mascot for the Gunma-ken tourist board.

Kimonos on display in the Ginza.

Kimonos on display in the Ginza.

One of the semi-underground tunnels that pass through the Ginza.

One of the semi-underground tunnels that pass through the Ginza.

Looking back towards Higashi Ginza.

Looking back towards Higashi Ginza.

One of the main streets in the center of the Ginza.

One of the main streets in the center of the Ginza.

The main street looking back towards Shinbashi.

The main street looking back towards Shinbashi.

Have you ever been to see Kabuki at this theater?

Kabukiza

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That is heartbreaking they are replacing it. What a beautiful building. I wish I could make it there in time to see it.

Exiv96 says:

It’s sad to learn that the Kabukiza Theatre will be demolished ! I’m glad I managed to get pictures of it last year. And it was indeed impossible to fit the whole building into the viewfinder ! :)

AkuNoHana says:

That’s so sad that it’s being torn down.

perdomot says:

Gotta go tomorrow to Ginza and snap some pics of Kabuki-za.

shibuya246 says:

yes, get there before it is too late!

perdomot says:

Went yesterday and took some pics of Kabuki-Za as well as Ginza. Shame to see such a great building torn down.

lithiumangel says:

Cute fellow ! Tough it must get very hot inside that suit on a typical Tokyo summer day.

lithiumangel says:

Looks alot like the Kadokawa shoten logo doesn’t it ?

Renechong says:

It’s such a beautiful building. Kinda sad that it’s gonna be demolished to build something else.

 

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