|Maneki at Kyoto Minamiza Theatre|
Fifty-four signs called Maneki were put up above the theatre's entrance on the 25th. Maneki signs are hinoki cypress boards on which actors' names and their family crests are written in a Japanese lettering style, Kanteiryu(勘亭流). The style leaves less blank space in hopes of attracting a full house.
At last year's Kaomise Kogyo, Ichikawa Ebizo(市川海老蔵) created a huge fuss because of his serious injury in a fight. This year, he returned to the stage at a kabuki performance in July after probation. His wife gave birth to a baby girl on July 25th.
At Kichirei Kaomise Kogyo, Matinee (from 10:30 a.m.) includes the following performances.
1.Kotobuki Soga no taimen(寿曽我対面,The Encounter of the Soga Brothers and their Father's Killer) performed by Gato and others.
2.Oedo Miyage(お江戸みやげ, A Souvenir of Edo) performed by Mitsugoro and others.
3.Sumidagawa(隅田川, Sumida River) performed by Tojuro and others.
4.Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi(与話情浮名横櫛, Scarfaced Yosaburo) performed by Nizaemon and others.
Evening Show (from 4:15 p.m.) includes the following performances.
1.Sanmon Gosan no Kiri(楼門五三桐, Goemon and Hisayoshi) performed by Gato and others.
2.Sanemori Monogatari(実盛物語, The Tale of Sanemori) performed by Kikugoro and others.
3.Genroku Chushingura -Sengoku Yashiki(元禄忠臣蔵, The Judgment at the Mansion of Lord Sengoku) performed by Nizaemon and others.
4.Kisen(喜撰) performed by Mitsugoro and others.
5.Rakuda(らくだ) performed by Kanjaku and others.
You can see more information about the program on the "Kabuki Web" site from SHOCHIKU's web site.