Kazui's Private Kabuki Tour

Kazui's Private Kabuki Tour

Kazui's Private Kabuki Tour
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Kabuki is a very fascinating performing art. I have enjoyed Kabuki for many years! I wish to share my many experiences and knowledge; to show guests a part of the Japan I love as a Japanese person. I want many people to enjoy Kabuki as I do, but I think pople can enjoy Kabuki more with some information before you rent the subtitle devices.
Ginza, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan

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Keith W
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Jan 2024 • Solo
Kazui was simply terrific! I visited from the US and she managed everything ahead of time including my tickets and a pre-arranged intermission meal service. Her communication was prompt, helpful, and professional throughout. She sent me pre-reading of the plots of each of the parts of the show I would see beforehand so I could learn more about them. On the day of the tour, Kazui was wonderful. She explained the history of the structure itself, the history of kabuki and its related Japanese theater forms, and helped me understand theater "manners". My prearranged seat was excellent as was the bento box meal. I would HIGHLY recommend that anyone attending Kabuki-za for the first time take this tour!!
Written 22 January 2024
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Grace B
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Nov 2023 • Solo
I have always been interested in kabuki and other traditional Japanese theatrical productions, but speak next to zero Japanese. I was already planning on catching the kabuki show in Kabukiza theatre anyway but was a bit anxious about getting seats as I wanted good seats but was not sure how to do that. I was so glad I found Kazui's website via a reddit post, and emailed her straight away. She responded quickly and was just magnificent. She not only answered my questions, but actually had notes and photos of the different seating options! It was great to have a local (who obviously loves what she does) organise everything and give you recommendations! I decided to go for the box seat with the meal option, because why not?! It was still cheaper compared to the other theatrical productions I've watched anyway. (Also please note that the evening show can run from 4:30pm to 9pm and only the box seats get a meal delivery service.)

On the day of, there was a short lecture on Kabuki, with several handouts. I found it very informative and definitely enhanced my entire Kabuki experience! I especially liked the handout on the actors and their relationships with each other. I also loved the detailed program with notes on what to watch out for. It's these little details that made this experience all the more interesting and enjoyable for me. Even though I rented the English audio guide that the Kabukiza theatre provides, I still found myself checking her handouts throughout the show.

The show itself is phenomenal. If you're interested in the Japanese culture, this is a definite must-do when in Tokyo.

This entire experience - from the tour enquiry, deciding which seats to book, the actual booking of seats, to your lecture and the kabuki performance itself was just fantastic. You're a star, Kazui! I wouldn't have enjoyed this experience as much as I did without you. Thank you so very much!
Written 7 December 2023
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Stanfan
Eugene, OR39 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
My wife and I were first time visitors to Japan and wanted to experience Kabuki Theatre as part of our exposure to the fascinating culture of the country. We were fortunate to find Kazui’s website. She responded promptly to our emails and was most helpful. She bought wonderful tickets for us. When the day of the performance arrived, we met Kazui at the theatre, Kabuki-za. Kazui was a delight. A devotee of Kabuki, she shared her expertise about Kabuki, its history, and the performances and actors we were to see in a manner that was easy to follow and most helpful when we watched the performances that evening. Kazui definitely enhanced the experience for us and we heartily recommend her to you.
Written 7 December 2023
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Daveydoggg
West Chester56 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
This was an amazing thing to do on our Japan trip! We'd heard great things about seeing a Kabuki show in Japan, but difficult to arrange on our own. We luckily found Kazui's site and she was absolutely wonderful! We had great, timely communication, she bought us about the best seats in the theater, after giving us a lot of options with photos and maps of seats, and arranged lunch delivery to our box during intermission. She met with us an hour prior to the show and gave us a great explanation of Kabuki and it's history, along with "rules" to follow during the performance. A MUST on your Japan trip; great experience!
Written 21 November 2023
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JESUS B
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Sept 2023 • Couples
A must do! I wanted to experience Kabuku; but was hesitant due the language barrier. Kazui friendly introductory chat over tea, her guide notes and her tips ensured that we could enjoy everything. I was worried the program was long, but it flew by thanks to Kazui's help. She also found tickets where we wanted and with food we could eat at the intermission. Thank you Kazui!
Written 12 November 2023
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Christopher L
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Oct 2023 • Couples
We discovered an appreciation for an art we didn't previously understand thanks to Kazui's skillful explanation and her passion for Kabuki. It was our first time seeing Kabuki, and, though the visceral experience would have been enough to entertain us, Kazui's guidance enabled us to truly experience a fresh and unique performance art. Her pleasant and info-packed chat over tea before the show gave us the insight to engage the drama and dance we saw on a whole other level.
Written 10 October 2023
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Sara L
West Hollywood, CA3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
My husband and I joined Kazui for a guided tour of Kabukiza. Kazui’s passion and appreciation for kabuki is evident and gave us a window into this theater tradition. We were able to enjoy the performance on our own after her lecture. I don’t speak Japanese but I was able to follow the story from the English synopsis Kazui provided. I even laughed at the humorous moments because the context was clear to follow. The costumes, set design, make-up, dance and music are intricately woven together, and thanks to Kazui we were able to understand what we were seeing and hearing. What a great introduction to kabuki. We are so glad we took this tour.
Written 6 October 2023
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dogyear
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Aug 2023 • Friends
If you want to get tickets to a Kabuki performance while in Tokyo, I highly recommend Kazui's Private Kabuki Tour. From Los Angeles where I live, I googled how I could get tickets to see a Kabuki show during our planned August trip to Tokyo. I found a phone number that I was supposed to call as soon as tickets went on sale. I was going to wake up at some crazy time to try to get tickets. I thought, “Is this going to be like getting Taylor Swift tickets? Ugh!” Then, I stumbled Kazui's Private Kabuki Tour information on Tripadvisor. I emailed Kazui, and promptly received a reply. Kazui answered all my questions. From that initial contact to her escorting us to the Kabukiza entrance, interacting with Kazui was smooth and pleasant.

As well as the Kabuki tickets, I opted for the explanation of Kabuki and the scheduled performance over tea with Kazui. We met Kazui an hour and a half prior to the show and walked to a very cool well-established tea shop that was founded in 1854. The tea shop itself was a gem of an experience. Kazui’s presentation was thorough and engaging. I learned so much. If you are new to Kabuki/interested in learning more about Kabuki, I highly recommend adding this option!

We purchased box seats and added the lunches that were discreetly delivered behind the curtain of our box during the performance. The lunch was hugh-end, delicious, exquisitely served in two-tiered lacquer boxes. Along with others in the theater, we ate our lunches during the 30 min intermission. It was fun. Another thing we were pleased with that was huge for us senior citizens was even though the box seats are tatami and you have to remove your shoes, when you sit, there is a space for your legs, so it’s like sitting in a chair.

Thanks to Kazui’s thorough forethought and explanations, after the show we went to the 4th and 5th floor, and had an afternoon snack at the tea shop (the yuzu matcha smoothie was really good!). We also bought tea gifts to take back to our friends in LA at the tea shop.

I am so glad I found Kazui's Private Kabuki Tour. We had a wonderful experience. I don’t even think I could have figured out how to get Kabuki tickets from Los Angeles without her.
Written 25 August 2023
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zoe g
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Aug 2023 • Friends
Kazui-san's tour was recommended by a friend, and it was a wonderful experience. Everything was taken care of (buying tickets, directions), she explained lots of interesting information about the theatre, its origins, the actors, etc. I am a big fan of Japanese traditional culture and Kabuki, and I was very happy to learn more. Kazui-san also gave my friend and I summaries of the plays ahead of time, so we could follow the story. The lecture took place in a very beautiful tea house, with traditional matcha tea and wagashi sweets (included in the tour). I wouldn't have gone to the theater on my own because I don't speak Japanese and I would have been lost; thanks to Kazui-san awesome tour I was able to enjoy this piece of Japanese culture.
I highly recommend this tour!
Written 23 August 2023
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Neal A
Berkeley, CA1 contribution
Jul 2023 • Couples
Kazui gave my husband & I a thorough and enjoyable tour! She is so knowledgeable and made the experience
Easy to understand ! I highly recommend Kazue’s tour before you see a Kabuki play, so that you will get a fuller experience!
Written 10 August 2023
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