Last days of the Kabukiza Theater, Ginza

May 17th, 2010By Category: Arts & Entertainment

The Closing ceremonies for the five-decade-old Kabuki-za theater, located in Ginza, were held recently and Tokyo blogger Shibuya246.com was there just before in order to get some awesome final photos.

Entertainment company Shochiku announced in 2008 that the theater, Japan’s home for kabuki since it was founded in 1889, will be rebuilt inside a large office-theater complex and reopened in 2013.

Shochiku has said that the Kabuki-za is an aging structure that is susceptible to earthquakes and that the traditional look was also putting some people off attending.

The existing structure was established following heavy damage inflicted during the Allied bombings of Tokyo in World War II.   For more images from last days of Kabuki-za in Ginza, check out the Shibuya246.com site.

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