Why is Komatsu famous for Kabuki?
It is because there are Ataka Barrier Ruin and Hikiyama Children's Kabuki in Komatsu.
「Ataka Barrier Ruin」is known as setting of Kabuki Juhachiban “Kanjincho” in the country. For a long time of 240 years, Hikiyama Children's Kabuki has continued to perform as Otabi festival's dedication ceremony every year. So, Komatsu is famous for Kabuki.
There is the setting of Kabuki “Kanjincho” in Komatsu
【Ataka Barrier Ruin】
Statue of Yoshitsune, Benkei, Togashi stand in Ataka.
Ataka Barrier Ruin facing the Sea of Japan is the setting of Kabuki Juhachiban “Kanjincho”. Role of Benkei, Togashi, Yoshirtsune are played the star actor Ichikawa Danjuro, Matsumoto Koshiro, Onoe Kikunosuke.
Japanese can't help being moved by the story of wisdom, humanity and justice, Courage. Reading Kanjincho of the blank paper, Standing at Ataka Barrier Ruin, you can enjoy picture the best scene and the story over 800 years ago in your mind.
The scenery of the sound of the sea and the beach with white sands and a green pine grove is the best place to lose oneself in thought.
Town people manage festival, children perform Kabuki
【Hikiyama Children's Kabuki 】
Hikiyama Kabuki of Kyou-machi (2011). Children perform brilliantly supported by young people and the gidayu, player samisen.
Many stages are lined up on the main street. Eight towns (Daimonji-chou, Nishi-chou, Ryusuke-chou, Tera-machi, Kyou-machi. Zaimoku-chou, Naka-machi, Youkaishi-machi) inherit each Hikiyama from the Edo era. During the period of the festival, we can see all Hikiyama, which lined up only one night, Children's Kabuki is staged by turn of duty town.
It is said that Hikiyama Children's Kabuki began from 1766 to dedicate to Ubashi Shrine and Motoori Hiyoshi Shrine during Otabi festival which is spring festival of them shrine. At that time, Komatsu prospered from silk fabric. Town people, who have enough economic power and technology, build Hikiyama stages of adoration for Gion festival of Kyoto and Hikiyama festival of Oomi and Nagahama.
Since then, there used to be 17 or 18 floats, which are mobile stage. In 1813, each town has one float, and a total of 10 floats were made. Unfortunately, two floats (Mattou-machi and Higashi-chou) were burned down in the early Showa period.
Originally, the actors were designated Neighborhood boys. However, Geishas temporarily played from the idea that “boys should not perform” during a war. After the war, girls came to perform. Now, actors are basically girls, but sometimes boys perform because of the number of children decrease.
Two towns of ten towns take turns to perform
Children 's Kabuki every year. Adult of the town called “Gonin-syu” do background work and Children of the town perform, traditional culture have been handed down over the generations. Because Children’s fine performance and Kabuki culture of Komatsu are supported by Komatsu town people.
Selected great performance
【National Children's Kabuki Festival in Komatsu】
National Children's Kabuki Festival in Komatsu in Komatsu Urara.
Hikiyama Children’s Kabuki is the one of the biggest Children’s Kabuki, as Oomi and Nagahama. There are several Children’s Kabuki groups in nation. During Otabi Festival period, two groups of them are invited to National Children's Kabuki Festival every year. Great performance by children is won applause and got a laugh from the audience.
Of course, the program of Komatsu group is “Kanjincho”. Primary schoolchildren, who are chosen from entries from the public, show a realistic performance. You will be surprised to be high-level.
Pass traditional culture to the generations
To convey “Kabuki” of Komatsu traditional culture, Kanjincho has been staged by 10 Junior High Schools in city for every year city in autumn from 1986, to convey traditional culture. Player the samisen and taiko, nagauta, an actor are all a junior high students. They trained intensively, before real stage. They receive a high evaluation from the various quarters.
There is the theater which you can enjoy Kabuki
It is Urara to be held National Children's Kabuki Festival in Komatsu. Hall which was made from the wish that citizen want to see stage full-scale Kabuki in Komatsu. The Hall was designed in the image of Kabuki theater. In 2004 opening was held Shochiku O-Kabuki, after that various Kabuki is staged and won popularity. For detailed performance schedule, please check the website. http://www.komatsu-urara.com/index.aspx
Inside Urara,「Bussann-ya」 which is the shop collected Komatsu products.Kabukky mug cup and Kabukky votive tablet, Kabukky strap！ For detailed information, please see「Online Shop Komatsumon(in Japanese)」.
Komatsu Hikiyama Gallery "MIYOSSA"
Komatsu Station west district is an area in which gathers inherited townspeople`s culture, such as the "Children’s` Kabuki on Hikiyama floats", townhouses, temples and shrines. As Komatsu Station west district is the center for culture related facilities, "Komatsu Hikiyama Exchange Center Miyossa" opened in May 2013 around the market street, turning the area into a “Kabuki alley”, and has enhanced the charm of the city as the "City of Kabuki".