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Kanze returns to Ginza

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Kanze Kiyokazu, right, head of the Kanze School, performs in popular noh play “Tsuchigumo” at the Kanze Nohgakudo in Tokyo's Ginza district.

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Kanze School, the largest school of the traditional performing art of noh, has returned to Tokyo’s Ginza 150 years after it moved out of the district following the Meiji Restoration.

“Kanze is back in Ginza,” Kanze Kiyokazu, the 26th head of the school, said during a media preview on Friday of the Kanze Nohgakudo, the school’s home theater relocated to Ginza Six, a new commercial complex, ahead of its opening on Thursday.

The relocation of the theater from the Shoto residential area of Shibuya Ward, also in Tokyo, after 43 years to the upmarket district of the capital with many visitors is aimed at attracting a wider audience for the traditional performing art, including young people, office workers, people with disabilities and tourists to Japan.

“We want more people to see our performances,” the 57-year-old Kanze School head said. “We hope that a wider range of people will understand the world of noh.”

While examining the ideas of offering a multiple-language audio guide service for foreign visitors and introducing systems to accommodate people with vision and hearing disorders at the already barrier-free theater, the Kanze School aims to provide a friendly environment for young people.

“We plan to offer plays at low prices for workers on their way home on weekdays so that people can feel easy about dropping by the theater,” he said, adding that there is also a plan to prepare seats for students.

Kanze also hopes that the theater’s opening in Ginza will produce synergy effects of further promoting Japanese performing arts, because the district already hosts such theaters as Kabukiza and Shinbashi Enbujo.

“We hope to create an optimal network” between traditional arts, he said.Speech

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