Misonoza is a theater located in the Fushimi area of Nagoya, Aichi. It’s a theater that has a long history and loved by locals for a long time in Nagoya. When people hear about Misonoza, they come up with a word of Kabuki. Misonoza has been a special stage for Kabuki performers, one of the traditional Japanese entertainers.
Misonoza was established in 1896 as a stage for performances such as Kaubuki, Noh, drama, concert and so on and closed in 2015 due to the deterioration of the building, then has newly opened in 2018. Misnoza opens through a whole year and you can enjoy a variety of entertainment.
New Misonoza lays on the 2nd to 5th floor of the Misonoza tower (it’s a skyscraper). The 1st floor is a food court and a souvenir shop. Up from the 5th floor, it’s an apartment for residents.
The designer of the building is Kengo Kuma who is known for designing the Olympic stadium in Tokyo. He talks about the new Misonoza as below.
This time, we researched the history of Misonoza in order to inherit and develop Japanese traditions. “The facade’s white lattice wall has a unique and noisy design with a special lighting plan. The festive space of the vermilion Misono red that symbolizes the momentum of Nagoya was designed to overflow from the lobby foyer to the street.
The gorgeous checkered pattern is effective for sound, and was developed throughout the audience. “The residential area has been designed with a delicate and delicate design,” he said. “We have worked on many theaters so far, but there are no other theaters that can connect Japanese tradition to the future. At the core of the new culture of Nagoya. I am confident that it will become the core driving the future of Japanese culture. ”
*translated by a Google translatorhttps://www.rbayakyu.jp/rbay-kodawari/item/3790-2018-01-08-03-52-05
On the 1st floor to the entrance of Misonoza, signboards of the name of Kabuki performers are hanging from the ceiling. These signboards are called “Maneki (invite) Kanban (signboard)”. These signboards are the unique point of Kabuki theaters, which makes the audience feel more excited before the play starts.
The play for the day was a Japanese classical dancing by Tamasaburo Bando whose dancing is designated as an intangible important cultural property. He is one of the best actors of female roles in Japan. It’s not surprising that the tickets were sold out in a few minutes although the ticket was not that cheap, actually 20,000JPY per person.
A ticket price for Kabuki performance usually starts at 5,000 JPY and goes up to about 25,000 JPY.
The theater seats are on 2 floors and contains 1,298 seats in total. This is a photo that was taken in row 6 on the 2nd floor. Even from the 2nd floor, you can actually see the stage very well. The design of the hall is considered and calculated very much for audiences.
At the new Misonoza, you can eat and drink at your seat at the interval. The food and the drink you can bring in the theater is only limited to what you buy on the 1st floor of the theater, Misonokomachi and a shop next to the hall, it’s a huge step since it was not allowed to eat and drink at your seat before.
On the 1st floor, you can find a theme park of local food and drink, Misonokomachi. Here, you can buy many goods related to traditional performing arts such as Kabuki, Tokai region specialties, souvenirs limited to Misonoza, and sweets and drinks that are allowed to bring inside the hall. They even sell alcohol here.
Shachihoko is a golden dolphin you can often seen atop the tiled ridgepoles of castles, especially famous for the one on Nagoya castle. This Shachihoko is actually used in a drama played at Misonoza and it’s displayed inside the shopping area.
This is one of the good souvenirs as your own memoir. It’s an ornament of Kumadori. Even the Japanese don’t see this much detailed ornament of Kumadori so often. KAIYODO is a very skilled Japanese model making company. Their model is very popular not only in Japan, but today in the world. Kumadori is one of Kabuki’s characteristic visuals. As a cosmetic exaggerate muscles and blood vessels, It symbolizes the personality and characteristics of the role.