Traditional culture

Ogano Kabuki

Ogano Kabuki
Kabuki is a traditional form of Japanese theater. Saitama's Ogano Kabuki, which has a history of over 200 years, is Japan's leading folk kabuki. It is said that Ogano Kabuki originated from a kabuki actor born in Ogano, who began teaching kabuki to town folks when he returned to the area after his kabuki training in Edo. Men and women of all ages divided into men, women, and children's groups have been performing kabuki since the olden days in Ogano Town. The popularity of kabuki was at one time in decline as a result of the increased popularity of film and television. But town folks established a kabuki preservation society and promoted Ogano Kabuki, and it has gained popularity gradually since then. Ogano Kabuki has a tradition that is deep rooted in the town, and its great feature is that actors, backstage staff, sceneshifters, and shamisen and other instrument players are all amateurs there. It can be said that Ogano Kabuki is the townspeople's handmade theater. Its stage, however, is based on tradition, and like that of professionals, rather than what you might think of as the image of a handmade theater. Its perfection has been acclaimed in overseas performances.
A route bus service is available from Seibu-Chichibu Station (37 minutes to Chichibu Onsen)