On Friday July 13th I went to a Kabuki Theatre in Ginza. It was the first time in almost 3 years in Japan. I must admit I was sort of worried since I learnt the play would last four hours. Four hours! However, I came out to love the play and even not noticing that time was passing by. I attended the night performance, which started at 4.30p.m. and finished c.a. 8.30, when I had to leave to meet my friends for dinner in Shibuya.
What a delightful experience I've had! It was expensive, in absolute terms. But from my point of view, there's no money that can afford the experience of 'living art'. Art, in any of its expression is the absolute supremacy of aesthetics, and so is kabuki, without question.
They play itself was based on Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night, or What You Will' comedy, directed by famous Yukio Ninagawa, particularly known for his Japanese language productions of Shakespeare plays and Greek tragedies.