Japan Cultural Envoy Kyozo Nakamura Visits Northern California

On November 7, 8, and 9, Kabuki actor Kyozo Nakamura, visited Northern California and gave three special lecture-demonstrations. Nakamura’s lectures were held by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Japanese Government in partnership with the University of California Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and the Theatre of Yugen. During the lecture, audiences learned about the origins and style of Kabuki. In traditional Kabuki, all roles, including female roles, are performed by men. Nakamura gave demonstrations of female make-up and dances. Consul General Uyama attended and gave welcome remarks at the event at UC Berkeley on Thursday, November 7.

This was the first leg of Kyozo Nakamura’s international tour that will take him to Los Angeles, Michigan, Mexico, and Cuba as one of this year’s Japan Cultural Envoys.

Kyozo Nakamura performs “Fuji Musume” dance - Photo by Dave Golden

Kyozo Nakamura performs a kabuki lion dance - Photo by Dave Golden

Kyozo Nakamura (left) demonstrates how a male kabuki actor transforms into a female role - Photo by Dave Golden

Opening remarks by Consul General Uyama

Kyozo Nakamura performs “Fuji Musume” dance - Photo by Dave Golden

Consul General and Mrs. Uyama with Kyozo Nakamura

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