Report: Lecture ‘Kabuki on the Ginza’

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On 23rd March at the University of Edinburgh, Dr Helen Parker gave a lecture entitled ‘Kabuki on the Ginza’. The lecture centred on kabuki and the development of the Kabukiza theatre.
This year marks 150 years since the Meiji Restoration. Dr Parker’s lecture touched on a wide variety of topics, including the fact that kabuki, well known also outside of Japan, was designated as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2008, and that the Kabukiza theatre was reopened in 2013 after undergoing a renewal. The new design was created by Kengo Kuma, the architect behind the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium and the V&A Museum of Design in Dundee.
After the lecture the audience got involved in a lively Q&A session, and the lecture as a whole provided a great opportunity to learn about kabuki in more depth.