Kabuki Actors Print Kanjincho

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Kabuki Actors Print Kanjincho

This performance was taking place shortly after the announcement that the Kabukiza would be built with original intention was that it would be called the Kabuza but was renamed Kabukiza because the word Kabu means big radish; the implication being that the actors there might be 'big radishes', something of an insulting implication. As a result the four existing theaters; the Shintomiza, Ichimuraza, Nakamuraza, and Chitoseza agreed to cooperate in giving performances involving the three major stars of the day Ichikawa Danjuro IX, Onoe Kikugoro V, and Ichikawa Sadanji I and reached agreements with all the major Tokyo actors to restrict their performances to the same four theatres for the five years from January 1889. The competition seemed to be quite fierce at that time

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