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Izushi also has Eirakukan (永楽館), the Kansai Region's oldest kabuki theater built in 1901. It closed in 1964 due to the spread of television and other diversions.Years later, the theater was renovated and reopened in 2008. The theater puts on performances occasionally.
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Eirakukan (永楽館), the Kansai Region's oldest kabuki theater built in 1901. Toward the left was the theater's front entrance that is not used anymore because of the road right in front. They now use a side entrance.
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The theater's original front entrance that is not used anymore because of the road right in front. They now use a side entrance.
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Theater entrance on the side. The theater is a short walk from the Izushi bus stop and Izushi Castle.
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You have to take off your shoes.
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Theater lobby.
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Theater lobby.
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Inside Eirakukan. You can freely tour inside the theater. Very impressive and rare glimpse of a Meiji Period theater. That's the hanamichi on the left. You can walk on it too.
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The hanamichi on the left. You can walk on it too.
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The hanamichi on the left. You can walk on it too and feel like a kabuki actor...
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Eirakukan Theater in Izushi, Toyooka, Hyogo.
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Stage as seen from the back row.
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Side seats.
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Advertising posters on the walls.
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Very retro.
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The revolving stage (mawari-butai). Above the stage in the back are dressing rooms for the performers. Normally hidden by a curtain.
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Eirakukan's rotating kabuki stage.
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Rotating kabuki stage.
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View from the stage.
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Stage curtains.
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Booth for instrument players.
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Inside a booth for instrument players.
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Backstage has the dressing rooms for actors. Normally hidden by a curtain.
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Dressing room.
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Dressing room.
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Dressing room.
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Dressing room.
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Bathtub for actors.
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Go downstairs to the basement too.
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You can also go underneath the stage and see the revolving stage. It's rotated by hand. Wow neat, how often can you see something like this?
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They turn the rotating stage by hand.
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Stage wheels on a rail.
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Basement passage to the other end of the theater.
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Other stairway.
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