Is Kabuki ok with kids

Jul 5th, 2010, 11:16 AM
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Is Kabuki ok with kids

We will be traveling with 10-year-old to Japan this August. I am interested in finding out what are the NO-GO areas for Kids.
In Tokyo - what to shy away from?
Perfromances - is No ok for kids? Kabuki?
Geysha's area - anything that may not be for young eyes?

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Jul 5th, 2010, 02:49 PM
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Noh and Kabuki are fine for kids, but it may be boring.

We've not encountered anything in 15 years in japan that I wouldn't take our daughter to...of course we don't hang around in hostess/host bars or take her to adult shows. But those things aren't hard to avoid and are easy to spot. I don't think you'll have any issues.
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Jul 5th, 2010, 02:55 PM
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Kabuki is a type of theater performance. So saying Kabuki is off limits wouldn't really make sense. It would more so depend on the subject matter of the performance itself. It would be similar to a stage play, so it should be ok. The bigger question is if he/she can sit through the performance without causing a fuss.

Geisha is not what most people think it is. They are classically trained performers in all the classic arts (musical instruments, singing, dance, etc). Post WWII connotations have pushed the Geisha branding into the risque category. You will run into (TONS) of adult areas, but the naming of these facilities will be enough to deter you without raising the suspicion of your kid. Most of these areas are zoned, so you don't have to worry about really running into one. Once you step into a neighborhood, you'll be able to tell if you should turn around and head out. At worst, the outside of the building may have a few pictures of girls (clothed, usually a picture of the face) with markings of xx minutes (Kanji: 分) for xx yen (kanji: 円).

Any particular sights that you're planning to visit?
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Jul 6th, 2010, 07:05 AM
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Kabuki can include sexual double entendres, puns, etc. But no more so, for example, than in Shakespeare's plays. At least this was true of the 3 kabuki plays I've attended.
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Jul 6th, 2010, 09:19 PM
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I took my 3 kids to Kabuki-Za in Tokyo when they were 10, 12 and 16. We stayed for 3 hours which was enough. They liked it (and the english headphones are a lifesaver) but the small seat and warm temps were a bit much after 3 hours. You will enjoy it more guaranteed. Geisha in Kyoto is fine.
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