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The Art of Kabuki Makeup: Workshop with Hashigo Nakamura

October 26, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Traditional Art in Modern Japan Series

**This is an in-person workshop with limited seating. Register today!**

With Halloween coming up, let’s look to kabuki makeup for inspiration! Kabuki actor Hashigo Nakamura is returning to the Japan Society to share his expertise in this hands-on kabuki makeup workshop.

Nakamura will show you the ropes of kumadori makeup, the stage makeup used by kabuki actors. You’ll receive a kabuki makeup kit with enough supplies for about five applications — learn how to transform yourself into a striking kabuki actor at the workshop, then replicate the process in the comfort of your own home.  

Love the kumadori makeup but don’t want to wear it home? We understand: we’ll have makeup remover available for you to use.

*Please bring the following to the workshop:

  1. Small mirror
  2. Headband
  3. Hair tie (if you have long hair)
  4. Towel
  5. Long lighter


Date & Time:
Wednesday, October 26th @ 5:30 PM
*Check-in begins at 5:00 PM

Digital Garage | 717 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

General: $25
JSNC Members: $15
*Ticket includes workshop admission, kabuki makeup kit, and a light meal & drinks.



Our Amazing Speaker:

Hashigo Nakamura

Coming from a regular family (he wasn’t born into the Kabuki family), he entered the Kabuki world in 1998 through the National Theater’s 15th annual Kabuki Actor Trainee Program and began studying under renowned actor Hashinosuke Nakamura (now Shikan Nakamura) in 2001. He performs kabuki theaters all across Japan and is also active overseas. Furthermore, he coaches in choreography and swordplay. In 2008, Nakamura served as a model for the book “Kabuki Narikiri Taiso” (Look-Like-a-Kabuki-Actor Exercise) that incorporates the movements of Kabuki and started holding hands-on workshops around Japan that focus on lessons that can be learned from Kabuki and Japanese tradition. He has performed at corporate training classes, preschools, school lectures, and various cultural events.  Nakamura became the first brand ambassador for California Prunes in 2018. He continues to be active in a variety of fields, which include several appearances in TV commercials and YouTube videos. Check out this and this video.


Check out Nakamura’s work here:

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Hashigo Nakamura YouTube VideoHashigo Nakamura YouTube Video


October 26, 2022
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


717 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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