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Nakamura Hashigo and the New Face of Kabuki in the 21st Century

September 8, 2020 @ 5:00 pm


Curious about Kabuki but a little overwhelmed about where to begin? Planning to go to Japan, whenever that may be, and want to learn a little more about the culture before you go? Interested in finding out more about Japan and Japanese culture? This program is for you!

Join this Kabuki “crash-course” and hear about the history and cultural significance and continuing evolution of this traditional art form. You can also hear from rising Kabuki actor Hashigo Nakamura as he shares his experience, demonstrates Kabuki makeup application, and gives a brief performance!

Whether you’re completely new to the art of Kabuki or a long-time fan this program is a great opportunity of people of all ages to learn about this classic art-form.  We hope to see you there!




Date and Time:

September 8, 2020 @ 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)

September 9, 2020 @ 9:00 AM (Japan Time)



9/9, Japan (9/8, San Francisco)

9:00am (5:00pm) Opening Remark

9:05am (5:05pm) Kabuki 101 Prof. Yuki Goto | School of Theatre & Dance, College of Liberal & Creative Arts, San Francisco State University + Mark Frey

9:15am (5:15pm) Hashigo Nakamura Performance 中村橋吾氏パフォーマンス 30min

9:45am (5:45pm) Q&A

10:30am (6:30pm) End


Pricing: Free!


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Speaker Profiles:

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



Yuki Goto Headshot

Prof. Yukihiro Goto | School of Theatre & Dance, College of Liberal & Creative Arts, San Francisco State University

Prof.  Goto is an expert in Asian theatre techniques, specifically Noh, Kabuki, Butoh and Suzuki. In his classes, Prof. Goto teaches about the use of Asian theatre techniques in Western classics, introducing students to a fusion of the best in diverse acting traditions and diverse cultures.



Mark Frey Headshot

Mark Frey

Mark Frey developed a passion for Kabuki theatre and Japanese performing arts while living and working in Japan on the JET Program. Since returning to the Bay Area, he has been an active member of the San Mateo Japanese American Community Center’s Kabuki Kai. In 2010, he founded JETAANC Kabuki Club and has led classes in our community ever since to foster a love of Japanese performing arts.

When Mark is not involved with Kabuki, he is active in the JET Program Alumni Association of Northern California and Oakland-Fukuoka Sister City Association.



In cooperation with

Japan Foundation Los Angeles


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September 8, 2020
5:00 pm


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