Umeno Nakamura

Blurring Boundaries

New Type of Kabuki Actor


Tokyo People & Their Way of Life Ep. 10

Umeno Nakamura is an extraordinary Kabuki actor who, after years of practice, is now boldly introducing fellow Tokyoites and people from around the globe to Japanese Kabuki Theatre. This art form is over four centuries old and has been passed down for generations, actors receiving training in family since a very young age. But since 1970 there has been one more way in: the Kabuki training programs at the National Theatre in Miyakezaka, Tokyo and Umeno is one of the graduates. Blurring boundaries related to one’s training or the types of roles a Kabuki actors plays, as Umeno plays both male and female roles, he has been building his Kabuki career with immense passion.