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Kabuki performer Ainosuke Kataoka and Nikko create a breathtaking kumadori mask.

Famous Kabuki performer Ainosuke Kataoka has teamed up with Ishikawa Prefecture’s veteran ceramic manufacturer Nikko and 3D scanning experts  K’s design lab to create a handmade 3D scan in bone china of his face wearing Kabuki’s traditional face painting called Kumadori.

The make-up describes what kind of character the performer portrays, red and white are the colors of heroes and warriors, Blue makeup can represent a ghost, spirit, or other magical creature and Greys and browns can be used sometimes, particularly when representing animals, oni (demons), yōkai (monsters..yokai watch!), or anything else inhuman.

The pattern chosen by Ainosuke Kataoka is that of  Suji-kuma of the Aragato Kabuki samurai. The mask will come autographed and in a beautiful box. This is a piece of art made for true lovers of Kabuki and mask collectors.

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This mask will be limited to 10 pieces only though and reservations will start at 10 Am on June the first….making it even harder to get than a kabuki ticket!

It doesn’t come cheap either at a price of ¥ 1,080,000, but that’s the price one has to pay for exclusivity and beauty…..

 

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If you can get your hands on one of these, you’ll probably have the only copy outside Japan and that makes it even more desirable as a collector’s item.

We will try to reserve a copy for you, but in this case, we can’t make you any promises. You can’t be short strapped for money though, as shipping will be costlier than usual, you don’t want us to toss this in a big envelope, tie it to a pigeon, say a little prayer and release it…

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One Piece kabuki adaptation officially opens in Tokyo, cast photos begin to surface online

Even 18 years after its initial publication, One Piece continues to enjoy unprecedented popularity around the world, no doubt thanks to the grueling efforts of series’ creator Eiichiro Oda. Since July, fans have been waiting with bated breath after new details emerged regarding a kabuki stage version of the beloved franchise, but that wait is now over–October 7 marked the opening performance of the play, and we’ve finally been treated to some pictures of the cast!

Before we get to the pictures, we have one more exciting announcement to share–it’s been confirmed that Super Kabuki II: One Piece will be performed in Osaka between March 1-25 of next year. That’s great news for any One Piece fans living in the Kansai area or further from Tokyo.

This kabuki adaptation covers the story arc between volumes 51-60 of the original One Piece manga. While it’s true that kabuki has evolved with the times considerably over the past 400 years or so, basing a play on a contemporary manga series is still an incredibly radical digression for the traditional art form. In particular, we’ve been dying to see what the 2-D characters would look like in kabuki costume, and now we’ve finally gotten a glimpse following this past Wednesday’s debut performance.

▼ An original promotional poster for the kabuki adaptation featuring the characters in their regular 2-D forms, along with some first looks at the cast

Okay, are you ready for this? Check out some pictures of the cast below!

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Let’s now take a closer look at some of the individual characters.

Impressively, 39-year-old kabuki star Ennosuke Ichikawa IV plays protagonist Monkey D. Luffy, Boa Hancock, and Shanks all by himself. If you’re confused about why he would play “Pirate Empress” Boa Hancock, remember that male actors have portrayed females in kabuki since the mid-1660s.

▼ Ennosuke Ichikawa IV as Luffy

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▼ Ah, so that’s how they portrayed anthropomorphic reindeer Chopper!

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As fans of the series know, Luffy develops an unusual ability to stretch his body like rubber after accidentally eating a certain kind of Devil Fruit. If you’re like us, you were probably wondering how an actual human could ever pull off that tiny detail in real life–but the kabuki answer is actually quite clever (see the picture below). Additionally, some net users pointed out that the stunt was probably inspired by a dance move featured in K-Pop duo TVXQ’s 2012 music video for “Catch Me,” which was in turn inspired by Marvel’s superhero The Hulk.

▼ Top: TVXQ, otherwise known as Tohoshinki in Japan; bottom: One Piece kabuki version

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If you’re a fan of One Piece, kabuki, or both, be sure to check out a performance of Super Kabuki II: One Piece, which is running October 7-November 25 at the Shimbashi Enbujo Theatre in Tokyo’s Ginza district. More detailed ticket and performance information can be found here.

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One piece meets traditional Japanese culture

One Piece is being adapted into a fully-fledged kabuki play. With the performance dates coming up within a few short months, the official kabuki website Kabukibito has released a Laboon-sized amount of new details.

Although a warning before you click ahead: if you have not read or watched One Piece up until the time skip, be aware that thar be spoilers ahead!

For those unaware, kabuki is a traditional form of Japanese theater that combines drama, dance, elaborate costumes, thick makeup, lavish scenery, and the bizarre. As opposed to “higher class” Japanese Noh drama, kabuki is intended for the common man and typically involves a lot of shouting, making One Piece the perfect candidate to become a kabuki play of its own.

▼ Basically it will be like every One Piece character acting like Kumadori. Yoyoi!kumadori

The time period of the play’s story will be from the rescue of Ace from Impel Down, up until the great war that led up to his execution. It should also be noted that all actors in kabuki are male, which is going to make, uh, certain parts of One Piece a lot harder to reenact.

▼ Yeah, it should be interesting to see how they pull that off.

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The show will run from October 7 until November 25 at the Shinbashi Enbujo in Ginza. Tickets for the October shows will be available starting August 20, while tickets for the November shows will be available September 20. If you’re lucky enough to live nearby and want to go, we recommend camping out the ticket website the day they go up, because they’ll move faster than Luffy at an all-you-can-eat buffet.

The kabuki world has really been making an effort to reach out to wider audiences recently, and with One Piece being adapted into a show, we wonder what they’ll come up with next. What are your predictions? Let us know in the comments section below!

source Japaaan Magazine

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