Kinoshita-Kabuki Museum “SAMBASO”

Extraordinary “Moving” museum by Kinoshita-Kabuki. A way to enjoy classical theater while maintaining a respectful closeness

This Kyoto based company aims to explore new understandings of Kabuki. From the famous repertoires such as Yoshitsune Sembon-zakura, Kanjincho and Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami to a series of projects on Sensuke Suga, a Joruri legend who produced Sesshu Gappougatsuji, the company collaborates and produces works with different directors under the supervision of Yuichi Kinoshita. Their Sambaso (directed by Kunio Sugihara, supervised by Yuichi Kinoshita) was shown in 2008 and 2012 and performed overseas in 2013. The company continues to push the envelope by refining and updating the piece every time they perform it. Sambaso has become one of their major works. For this year’s Kyoto Experiment, it will be presented together with the Kyogen version of Sambaso by Doji Shigeyama and the exhibition, tracing the history of Sambaso. The installation takes place throughout whole theater space and the audience can interactively “experience” Sambaso. Evolving from the Noh repertoire to Kabuki, Sambaso was originally more of a festive ritual than a performance. Keeping this sense of festivity, Kinoshita-Kabuki writes a new chapter in the history of Sambaso.

Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza


Founded in 2006, the Kyoto based company aims to explore new understandings of classics and to initiate a new movement through Kabuki repertoire with a fresh dimension and historical context in mind. In order to approach Kabuki from every possible angle, the company collaborates and produces works with various directors under the supervision of Yuichi Kinoshita. This is the third year for their “Kyoto x Yokohama Project”, a residency program between Kyoto and Yokohama since 2010. Kanjincho (directed by Kunio Sugihara, 2010), Natsumatsuri Naniwa Kagami (directed by Momoko Shiraga, 2011) and Yoshitsune Sembon-zakura (General Director: Junnosuke Tada, directed by Junnosuke Tada, Momoko Shiraga and Kunio Sugihara, 2012) are the outcomes of the program and they have all been very well received by the public. The company’s last piece Kurozuka (produced by Steep Slope Studio, directed by Kunio Sugihara, 2013) won the Grand Prix at the CoRich performing arts Festival 2013 Spring.

SupervisorYuichi Kinoshita
General directionKunio Sugihara
Guest performerDoji Shigeyama
LightingRie Uomori, Junko Hinoki
SoundManabu Saito
VideoTakaki Sudo
CostumeAtsuko Kiyokawa
Assistant directorMio Kusunoki
Stage managerNobuaki Oshika
Advertising photoTakashi Horikawa
Advertising artShiro Amano
Production coordinatorMai Hongo
Co-productionKyoto Experiment, Kinoshita-Kabuki SAMBASO
SupervisorYuichi Kinoshita
Direction & stage designKunio Sugihara
PerformerKosuke Ashiya, Tomohiko Kyogoku, Hideaki Takeuchi
Presented byKyoto Experiment


  • Kinoshita-Kabuki


  • Kinoshita-Kabuki, Kanjincho, 2016, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue