Construction on the Pontocho Kaburenjo began in 1925 and finished in 1927. It was designed by Tokusaburo Kimura of the expert architecture group Obayashi, whose experience includes the Osaka Shochikuza Theatre (1923) and the Tokyo Gekijo (1927). Made from reinforced concrete, and with 4 above-ground floors, and a basement floor, it was admired as “modern architecture with a taste of the orient” at the time.
Additionally, you can find a gargoyle modeled after the bugaku mask of the Chinese prince of Lanling on the rooftop of the Kaburenjo, which serves as guardian praying for the prosperity of Pontocho. Please pay him a visit if you like.
Usage of the Pontocho Kaburenjo
In addition to the events held by this Kabuki Association, such as the Kamogawa Odori, the Pontocho Kaburenjo can be utilized by the general public for a wide range of events.
Various facilities have been prepared in order to meet a multitude of various needs, which naturally includes traditional Japanese song and dance performances, but also includes concerts, lectures, all types of recitals, etc. Additionally, the spacious areas on the 3rd and 4th floors can also be utilized as a gymnasium as well as rehearsal and exhibition rooms. Please contact the executive office listed below for inquiries regarding usage.