Kosaka Town: the prosperous mining town of the Meiji period

By Go!Go!Tohoku!! (Staff) (from : Sendai) on 11月. 29, 2016

By Go!Go!Tohoku!! (Staff) (from : Sendai) on 11月. 29, 2016

Next stop is the theater called “Korakukan” in the Kosaka city of Akita prefecture. The theater is the oldest wooden playhouse in Japan which was built in the Meiji period. After the reconstruction, the theater is now used for the performance of Kabuki or Rakugo.





In Korakukan, we saw the performance called “Ore-ore-sagi” which is the story about a family encountering a fraud. After that there was a dance performance mixing traditional Japanese style and modern Japanese music. It is my first time to see the Japanese style dancing performance and is really amazing!


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After the performance, we visited the Korakukan theater with a guide who told us about how the theater was built, the history and the reconstruction of the theater and the facilities of the theater. I was impressed by the mechanism of the theater built 100 years ago, for example, the rotating stage and the lifting platform. We also visited the “Gakuya” which is the room where the actors do the makeup and dress up backstage.






The sun was going down and we went to the Kosaka mine office with the beautiful sunset. In the prosperous Meiji period, Kosaka city was Japan’s most prominent mining town. The Kosaka mine office is one of the symbols of modern Japanese culture and we could see the architecture mixed with Japanese and Western style.




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