Kabuki Saturday

Last week was a bit of a toughy so I was thrilled to have a chilled Saturday.

I started the day lounging in my local park.

I then painted my nails and got ready to go out in the early evening.
GOSH "gold" and Konad S9 plate

We had dinner in Akari. In my opinion this is London's best take on a Japanese Izakaya.
I really like the way that Akari doesn't try too hard with the whole "Japanese thing" and left the interior of the once pub building as it is.

We ate a lot and as per normal, I forgot to take pictures of everything! I did remember to take a few at the start.
Tofu tosa-age. This was DELICIOUS!

Kaiso salad (seaweed salad) always one of my faves.

We then went off to the theatre to see:
Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura
(Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees)

I have been look forward to this all week:
I had the good fortune to see Ebizo XI last time he brought his kabuki production to London in 2006. When I heard that he is back, there was no time to think.....I booked my tickets in a heartbeat.

The venue: Sadler's Wells.

Sadler's Wells near Islington is a thoroughly modern glass structure that is a theatre dedicated to dance productions. It is worth noting that the spot where is stands has long been occupied by theatres names Sadler's Wells since 1683.

The show was spectacular.
Fantastic makeup and custume. Incredibly beautiful set design.

Ebizo's (who is HOT for a bozu lol) performance was impeccable. He moves so gracefully and with such lightness.
He 11th holder of the Ebizo name and the current heir to the Ichikawa Clan of kabuki actors and represents the Naritaya "yago" (guild) which was founded in 1660.

The Naritaya yago specialises in Aragoto style which is my favourite to watch as it is so dramatic and masculine.

I feel much better qualified to call myself a Kabuki and more to the point Ebizo XI fan.

The visual stylized representations of the kabuki actor has long been a favourite source of imagery for me.

I have decorated my net book with one:

As well as my MP3 player.

One day I hope to own an Ukiyo-e too.


  1. that gold polish is gorgeous
    is it streaky or is one coat just good?
    i will go check it out here if its good

    i am uber jealous u got to go cos i want to go too. the husband wont go with me sadly XD

    ukiyo-e! btw need to talk to u about sumo. if its on when u are here, lets go ^^

  2. Your net book design is so adorable. Must note the name of the restaurant - that Kaiso salad looks positively toothsome. How wonderful to relax in the park after a tough week. Now am quite in love with your painted nails today. Glad you Yoshitsune & the thousand cherry trees.
    Sounds magical!

  3. I love your nail design too! so pretty! the gold polish looks totally sweet!

  4. Saturday looked like a great day for you. Love your nails and I know someonelse going to the Kabuki show tonight. Looks amazing. Xxxx

  5. Your legs are gorgeous! It looks like you're getting a bit of colour :). I love the manicure, it reminds me of origami paper... the black and gold look fantastic!

    The Kabuki performance looks amazing! I can't call myself a fan (I have never seen one) but I would love to, someday! The kimono are absolutely gorgeous - I love the fabrics and often buy paper that resembles the patterns.

    The decals are cute! I need to find some to decorate my new netbook (I had sakura flowers on my white one, of course).

  6. Love the nails, they do remind me of the wrapping paper I like to use.

    Now I am dreaming of hitting up a Izakaya here to get my pub food fix even if I can't be downing those beers like I use to.Boo!

    And kabuki...its what i grew up with and love.I just love a man in drag and when he's more beautiful than a woman and a hot guy out of costume such as Ebizio I'm more impressed.
    p.s. wished there was more food pictures(insert sad face here) LOL

  7. Kaahhh that food looks amazing :D

    I've never ever been to a show like that,nevertheless it seems rather amusing and fun to watch ^^

  8. Wow, I love the nails.

    And I'd never heard of a izakaya before..I had to google it! The food at the place in Islington sounds delish though (from the menus which I checked out..haha).

    I feel so uncultured, but thanks so much for sharing some kabuki love with us!

  9. Love the gold nail ,too :)
    The Kabuki looks amazing,beautiful colours ! x

  10. What a wonderful way to spend your Saturday...I wish I'd known about the kabuki production earlier! x

  11. Have taken note on Akari - the food looks amazing!
    Love the 'gold finger plate' on M007!!!

  12. Sexy legs, sexy nails! Whooo Yasumi!!

    I've never seen a Kabuki in person, only on TV. But I can only imagine the power of the performance in person! Love the netbk & MP3 designs!

    Ohh that food looks yummy delish!!

  13. how fun!! i want to go to a kabuki one of these days. that food looks delicious <3 <3 and i LOVE the konad stamp you used!!

  14. hey gal, sorry life was kinda hectic thus missing your post! so much pics been posted since my last visit! wahhh nice legs sunning out there! you got great skills in using konad,that reminds me of the mess i always made out of myself!

    yummy japanese food, where you got the stickers i like it too. maybe i can deco my phone too!

  15. legs legs legs in the morning buy be eggs........legs are still not enough..so i will comment...

  16. ahh theres an izakaya-style restaurant in the big smoke! i might check it out if i have the opportunity..

    weve been wanting to watch kabuki over in japan for a while.. they closed the very old theatre in ginza to a new location now! shame..


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