Team “WAGAKU“ is an entertainment group that performs Kabuki-style songs and dances on samurai  tokyo bay dinner cruises. “WAGAKU” means learning and enjoying Japanese culture. you can experience the best of Japanese culture on board.

The group is comprised of performers of the Shiki (Four Seasons) Theatrical Company and is proud to offer first-rate shows that guests can view close-up.

The Shiki Theatre company is Japan’s premier provider of all manner of theatrical performances. Working throughout Japan and having been in operation for over 60 years, they pride themselves in bringing quality performances of traditional Japanese theatre and Broadway musicals. In fact, they brought such hits as Lion King and Cats to Japanese audiences. The over 1000 member strong staff of the theatre company comprised of actors, technicians and administrators, work tirelessly to produce stellar performances.

The Atakemaru concept is to combine the pleasure of a night cruise through Tokyo Bay with the pleasant relaxation of dinner theatre. The ship used for the cruise is a replica of an Edo era Japanese battleship. During that era these vessels were crucial in defending and uniting the nation. Their grandeur has been recreated to provide tourists with a wonderful opportunity to be entertained in an unforgettable fashion.

The performances are a blend of several traditional Japanese styles of dance, including Kabuki-style and courtesan-style, which can be enjoyed year-round! Although all the productions put on by the company are in Japanese, they accommodate guest performances by foreign actors.

Dressed in colorful kimono, the actors do song and dance routines accompanied by drums and stringed instruments using fans as props. The performers move in unison, twirling their bodies and whipping and snapping the fans open to accentuate their lines.

Starting at boarding time, the cast comes out to welcome guests, offers a toast, takes commemorative photos, and of course entertains with song and dance to create a special time and ambience onboard. This is participatory entertainment that transcends nationality, age, and gender.

Apart from a wonderful show and the buffet dining and drinks that available, a signature aspect of the cruise is the sights. In 30 to 40 minutes the ship runs past Tokyo Tower and the Rainbow Bridge. This affords a perfect snapshot of the Odiaba area of the city.

About Kabuki

It is said that the origin of “Kabuki” is “kabuku” which is the old Japanese word for “tilt” (katamuku).
In the 16th and 17th centuries, many groups appeared in Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo), who liked fancy costumes and unusual appearances, and acted out of common sense. Such people are called “kabuki-mono (= people)”.

Kabuki mono, headed by Ippei Otori (ippei ootori) and led by about 300 people, is a famous group in this era.

ootori ippei

Kabuki odori (kabuki dance), which incorporates the group’s novel movement and fancy dress, has become popular in Kyoto.

This is the origin of the traditional performing art “kabuki” that continues today.

“It is said that this dance was made by a woman called izumono-okuni, and the main dance was by women.

In modern times Kabuki is played by men, but women did it!
The word “kabu (= dance) -ki (= princess)” has come to be used, partly because of what women did.

In this way, Kabuki was born and evolved into a 400-year-old traditional Japanese performing arts. By all means, please enjoy the Kabuki show on board Tokyo Bay.