Kureha-za, a local popular theater, was built in the 1870s in the present Ikeda City, Osaka Prefecture. It is a two-storied wooden building. The façade is characteristic of the traditional Kabuki theater, with its broad eaves and the drummer’s balcony on the gabled wall. Inside is the turning stage, which was revolved by men in the stone-walled basement.

Hanamichi, another traditional feature of the Kabuki stage, runs through the parquet. In addition to Kabuki plays, modern dramas, political plays and movies were performed here. It was also used frequently as a meeting hall.

The theater was rebuilt in the Meiji-Mura in 1971. It was designated as an ‘Important Cultural Property’ in 1984


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