This was amazing. The entire performance lasts about 4 hours, with 2 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute break. There are no audio guides in Kyoto's kabuki (there are in Tokyo), but none is needed. For a small amount (I've forgotten how much) you can purchase a program that has both Japanese and English explanations of the story. It's more than adequate. And to experience the amazement of kabuki you do not need a translation - the costumes, the stagecraft, the scenery and the acting have it all. Spend the money (it's not cheap) and go if you can.
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