Kabuki Gate

Kabuki Gate

Specialnormal Inc.
Narita, Cuba
Koichi Torimura

Kabuki Gate

Specialnormal Inc. as Architects

Kabuki Gate has two features: an interactive gallery, which aims to disseminate the world of Kabuki, a traditional Japanese performing art, to the world; and a shop selling original goods and select products associated with Kabuki. This new concept facility opened at Narita International Airport Terminal 1.

Specialnormal Inc. engaged in extensive design direction from the interior design to products and display development.

About the interior design, Japanese vertical lattices were used as motifs in order to express modern yet Japanese beauty within the space, but also incorporate two different features, a gallery and a shop.

On the surface of wooden vertical lattices at the interactive gallery side, symbolic Kabuki colors - black, yellowish brown and light green-, which are commonly used for Joshikimaku, a tricolor Kabuki theater curtain, were applied. Each colors attract airport users who walk by in front of Kabuki Gate. The warmth of wooden vertical lattices and the tricolors were complemented by three mirrored surface pillars reminiscent of vermilion lacquering.

For costume display at the gallery, to show the charm of actual costumes in Kabuki performances, mannequins, which can pose in various positions, were specially developed. Costumes on these mannequin-displays will be replaced every 3 months matching the four seasons of Japan, so that customers can feel the Japanese four seasons together with a variety of Kabuki costumes.

In addition to these, on the tablet computers provided at the gallery, a special software ' Kabuki Face Photo Booth ' can be used by visitors. A composite photo with Kumadori make-up will be produced by the application. You can send the photo to your smartphones so that you can keep your memento of your Kabuki experience.

At the shop next to the interactive gallery, Kabuki Gate original products, which were designed by the more modern perspective and interpretation of Kabuki, are available.

This newly opened Kabuki Gate is the best place, where visitors, especially from overseas, can experience real Kabuki for the first time.

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