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Kaomise of Kabuki

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Kao-Mise is originally intended to be the first face-opening ceremony held once a year in Kabuki, which is performed with new faces after a change of actors. The employment contract of actors in the theater was for one year from November to October in Edo era, so the cast changed every November, and the announcement of a new cast to the audience was called Kao-Mise. Kao-Mise is still one of the most important annual events in the Kabuki, and is best known for its performances at the Kabuki-za Theater in Tokyo in November and the Minami-za Theater in Kyoto in December. Kao-Mise at Minami-za Theater in Kyoto has the longest history of all the theater in Japan. The wooden signs with the names of the actors called “Maneki” on the front of the theater has become an end-of-year tradition in Kyoto.