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Misonoza Theatre in Nagoya introduces MotoGP personalities to Kabuki

Misonoza Theatre in Nagoya introduces MotoGP personalities to Kabuki

Misonoza Theatre in Nagoya introduces MotoGP personalities to Kabuki

Three of MotoGP's stars immersed themselves in some traditional Japanese culture today as a prelude to the forthcoming SKYY VODKA Grand Prix of Japan. Valentino Rossi, Garry McCoy and local boy Noriyuki Haga visited the Misonoza theatre in central Nagoya, where they caught a glimpse of the latest production - 'The Spring Star Kabuki Festival'. Hundreds of years-old Kabuki is a very prestigious and exclusive event, and the actors, who are all male, are well-respected and highly eminent throughout the country. Today the riders met two of the Nakamura brothers, Fukusuke and Hashinosuke, who form part of one of the most famous Kabuki dynasties in Japan.

After watching the final dress rehearsal before the actual play opens to the public, the riders were impressed by what they saw. `It was good to see some of the local culture while we are here in Japan´, said Rossi. `I suppose it is a little like the opera in Italy in that you are not quite sure what is going on and it goes on for four hours normally, but then I haven't ever been to that either! It was definitely an interesting way to spend the afternoon´.

Haga, who is from Nagoya itself was clearly honoured to have been invited to the event, `I obviously knew about Kabuki and the Nakamura, but I have never actually had the chance to go before. It was good to see it at last, and in Nagoya especially, I just hope that next time I am back in Japan I have enough time to catch the whole thing. I'd like to say thank you to Misonoza for inviting us, and thanks to the Nakamura brothers for breaking off from the rehearsal to meet us´.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2003, SKYY VODKA Grand Prix of Japan

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