Kyoto Prize Symposium 2012

Tamasaburo Bando V (Arts and Philosophy), master of Kabuki theater, illustrates his unique art form.

Thursday, March 22, 2012
Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall
University of San Diego

The Inamori Foundation's 26th Annual Kyoto Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Philosophy was presented to Tamasaburo Bando V on November 10, 2011.

Tamasaburo Bando V has devoted his life to perfecting the art ofonnagata (Kabuki female roles) and has become one of the world's most acclaimed Kabuki artists. In June 2011, Bando was chosen by the Inamori Foundation to receive the 27th Annual Kyoto Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Philosophy. Over the course of his career, Bando has created his own unique world in traditional Kabuki theater, and has contributed to many other genres of performing arts.

Bando's acclaimed performances have included the role of Princess Shiranui in the Kabuki drama, Chinsetsu Yumiharizuki (“The Moon Like a Drawn Bow”) and Sagi Musume (“The Heron Maiden”). His unprecedented ability to transform himself into character leaves audiences mesmerized.

Photographs from the 2012 Kyoto Symposium

Tamasaburo Bando V at Podium
Photo of Tamasaburo Bando V
Photo of Tamasaburo Bando V
Tamasaburo Bando V Speaking
Kyoto Laureates
Kyoto Laureates