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Ichikawa Ebizo, son eye record-breaking aerial stunts in July kabuki performance

Ichikawa Ebizo and son Kangen Horikoshi pray for the safe performance of their upcoming aerial stage acts at the "shubatsushiki" ceremony on June 29, 2017, at the Kabukiza Theatre in Tokyo's Ginza area. (Mainichi)

Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo and his son are set to perform aerial stunts together in an upcoming kabuki play, which will make Kangen Horikoshi, 4, the youngest in kabuki history to perform the stunts.

The 39-year-old actor and his son are set to perform the stunts together during the evening portion of the Kabukiza Theatre's July Kabuki Program in the play "Daemon Hana no Gosho Ibun." The duo took part in a "shubatsushiki," a Shinto purification ceremony, on June 29 with other show participants to pray for their safety during their stunts ahead of the start of the program on July 3.

The play revives a piece based on the kabuki classic "Akiba Gongen Kaisen Banashi," which tells the story of Nippon Daemon, a famous thief who appears in kabuki. They will perform the aerial acts together with Ichikawa playing the role of Akiba Gongen, a god who prevents fires, and Kangen the god's messenger, a white fox.

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