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Fight with a carp: Seeing the spectacle at the Fountains of Bellagio

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Kabuki actor Ichikawa Somegoro fights with a giant carp during the Kabuki masterpiece Koi Tsukami or “Fight with a Carp” about the Fountains of Bellagio on Saturday, August 15, 2015.
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Ichikawa Somegoro, right, and Nakamura Yonekichi perform during the Kabuki production "Koi-Tsukami," or "Fight with a Carp," on a stage set in the Fountains of Bellagio on the Las Vegas Strip Friday, Aug. 14, 2015.

Ichikawa Somegoro, right, and Nakamura Yonekichi perform during the Kabuki production "Koi-Tsukami," or "Fight with a Carp," on a stage set in the Fountains of Bellagio on the Las Vegas Strip Friday, Aug. 14, 2015.

Shochiku Kabuki Spectacle | Fountains of Bellagio | August 15, 2015

Things really haven’t changed much at Bellagio over the years, so we tend to pay attention when something new and different arrives. There may have been a cultural disconnect (and limited vantage points) for the average Strip pedestrian staking a spot to watch the iconic dancing fountains and catching the new and different, the Shochiku company’s presentation of the traditional “fight with a carp” Kabuki performance amplified by high-definition video projection on the lake’s wall of water. But a more comprehensive understanding is underrated when you’re seeing something few people ever will.

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