Kabuki Glasses Review

Kabuki Glasses

Kabuki Glasses 4x13 hands-free binoculars by SantePlus

Kabuki Glasses 4x13 hands-free binoculars by SantePlus
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About Kabuki Glasses by SANTEPLUS
As well as a unique and somewhat quirky design, Kabuki Glasses and how they came about also makes for an interesting and somewhat unique story:

Designed and manufactured in Japan by SantePlus, KabukiGlasses were invented by Naoaki SAKATA, MBA who also has a 2nd Dan in Sumo wrestling.

Born in Japan, he studied for his MBA in Paris and has worked for companies like Panasonic and Michelin before founding and setting up SANTEPLUS in 2006.

This is where he first developed and released the Flexcushion, a super flexible cushion, where the inspiration for the the design came from Sumo.

Kabuki Glasses

Launched in 2013, the 4x13 Kabuki Glasses draw their name from the Kabuki theatres in Japan that showcase the traditional dances of the same name and which is where, along with the opera that these binocular eyeglasses were initially designed to be used.

Like many binoculars made in Japan, Kabuki Glasses use high quality optical glass that the country has become so well known and this is where these hands free binoculars really look to have the edge over much of the competition.

KabukiGlasses and Box

Main Features & Specifications

  • Magnification: 4x
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 13mm
  • High Quality Optical Glass made in Japan
  • 5 lenses and 2 prisms in each barrel
  • Field of View: 225m @1000m (approx: 675ft @ 1000 yds)
  • Angle of View: 50°
  • Eye Relief: 12mm
  • Fixed Focus - from 10m to infinity
  • Weight 3.3oz / 92g
  • Made in Japan

The SANTEPLUS Kabuki Glasses come in a 4x13 configuration, which the inventor insists is ideal for their main purpose of using in the theatre and opera houses. I also feel that if you can get past looking just a little strange they are perfect for many outdoor sporting events like cricket, tennis and baseball.

For more details on this and everything else, please take a look at my full review:

Kabuki Glasses Review

Read my full review of the KabukiGlasses here.

24 Karat gold Version of the KabukiGlassesTwo Versions
There are two different designs The standard Kabuki Glasses (read my full review) and then a luxury version (pictured right) which has 24 Karat Gold leafing on each of the barrels.

How to use Kabuki Glasses

How to use Kabuki Glasses

They are so easy to use: Just turn the small black dial located in between the two barrels, to adjust the width between the two barrels to match that of your eyes.

Then you simply adjust the nose pad for your comfort and that's it. Put them on an everything from 10 meters to infinity is in focus.

Kabuki Glasses Great for Kids

Also Great for Children

In many ways, because they are so easy to use, there is no focusing to take care of, you have a super wide field of view, a low power and you have both hands free, they also make great binoculars for kids.

I tested this with my 6 year old daughter, Kara and whilst she can use standard binoculars reasonably well, she struggles to aim them and as a kid, finds it hard to spend more than 10 seconds without needing to use her hands for something else!

Both of these issues are addressed with these. However on the downside, whilst they are well made and durable, they are not cheap, so I would not recommend unsupervised use.

Where to Buy Kabuki Glasses:

Last time I checked, the standard Kabuki Glasses retailed for around $299.95 in the US. Take a look where to buy and what the current prices of these Japanese made binoculars are in your country by clicking on the links below:


Kabuki Glasses Reviews

Below is my review of the Kabuki Glasses: View >> All Kabuki Binoculars that I have reviewed.

Kabuki Glasses Review

Originally designed for the theater, the high quality Japanese made Kabuki Glasses are also ideal for many other hands free uses like the opera, ballet, concerts and both outdoor and indoor sporting events.

Price: (3/6) Mid Priced Binoculars

View >> All the KabukiGlasses Binoculars reviewed on BBR.

Kabuki Theater

Kabuki Theater form Japan歌舞伎 or Kabuki is a traditional Japanese dramatic dance.

Kabuki theatres are characterized by their stylization version of the drama and the elaborate make-up and costumes worn by the theatre performers.

Being a theatre and thus also similar to opera, this is obviously where the name of KabukiGlasses comes from.

SANTEPLUS Contact Details:

Manufacturers of the KabukiGlasses, SantePlus are based in Japan:

4-1-10 Gokodori,
YAYA Building 6th floor
Chuo-ku, Kobe,
HYOGO 651-0087

Tel. + 81-78-855-7778
Email: info [at] kabukiglasses.com