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Kabuki Theater Costumes Kabuki Theatre Costumes Kabuki, traditional Japanese popular drama with singing and dancing performed in a highly stylized manner. A rich blend of music, dance, mime, and spectacular staging and costuming, it has been a major theatrical form in Japan for almost four centuries. The term kabuki originally suggested the unorthodox and shocking character of this art form.

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Noh | Tramping a Perpetual Journey: Noh - Japanese Theater III

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JAPAN. Tokyo. 1984. Ebizo, a famous Kabuki actor, in makeup for the character of Kagekiyo. © Burt Glinn/Magnum Photos

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Bando Tamasburo, Male Kabuki legend. Photo by Kishin Shinoyama. Despite being founded by a Miko (a female shaman), called Izumo no Ikuni, Kabuki actors are now all men. S)

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Sea of Shoes: Bando Tamasburo, male kabuki legend, by Kishin Shinoyama

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Costume of a Bando Tamasaburo (Kabuki actor specialized in female roles)

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Japanese Kabuki Theatre - I like the use of black as the background, creating drama, and also highlighting the colours of the Kabuki costume.

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arelativenewcomer: “ Costumes of high-ranking courtesans, oiran, are among the most spectacular in kabuki. They are characterised by extravagance and effusion of colours and patterns. At the first...

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Kabuki (歌舞伎) - a traditional Japanese form of theater with roots tracing back to the Edo Period. It is recognized as one of Japan's three major classical theaters along with noh and bunraku, and has been named as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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