Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Japanese Theater

Japanese theater comprises three main styles. Noh the traditional aristocratic and oldest form of Japanese theater (dating from the early 1400's). Bunraku, the puppetry theater and Kabuki the highly stylized classical Japanese dance-drama.

> The Minamiza Theater is the oldest Kabuki theater in Nippon.
Noh masks demonstrate the emotions of the actors much like those that were worn in the plays of Ancient Greece.

In Bunraku-puppetry,the actor is present on the stage but is "hidden" from view by their dark costume.

Kabuki theater originated in the early 1600's and is still extremely popular. The actors wear elaborate make up, hair pieces and costumes as they tell traditional stories of Japanese life in the age of the Samurai.

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