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Kabuki Theatre. ©Umemura Yutaka 2005
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Kabuki Theatre

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Summary/Historical Context

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Kabuki is a Japanese traditional theatre form, which originated in the Edo period at the beginning of the Seventeenth Century and was particularly popular among townspeople. Originally, both men and women acted in Kabuki plays, but eventually only male actors performed the plays: a tradition that has remained to the present day. Male actors specialized in women's roles are called onnagata.

Two other major role types are aragoto (rough style) and wagoto (soft style).

It also exists in a 35 min. version (NTSC)

on this subject: Nomination file /Dossier de candidature

Place/country: Japan,
Series: 2008 Inscriptions on the Representative List/Inscriptions 2008 sur la liste représentative
Type: Documentary
Credits: UNESCO (publisher),
Published in: 2005

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