N˘gaku theatre had its heyday in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, but actually originated in the eighth century when the Sangaku was transmitted from China to Japan. At the time, the term Sangaku referred to various types of performance featuring acrobats, song and dance as well as comic sketches. Its subsequent adaption to Japanese society led to its assimilation of other traditional art forms. Today, N˘gaku is the principal form of Japanese theatre and has influenced the puppet theatre as well as Kabuki.
Series: 2008 Inscriptions on the Representative List/Inscriptions 2008 sur la liste reprÚsentative