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Kabuki Theater A Treasured Art Japanese theater also known as Kabuki is an ancient form of Japanese art It was created early in the 1600s by a shrine maiden Okuni who brought her uniquebeautifuland expressive dance style to the ancient capital of Japan Kyoto and for the next 3 centuries it evolved into one of the most respected and the most beautiful forms of theater Even though Kabuki was created by a woman since the very beginning all parts have been played by men Men who act out the roles of women are called onnagata meaning female role specialists Ichimura Manjiro an infamous actor who actively participates in Kabuki is an onnagataOnnagatas all wear elaborate costumes including padding to make them look more like womenThey also have magnificent wigs in many complicated styles along with complete makeup as a woman would wearAfter dressing for their part onnagatas are unrecognizable from their original persona The onnagatas can not have facial hair of any sort and must have trimmed eyebrows as a woman must be well groomed Mostly Kabuki plays and dances are relatively based on past centuries it can be about just about anything ranging from important historical events or the life of people in the Edo period 1600-1868 For every play the original sets music costumes and the roles themselves all help to create the highly enjoyable experience of going to Kabuki theater Kabuki theater is musical theater its filled with dance various oriental music based mostly on percussion There are two instrumental groups on the kabuki stage How its set up usually is that on the left of the stage is a small room with a narrow window this is called a kuromisu inside this room sit the players who play the background music called the geza But on the right side of the stage is a platform the choba yuka on which the tayu
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