Introduction to Kabuki

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Kabuki

Introduction to Kabuki

Seijo Univ.Hideo Imai

Contents:

1. Prior knowledge of Kabuki

2. Current Kabuki e.g.) How they act? What is unique?

3. Did Kabuki mimic Noh?

1. Prior knowledge of Kabuki

Kabuki started from DANCEKabuki started from 1603

=2 meanings

1. strange things the crazy ones outlaw 2.(lean) Dancer ((Kabuki-dance)

Banned

How does Kabuki born?

Women-kabuki)

(Men-Kabuki)

1603~1629

Youngman- Kabuki )1629~1652

1563~1673400 y/o2014

2. Current Kabuki

1. (Tachi-yaku)Tachi-yaku represents hero who saves womans life. They are usually young and good-looking men. They are not evil and old. Kabuki Characters (1)

Kabuki Characters (2)2. (Onna-gata)Male acts for female character with ladys voice, behavior and emotions.

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Kabuki Characters (3)3. (Ojou-kissa)

woman man (thief)

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Change

COLORS in KabukiIn Kabuki, face colors are very important to understand their characteristics.

COLORSkinFace Paint

Which lead to better understanding the Kabuki act.11

WHITE

RED

Skin

YoungGood manHandsome guy ()Noble (e.g. King,

Bad man orEnergetic (e.g.

White-Blue

Brown

SkinGood man Bad man (disguise)Lower classOld manEvilNot famous actors

Face Paint

(Hero)(Villain)(Demon/Monster)

3. Did Kabuki mimic Noh?Three evidences

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Noh started before Kabuki.

Women-KABUKI)

(Men-KABUKI)

1603~1629

Youngman-KABUKI )1629~1652

1563~1673

Noh1375~KABUKI (1603~) < NOH (1375~)

Noh and Kabuki are DANCE.

Noh represents DANCE. e.g.)

Dance

= lean) Dance

same

Kabuki & Noh theatre.

Stage

SeatsSeat

StageSeatsSeats

resemble

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Conclusion:Presumably, Kabuki immerged from Noh.However, both play have different way to attract people.

Both Kabuki and Noh still exist as Japanese traditional performance act. Thus, it must be necessary to inherit or protect these wonderful culture for the future generations.

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References: , 1989, (, 2002, http://www2.ntj.jac.go.jp/unesco/kabuki/jp/2/index.html

Interviewee:Mr.Yonekichi-Nakamura, (2014)