Saotome Taichi (早乙女 太一), a well-known Onnagata (女形), male actors that impersonate women in Japanese theatre (kabuki).
The Japanese theater Kabuki
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798~1861), Gonbei Token looking at himself in a mirror, his black kimono patterned with scenes from hell (1845); Token Gonbei a hero lauded for his loyalty in the feud between Jurozaemon Mizuno and Chobei in 17th century.Chobei Banzuiin avenged his lord Chobei and killed Mizuno for which was captured by the armed forces of the shogunate and executed. The story was immortalized in various kabuki plays.
KABUKI COSTUME Kabuki costume Japanese, Meiji era, late 19th or early 20th centuries DIMENSIONS: Center back: 182.9 cm (72 in.) MEDIUM OR TECHNIQUE: Wool plain weave embroidered with metallic thread and appliqued with wool and cotton plain weave, plastic
Japanese Classical Theatre Kabuki 歌舞伎
Japanese Book Cover Kabuki and Yoshiwara
Kabuki Actor Attributed to Torii Kiyonobu (Japanese, 1664–1729) Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: ca. 1708 Culture: Japan Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Mom loved Kabuki...I can't say the same for the rest of us. When we lived in Japan Mom and Dad took us to a Kabuki Theater to see the performance. After about 15 minutes Dad gladly left with my little brother and me to go to the nearby PX for candy bars and comic books. Mom happily finished watching the program in peace.......Elizabeth