BANDO TAMASBURO, MALE KABUKI LEGEND, BY KISHIN SHINOYAMA

BANDO TAMASBURO, MALE KABUKI LEGEND, BY KISHIN SHINOYAMA

Saotome Taichi (早乙女 太一), a well-known Onnagata (女形), male actors that impersonate women in Japanese theatre (kabuki).

Saotome Taichi (早乙女 太一), a well-known Onnagata (女形), male actors that impersonate women in Japanese theatre (kabuki).

Japanese Kagura theater Kabuki - traditional Japanese opera, more similar to the Chinese then Europen opera

Japanese Kagura theater Kabuki - traditional Japanese opera, more similar to the Chinese then Europen opera

The Actor Nakamura Tomijuro as a Woman Wearing a Ippitsusai Bunchō (Japanese, active 1760–1794). Red Cape, ca. 1772. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1925 (JP1460)

The Actor Nakamura Tomijuro as a Woman Wearing a Ippitsusai Bunchō (Japanese, active 1760–1794). Red Cape, ca. 1772. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1925 (JP1460)

fromthefloatingworld: Bando tamasaburo sagi musume red kimono by blackblizzard661 on Flickr.

fromthefloatingworld: Bando tamasaburo sagi musume red kimono by blackblizzard661 on Flickr.

National Living Treasure of Japan, Bandō Tamasaburō V (b. 1950) is a Kabuki actor, and the most popular and celebrated onnagata (an actor specializing in female roles) currently on stage. 五代目 坂東玉三郎 人間国宝

National Living Treasure of Japan, Bandō Tamasaburō V (b. 1950) is a Kabuki actor, and the most popular and celebrated onnagata (an actor specializing in female roles) currently on stage. 五代目 坂東玉三郎 人間国宝

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