Bando Tamasburo, Male Kabuki legend. Photo by Kishin Shinoyama. Despite being founded by a Miko (a female shaman), called Izumo no Ikuni, Kabuki actors are now all men. S)

yan-wo: “ Sea of Shoes: Bando Tamasburo, male kabuki legend, by Kishin Shinoyama ”

Traditional Dancer, Okinawa Pref.,Japan

A pair of classical Okinawan dancers wait for their cue to enter the stage at the Okinawan Culture Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Japanese traditional theater, Kabuki, traditional Japanese popular drama with singing and dancing performed in a highly stylized manner. A rich blend of music, dance, mime, and spectacular staging and costuming, it has been a major theatrical form in Japan for almost four centuries.

Japanese traditional theater, Kabuki, traditional Japanese popular drama with…

Kagura dance - Japanese Shinto theatrical dance, with roots arguably predating those of Noh and performed at Shinto shrine dedicated to God. 神楽

Kagura dance - Japanese Shinto theatrical dance, with roots arguably predating those of Noh and performed at Shinto shrine dedicated to the Spirits 神楽

Noh mask, the 3 single lines of hair at the front of the hairline indicate a woman of enormous beauty

"Okame" noh mask, the 3 single lines of hair at the front of the hairline indicate a woman of enormous beauty

Masks and costumes from traditional Japanese Noh theater

Japanese Noh theater contained ghost tales connected to Buddhist lore for warrior class, the samurai.

Japanese Kabuki Theatre - I like the use of black as the background, creating drama, and also highlighting the colours of the Kabuki costume.

Japanese Kabuki Theatre - use of black as the background, creating drama, and also highlighting the colours of the Kabuki costume.

Japanese traditional Noh theater http://www.pinterest.com/hidehikomurao/japanese-art/

Japanese traditional Noh theater http://www.pinterest.com/hidehikomurao/japanese-art/

Japanese traditional puppet theater, Bunraku 文楽 Bunraku shares many themes with kabuki. In fact, many plays were adapted for performance both by actors in kabuki and by puppet troupes in bunraku. Bunraku is particularly noted for lovers' suicide plays. The story of the forty-seven ronin is also famous in both bunraku and kabuki.

Japanese traditional puppet theater, Bunraku 文楽 Bunraku shares many themes with kabuki. Bunraku is particularly noted for lovers' suicide plays. The story of the forty-seven ronin is also famous in both bunraku and kabuki.

Kabuki featuring Ebizo Ichikawa XI at Sadler's Wells, London, Great Britain rehearsal 3rd June 2010 Ichikawa Ebizo (as Sato Tadanobu / the fox Genkuro) Photograph by Elliott Franks

Kabuki featuring Ebizo Ichikawa XI at Sadler's Wells, London, Great Britain rehearsal June 2010 Ichikawa Ebizo (as Sato Tadanobu / the fox Genkuro) Photograph by Elliott Franks

The Antidote - Kabuki traditional Japanese theatre

Japanese traditional theater, Kabuki 歌舞伎 Kabuki Theater - wonderful experience with Yoshiko

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