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Transforming the traditional world of kabuki with Kinoshita-Kabuki

Stage Mar 12, 2019

Transforming the traditional world of kabuki with Kinoshita-Kabuki

by Nobuko Tanaka

For many people, the mention of kabuki brings to mind images of exaggerated makeup on actors' white-painted faces, beautiful kimono costumes and colorful sets with dramatic backdrops. Then there are the distinctive standardized movements; classic poses (mie) expressing certain emotions; the precisely choreographed fights and ...

Expats to be offered kabuki music experience in Tokyo

Entertainment News Feb 13, 2017

Expats to be offered kabuki music experience in Tokyo

Foreign residents in Tokyo will have the opportunity to try their hand at nagauta, the musical accompaniment to kabuki theater, in February and March. Played on shamisen, a musical instrument resembling a lute, kabuki musicians who usually perform at Tokyo's Kabukiza Theater will perform part ...

Kabuki actor, silent film narrator keep traditions alive

Film Oct 28, 2016

Kabuki actor, silent film narrator keep traditions alive

by May Masangkay

For kabuki actor Onoe Kikunosuke and silent film narrator Ichiro Kataoka, keeping old traditions alive and sharing them with as many local and foreign fans as possible remain their mission. Kikunosuke, who performed in an onnagata female role in "Sagi Musume" ("Heron Maiden") in an ...