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JP 11 Kabuki-Traditional Japanese Theatre-歌舞伎

Kabuki is one of Japan’s two main forms of traditional theatre. We talk about the importance of Kabuki in Japan and how, although it is often viewed by westerners as “high art”, it was originally rough, dirty entertainment for the masses. In this respect parallels can be drawn with Japanese woodblock printing(Ukiyo-e)


One Response to “JP 11 Kabuki-Traditional Japanese Theatre-歌舞伎”

  1. Kimbalion says:

    Hey guys, it’s Kimbalion from the japanese pod forum!
    Thanks for your podcasts, they’re really interesting!
    Now, my comments/thoughts about this show-
    the Kabukiza theatre won’t be torn down (that’s what I heard about it), they’ll do some renovations on it, for security reasons (like you said the roof could come down) and modernisation (*lol going to ancient toilets before the roof comes down) but it won’t completely disappear… Apparently it’ll re-open 2013, that’s another 2 years, and I wonder what it’ll be like then…
    Kabuki is certainly a strange form of theatre in my opinion, were a tilt of the foot means years worth of walking (or an itch in the actors foot?), something like it. And I can’t stand singing, especially when it’s sounds like a cat complaining. It might be an ancient tradition but I’m too modern for that sort of art. But I still want to check it out if I should ever come to Japan, even if it’s for having a great laugh afterwards.
    I don’t understand the male/female separation though. I do know that back then when women played, it was prostitution with those dresses and dances and then there was the “men” only rule which played the female roles. But then the public got interested in the “young male being a female” thing which restarted the prostitution until they chose “mature” men. Then later only female groups played (I forgot the “T” term again you used in your show XD). But why didn’t they mix again the groups? I don’t get that. Since acting and dressed up like the other gender is far more complicated!
    And- what sort of japanese people visit Kabuki nowadays? What does get them interested in this form of art? Are they young or old? I’d like to know that, it’s interesting! =)
    Anyway, thanks for your shows,
    Cheers Viv