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Yokoso Japan: Traditional Performing Arts

Kabuki
The most popular Japanese performance in the world is Kabuki. Kabuki is known for the elaborate make-up worn by some of its performers and the stylization of its drama.
 
Noh
The highly stylized theater of Noh exudes the world of yugen, a deeply aesthetic value based on a profound and refined beauty that goes beyond words and concrete shapes. Its origin is in religious ritual and it has a long history of 700 years. Though the actor, dressed in traditional  Japanese costume, either wears a mask to hide the expression on his face or performs without expression, his dance is lyrical and graceful.
 
Bunraku
A Bunraku puppet play is a wonderful and heartfelt description of conflicts between established ethical ideas and the reality of love and life and turmoil in the emotions of the common people. It is performed along with jouri (ballad chanting) to the accompaniment of shimasen (a three-stringed musical instrument).
 
Bunkaru is Puppet Theater performed by three puppeteers. The movement of the lead puppet is operated by the three puppeteers working in precise cooperation. The Bunraku puppets almost become alive in the eyes of the audience, accompanied by shamisen music, the narration of dialogue and gorgeous costumes, and one can only marvel at the quality of the performance.

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