Japan in Photos – Kabuki Day

By Staff Writer
February 04, 2022
Kabuki is a highly stylized form of Japanese theater famous featuring actors performing dramatic roles in elaborate costumes and heavy makeup, speaking in a unique singing style. Although kabuki performers are all male today, the art originated with a woman named Izumo no Okuni, who is believed to have first put on a performance for Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Shogun of the Edo Period, on February 20, 1607. As a result, February 20 is today celebrated as Kabuki Day, when special performances are put on across the country, and now even around the world.

A poster for a kabuki play, depicting a man in kimono holding an umbrella

The front of the Kabuki-za theater in Tokyo

Inside a traditional kabuki theater
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