Hey, Iroha. What's that white-painted guy shouting?
Yeah, that's a kabuki actor.
Well, Tina hasn't seen kabuki yet.
What is kabuki?
Kabuki is a theater unique to Japan, and it is one of the traditional performing arts.
Heh, I see! What kind of theater is this "kabuki"?
It's like a Japanese version of a Western musical. There's acting and singing and dancing.
A traditional Japanese musical? Sounds interesting!
But what is it about those people that makes their face white?
That's a special make-up for kabuki. It's called “Kumadori”（隈取）.
It's an exaggeration of the veins and muscles of the face.
Actually, each color has its own meaning. There are also brown shades, which represent ghosts that have been disguised as humans.
Yes, because there are legends of yokai(demons) all over Japan.
Also, Kabuki has its own unique acting technique.
What kind of acting techniques are there?
Typical examples are "Nirami" and "Mie".
Oooh, Tina, you're good!
No, no, not so much~!
By the way, what kind of Kabuki plays are there?
There are two main types of works: "Jidai-mono"（時代物） and "Sewa-mono"（世話物）
Of course, there are many works, but the three great kabuki masterpieces are the most famous of them all.
So this is one of the three great Kabuki masterpieces. I'd like to see them.
When did Kabuki come into existence?
The origin of Kabuki is said to be the Kabuki dance started by a woman named "Okuni". The Kabuki dance was first recorded in 1603, so that must be the beginning of Kabuki.
So, Kabuki has a long history!!
Where can I see Kabuki?
The most famous stage is Kabuki-za in Ginza, Tokyo.
You can also see it at other theaters and movie theaters in Japan.
Let's go to Kabuki-za next time!
Yeah, let's go!