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Kabuki

Kabuki, traditional Japanese popular drama with singing and dancing performed in a highly stylized manner. Created by: PICRYLDated: 0001
Shibata Renzaburo
Kabuki is a form of traditional Japanese theater. Kabuki theater is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by its performers. A rich blend of music, dance, mime, and spectacular staging and costuming, it has been the chief theatrical form in Japan for almost four centuries.

The term kabuki originally suggested the unorthodox character of this art form. The individual kanji characters, from left to right, are ka, meaning “sing” (歌); bu, signifying “dance” (舞); and ki, meaning “skill” (伎). Kabuki is therefore sometimes translated as "the art of singing and dancing."
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Kabuki Theatrical Performance

Kabuki Theatrical Performance

Title: Theatrical Performance.Artist: Kusakabe Kimbei.Artist Bio: Japanese, 1841 - 1934.Creation Date: c. 1890s.Process: albumen print.Credit Line: Gift of Rudi Bianchi.Accession Number: 1999.039.030

Photograph of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton Greeting Kabuki Theatre Performers On-Stage

Photograph of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton Greeting Kabuki Theatr...

This item is a photograph of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton greeting Kabuki Theatre performers on-stage in Tokyo, Japan. The image was photographed by Barbara Kinney. Photographs Relating to the Clinton Ad... More

Danjūrō Ichikawa IX as Benkei in Kanjin-chō (1894)

Danjūrō Ichikawa IX as Benkei in Kanjin-chō (1894)

日本語: 九代目市川團十郎の弁慶(明治廿七年六月東京歌舞伎座『勧進帳』) English: Danjūrō Ichikawa IX (1838–1903) as Benkei in the June 1894 Tokyo Kabuki-za production of Kanjinchō

Danshirō Ichikawa II as Shōgun Yoshikado and Ennosuke Ichikawa II as Tawara no KoTōta

Danshirō Ichikawa II as Shōgun Yoshikado and Ennosuke Ichikawa II as T...

日本語: 二代目市川段四郎の六部妙典実ハ将軍良門(左)二代目市川猿之助の下男茂作実ハ田原小藤太、明治四十三年十月東京歌舞伎座「二代目市川段四郎・二代目市川猿之助  襲名披露興行」から『鎌髭』 English: Danshirō Ichikawa II as Shōgun Yoshikado disguised as Rokubu Myōten (left) and Ennosuke Ichikawa II as T... More

Enjaku Jitsukawa II

Enjaku Jitsukawa II

日本語: 二代目實川延若 English: Kabuki actor Enjaku Jitsukawa II (1877–1951)

Fukusuke Nakamura V Narikomaya

Fukusuke Nakamura V Narikomaya

日本語: 成駒屋五代目中村福助 English: Kabuki actor Fukusuke Nakamura V Narikomaya (1900–33)

Fukusuke Nakamura VI as Madman Onatsu 1939

Fukusuke Nakamura VI as Madman Onatsu 1939

日本語: 六代目中村福助の狂女お夏、昭和14年12月東京歌舞伎座『お夏狂乱』より English: Fukusuke Nakamura VI (1917–2001) as Madman Onatsu, in the December 1939 Tokyo Kabuki-za production of Onatsu Kyōran

Ichimura uzaemon xv 1930

Ichimura uzaemon xv 1930

This is a photograph of the popular Meiji period kabuki actor Ichimura Uzaemon XV taken at the Kabukiza in 1930 in Tokyo. He is dressed as Togashi, the aristocrat in charge of the road barrier in the play Kanj... More

Kanemon Nakamura III Returns from Beiging China 6 Nov 1955

Kanemon Nakamura III Returns from Beiging China 6 Nov 1955

「一時亡命」先の中国・北京から三年ぶりに帰国した三代目中村翫右衛門(右・眼鏡)と出迎える四代目河原崎長十郎

Kataoka Gado 13 1955 Scan10006

Kataoka Gado 13 1955 Scan10006

13th Kataoka Gato (Kabuki Actor). taken in July 1955. 日本語: 十三代目 片岡我童(襲名披露興行での口上。1955年7月)

Kikugoro kagamijishi yayoi

Kikugoro kagamijishi yayoi

日本語: 「春興鏡獅子」の弥生を演じる尾上菊五郎 (6代目)。『舞臺のおもかげ尾上菊五郎』安部豊編 (京文社, 1922)English: Onoe Kikugoro XI as Yayoi from Kabuki "Shunkyo Kagamijishi" in c.1920

Kikugorō Onoe VI as Matahei and Baigyoku Nakamura III as Otoku in Keisei Hangon-kō (1939)

Kikugorō Onoe VI as Matahei and Baigyoku Nakamura III as Otoku in Keis...

日本語: 六代目尾上菊五郎の又平(左)と三代目中村梅玉のお徳(昭和十四年五月東京歌舞伎座『傾城反魂香・吃又』) English: Kikugorō Onoe VI (1885–1949, left) as Matahei and Baigyoku Nakamura III (1875–1948) as Otoku in the May 1939 Tokyo Kabuki-za production of Keise... More

Nakamura Kaisha

Nakamura Kaisha

"Koharu" in the "Shinjū Ten no Amijima" played by Kaisha Nakamura (Kabuki actor) . 日本語: 『心中天網島・河庄』より、中村魁車の小春。

Onoe Kikunosuke III as Oyuki 1935

Onoe Kikunosuke III as Oyuki 1935

日本語: 1935年3月五代目尾上菊五郎33回忌追善興行における『水天宮利生深川』、坂東亀之助の妹お霜、丑之助改メ尾上菊之助の娘お雪 English: Onoe Kikunosuke III (Onoe Baiko VII) as Oyuki in Suitengu Megumi no Fukagawa.

Onoe Matsusuke as Yohei 1935

Onoe Matsusuke as Yohei 1935

日本語: 1935年3月五代目尾上菊五郎33回忌追善興行における『水天宮利生深川』、伊三郎改メ尾上松助の与兵衛 English: Onoe Matsusuke V as Yohei in Suitengu Megumi no Fukagawa.

Onoe Taganojo the 3rd

Onoe Taganojo the 3rd

日本語: 三代目尾上多賀之丞

Sadanji Ichikawa II and Sergei Eisenstein

Sadanji Ichikawa II and Sergei Eisenstein

日本語: 二代目市川左團次(左)とロシアの映画監督セルゲイ・エイゼンシュテイン(昭和三年、モスクワ) English: Japanese kabuki actor Sadanji Ichikawa II (left, 1880–1940) and Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein (1898–1948), Moscow, 1928

Sakata Tojuro IV Senjaku II 1955 Scan10004

Sakata Tojuro IV Senjaku II 1955 Scan10004

Nakamura Senjaku II (Sakata Tōjūrō IV). taken in 1955. 日本語: 四代目坂田藤十郎(二代目扇雀時代。1955年)

Sanshō Ichikawa as Yamagami Gennaizaemon in Zōhiki

Sanshō Ichikawa as Yamagami Gennaizaemon in Zōhiki

日本語: 五代目市川三升(贈十代目團十郎)、『象引』の山上源内左衛門長直 English: Sanshō Ichikawa V (Danjūrō X) (1882–1956) as Yamagami Gennaizaemon Nagatada in October 1933 Kabuki-za prodction of Zōhiki

Shōchō Ichikawa II as Tōjin Okichi

Shōchō Ichikawa II as Tōjin Okichi

日本語: 二代目市川松蔦の唐人お吉、昭和四年七八月歌舞伎座『唐人お吉』より English: Shōchō Ichikawa II (1886–1940) as the title role in the July–August 1929 Kabuki-za production of Tōjin Okichi

Utaemon Nakamura VI April 1951

Utaemon Nakamura VI April 1951

日本語: 六代目中村歌右衛門、昭和26年4月東京歌舞伎座「六代目中村歌右衛門襲名披露興行」の『口上』を終えて English: Utaemon Nakamura VI (1917–2001) at his succession as Utaemon VI, April 1951 Tokyo Kabuki-za

Utaemon Nakamura VI in Kōjō, April 1951

Utaemon Nakamura VI in Kōjō, April 1951

日本語: 六代目中村歌右衛門、昭和26年4月東京歌舞伎座「六代目中村歌右衛門襲名披露興行」の『口上』より English: Utaemon Nakamura VI (1917–2001) at his succession as Utaemon VI, April 1951 Tokyo Kabuki-za

Uzaemon Ichimura XV as Sashichi

Uzaemon Ichimura XV as Sashichi

日本語: 十五代目市村羽左衛門の佐七、大正十四年七月東京歌舞伎座上演の『江戸育於祭佐七』より English: Uzaemon Ichimura XV (1874–1945) as in Sashichi in the July 1925 Kabuki-za production of Edo-sodachi Omatsuri Sashichi.

Uzaemon Ichimura XVI 1951 Scan10007

Uzaemon Ichimura XVI 1951 Scan10007

Uzaemon Ichimura XVI. taken in 1951. 日本語: 十六代目 市村羽左衛門(1951年)

Acteur de kabuki Noo dancer

Acteur de kabuki Noo dancer

Hand colored albumen print. Published by Stillfried & Andersen.

Dojoji by Okada Saburosuke (Kabuki-za)

Dojoji by Okada Saburosuke (Kabuki-za)

Dojoji (Nakamura Shikan V [Nakamura Utaemon V] in Dōjōji (A Maiden at Dōjōji)), by Okada Saburosuke, Kabuki-za, Tokyo, Japan 日本語: 岡田三郎助 <道成寺> (五代目中村芝翫「五代目中村歌右衛門」)

Hidetarō Kataoka II

Hidetarō Kataoka II

日本語: 演劇出版社『演劇界』第25巻第12号(1967)より二代目片岡秀太郎 English: Hidetarō Kataoka II

Izumi Yukimura 1957 Scan10002

Izumi Yukimura 1957 Scan10002

Izumi Yukimura. taken in December 1957. 日本語: 雪村いづみ(菊田一夫の東宝歌舞伎『忠臣蔵』での大星力弥。1957年12月)

Shibata Renzaburo

Shibata Renzaburo

日本語: 文春歌舞伎出演時の柴田錬三郎

Seppuku

Seppuku

Seppuku with ritual attire and second. This is from a play in the Meiji Era. 日本語: 切腹の様子(明治時代の芝居より)