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Sing-Dance-Skill – Kabuki

Kabuki is a traditional Japanese form of theater with its origins in the Edo period. Kabuki theatre is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by its performers. Kabuki is therefore sometimes translated as, the art of singing and dancing. These are, however, ateji, characters that do not reflect actual etymology. The word kabuki is believed to derive from the verb kabuku, meaning to lean or to be out of the ordinary, so kabuki can be interpreted to mean avant-garde or bizarre theatre.

Kabuki plays are about historical events, moral conflicts in love relationships and the like. The actors use an old fashioned language which is difficult to understand even for some Japanese people. They speak in a monotonous voice and are accompanied by traditional Japanese instruments.

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