Japanese Kabuki

Here is a pic of a kabuki rock star! Can you believe this guy has groupies following him around? You can buy his posters and hang them around your home if you like.

If you ever make it to Japan, you may want to check out a Kabuki play.

Kabuki plays are usually about big events or the everyday life of people in the Edo period (1600-1868) This is one of the most traditional things to check out here in Japan. (I like Sumo)

Mostly old people like Kabuki or young cultured people.

Kabuki is a family business for men that has been passed down for around 400 years. Most Kabuki families are very rich. About 50 years ago these people were looked down on because they ‘re in show business but now, things are booming and no one looks down on Kabuki actors. They’re all stars now.

Kabuki actors start training usually from the age of two or three years old.
The posses and the way Kabuki actors move are very controlled, precise and deliberate. Remembering all the moves and dances takes years because the body has to be conditioned along with the mind. This training is for the voice too, they speak and sing in a very distinct way. Training is kind of like mastering Aikido or Karate, doing things over and over learning and making new distinctions that will get you closer to mastering each part that makes up the art as a whole. This is what really excites me about the Japanese. Hell I got the attention span of an ant but feel its gotten better and believe it has a lot to do with living in Japan.

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