About Kabuki

Kabuki is one of the major types of classical theater in Japan, together with the Noh and the puppet theater. It was developed as a form of popular entertainment for common people in the 17th century. Kabuki is characterized by highly stylized acting, music, and dancing. The staging and costumes are also spectacular. All roles are played exclusively by male actors. Kabuki plays are classified into three types. These are ; historical stories with scenes of exaggerated action, everyday domestic tales, and dance. The length of an average kabuki programs is four to five hours. Some selected scenes from several different plays are acted during a special part of each daily performance. Today regular kabuki performances are mainly help at the kabuki Theater and the National Theater in Tokyo .