The Art of Kabuki

Kabuki is a form of traditional Japanese drama that emerged at the beginning of the Edo period (1603-1868). Based on popular legends and characterized by striking costumes, stylized acting and the use of both male and female roles by male actors, Kabuki refers to a style of theatre once considered avant-garde.

 Short coat (haori) and blue kimono (sitsuke) with octopus and shell decoration. Japan, 1980s
©Shochiku Costume Co, Ltd, Tokyo