kabuki performance and culture is full of rich words and phrases.
word to view a picture pertaining to the corresponding word(s).
at the entrance on to the Hana michi
(“rough stuff” or “bombast”) is a style of acting. It was
conceived and perfected by the great Ichikawa Danjuro I. It
is an attempt to portray the superman and has historical origins
in the legends.
Stage curtain, turquoise blue in color, used independently of
the main curtain.
Dancing term, a principle meaning “good order of steps”
large hand held plectrum used by a shamisen player
Changes in disposition and emotion of the main character
Type of puppet theater that became very popular because of it's
- 1724) Japan's most famous playwright of both puppet and kabuki
An ensemble consisting of singer and shamisen player which performs
the gidayu style of joururi narrative music
division of a piece or melody
An early form of kabuki
Large group of
musicians at the rear of the stage
Old pre-Meiji era name of Tokyo;
This was the period in which Kabuki started.
Dressing room, green room.
1688 - 1704. A particularly prolific period of development of the
This is the aisle that was used to pass through seats, allowing access
to the stage in the Kabuki Theaters. The players used this passage, and
utilized it as a part of the stage as well.
Ensemble of three drums (o-tsuzumi, ko, tsuzumi, taiko) and flute
originally used in the noh theatre
originated in Noh
originated in Kabuki
Ijumono Okuni was the founder of Okuni Kabuki, and she is recognized as
'the first woman of Kabuki'. She organized a theater group and traveled
through Japan. In 1603, after the success of the Nebuchuodori play in
Kyoto, she added the simple dramas that developed into Okuni Kabuki.
A type of kabuki
drama based upon historical subject matter dealing with the warrior and
ornate form of theater, kabuki features male actors, who play both
female and male characters. They are usually outfitted in luxurious,
classical wardrobes. Masks are prevalent as well. Common topics are the
lives of court members and samurai.
of musical genres within the same play
stage tricks and the art of acrobatic acting
The costume used most frequently in kabuki. It consists of a wide
shouldered shawl (kataginu) over a set of wide overtrousers (hakama).
both are worn over an outer kimono (kitsuke)
Ki and Tsuke
Ki are a pair of clappers of hard kashi wood. They are struck together
to mark the beginning or the end of a scnece.
"Continuous pattern" of the ki that starts with slow loud clacks and
accelerates and tapers to nothing. It accompanies the drawing of the
Comical interludes between noh plays
The stage manager that gives signals to the actors with wooden clappers
of kabuki developed from the mannerisms of the puppets in puppet
(Journeys). A “journey” is a dance interlude in a long play.
of the principle musical forms in kabuki. This sectionalized piece
can be used to accompany dance, recount action or set a general
Handsome male roles
Type of puppet show, greatly influenced Kabuki.
early 17th century temple dancer to whom the icreation of the first
kabuki is attributed
Kabuki originated in the early-Edo period as a play in which 'Okuni'
(Female actors) who called themselves dancers, or ' Miko', performed
simple dramas. This theatre presented 'Gyoto', or profanity, and
debased the play about Nebuchuodori (the Buddhist Invocation Dance).
'Female form'. Male actors in the Kabuki Theater who played
name for the large variety of fans important in all forms of Japanese
theatre and dance, and one of the most important props in kabuki
Large stick drum used in the geza which originally was used
to announce the start of a play from the yagura
Rank of fully qualified actor
hour glass drum played on the shoulder
(Love Scenes). Love scenes are called nureba (“wet scenes”) because
they reduce the audience to tears
Three-stringed instrument used as accompaniment in all styles of theatre
The warrior class of the old feudal system
Regional Shinto shrine music
relating to everyday life in the Edo period
pronunciation of samisen
song and dance
style of delivery found throughout kabuki where even in intimate scenes
the actors face straight out to the audience
Technical term for dance pieces in Kabuki
Dancing in ordinary costume
Trap door in the hanamichi
Kind of tambourine used in dancing
Actors that play mainly male roles
choreographed fight scene
Room from which the actors make their entry on the hanamichi.
clappers beaten on a board to emphasize dramatic moments on stage
Puppets used for minor rolls in the doll theatres
Thin straw matting used on the Kabuki stage
Main division of vocal music whose emphasis is on rhythm and melody as
In the early Edo period, young boys with specific facial features,
called Wakashu, played. It was popular after the suppression of Ona
Kabuki, in which women were the principal players. Because it caused an
affront to public morality, Wakashu Kabuki was prohibited in 1652.
Young men’s role
Shop name of an actor
Tower over the
entrance to the theatre
A 7-5 arrangement of syllables set to music
Sect of wandering priests
Dancing with spears and other weapons
Type of sandal with thong between the toes