Kabuki Actor

Kabuki was a type of theater that represented the samurai caste in a heroic or tragic light, [1] in a flamboyant way, full of action and color. [2]

Origin Edit

The origin of Noh, Kabuki, and puppetry were the performances made to the shintai, the 'God Body' or statues resembling the Fortunes where was believed the kami entered. [3] Kabuki was a younger art form than Noh and considered by some to be lowbrow. [4]

Theater Edit

It was one of the most common forms of theater in Rokugan, and focused on lively and almost violent action, dancing and tension. Singers and orchestra often provided the backdrop for the actors and key information about the setting. The name Kabuki came from the word kabuki-odori which meant "stylish and shocking dances". The plays made use of elaborate costumes, makeup, sets and special effects to accompany the story, and the actors moved in special stylized patterns known as kata. The set was changed by stagehands dressed entirely in black during the show, and the stage contained many trapdoors and rotating platforms to aid in this endeavor. There were two major types of Kabuki plays; the jidaimono, or "rough stuff style", and the sewamono, the "talk of the town". [5]

Kabuki Theater Troupe

Kabuki Theater Troupe

External Links Edit

Kabuki Mask

A Kabuki Mask


  1. Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, p. 10
  2. Game Master's Guide; 2nd Ed, p. 163
  3. Way of the Phoenix, p. 31
  4. Emerald Empire; Fourth Edition, p. 60
  5. Way of the Crane, p. 64

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