Wednesday, July 11, 2018

(1626) And speaking again of Kyoto -from a theater studies point of view

Just after you cross Kamogawa (鴨川) River from the Shijo Ohashi (四条大橋) bridge and before you enter the city's most famous area, Gion (祇園) where everybody comes to spot a geisha or maiko (and usually succeed), you see on your left the statue of Izumo no Okuni (出雲阿国), the priestess from the Izumo Taisha (出雲大社) shrine who, in the early 17th century and the Edo period, gathered a troupe and gave dance, song and drama shows on the river's bed when it was dry. The genre she created still exists today: it's called "Kabuki" (歌舞伎).

(For a bigger version of these pictures both in color and black and white, check my "Japan Arekore" set on Flickr)

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