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Arts feature

The joy of kabuki

Louise Levene on the Japanese art form you can now watch at home

8 July 2023

9:00 AM

8 July 2023

9:00 AM

It’s a long climb up the 1,368 steps to the Shinto shrine at Kotohira. Many of the pilgrims are making comfort stops at the countless teahouses that line the route, but other worshippers break their journey at Kanamaru-za, the oldest surviving kabuki theatre in Japan.

Kabuki, with its vivid stock characters, juicy plots and sumptuous costumes, has always been the most popular and accessible of the Japanese theatrical traditions.

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