Music in Bunraku and Kabuki: Why Singing Stories makes Japanese Theatre unique

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Japanese theatre offers a brilliant and extravagant spectacle through its stylized movements and dances, its costumes and exaggerated speech- and its music. This essay explores the origins of story-singing, which led to the development of two of Japan's most famous theatre forms, Bunraku and Kabuki.
Original languageEnglish
TypeEssay commissioned by Toshiba International Foundation for Japan-Insights.
Media of outputInternet
PublisherToshiba International Foundation
Number of pages33
Place of PublicationTokyo
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2021


  • bunraku
  • kabuki
  • music
  • storytelling
  • story-singing

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