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Kabuki actor

Kabuki is one of the 43 Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity proclaimed by UNESCO in 2005.


The "Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" Programme was launched by UNESCO in 1997 to raise public awareness about the value of intangible heritage and the need to safeguard it.






Kabuki Costume



Kabuki is a Japanese traditional form of theatre. The plays, which are about historical events and moral conflict, are exclusively performed by male actors. Kabuki has several outstanding characteristics including unique make-up and costumes, poses, dances, music, as well as sophisticated revolving stages and trap doors.



In 2001 and 2003, Nôgaku Theatre and Ningyo Johruri Bunraku Puppet Theatre were also proclaimed Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.










More about Kabuki on the Japan Arts Council 's website, and on the virtual museum of Web Japan


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