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Zo-onna mask for Noh theatre -  Depicts a mature young woman with a refined, peaceful, otherworldly expression. Often used for divine or otherwise supernatural female characters.

Zo-onna mask for Noh theatre - Depicts a mature young woman with a refined, peaceful, otherworldly expression. Often used for divine or otherwise supernatural female characters.

Kabuki (歌舞伎) Kabuki is a type of traditional Japanese drama performed using dance and music. This style of theatre evolved as popular and accessible entertainment for common people, unlike other forms of entertainment such as noh or bugaku which were reserved for the upper class. Kabuki is most often associated with elaborate makeup and costumes and exaggerated movements and speech, a style known as aragoto (荒事). However, there is also a style that emphasizes a more realistic look and acting…

Kabuki (歌舞伎) Kabuki is a type of traditional Japanese drama performed using dance and music. This style of theatre evolved as popular and accessible entertainment for common people, unlike other forms of entertainment such as noh or bugaku which were reserved for the upper class. Kabuki is most often associated with elaborate makeup and costumes and exaggerated movements and speech, a style known as aragoto (荒事). However, there is also a style that emphasizes a more realistic look and acting…

The Okinawa's dancer Inamine Miho during a performance in Milano, wearing a great kimono of Bingata from Okinawa. Photo © Flavio Gallozzi photogrpaher in Milano, London and Tokyo - All rights reserved

The Okinawa's dancer Inamine Miho during a performance in Milano, wearing a great kimono of Bingata from Okinawa. Photo © Flavio Gallozzi photogrpaher in Milano, London and Tokyo - All rights reserved

okinawa ryubu ~ I've performed this dance many times!!! -js

okinawa ryubu ~ I've performed this dance many times!!! -js

"Bingata: Colors and Shapes of the Ryukyu Dynasty" presents 245 examples of vibrantly colored textiles and stencils produced in the Ryukyu Kingdom, which between the 14th and 19th centuries ruled over the area now known as Okinawa Prefecture. . . bingata (Ryukyuan traditional resist-dyed textiles), the mesh of cultures visible in these -these objects on display at the Suntory Museum of Art make a strong case for Japan's largely underestimated cultural diversity."

"Bingata: Colors and Shapes of the Ryukyu Dynasty" presents 245 examples of vibrantly colored textiles and stencils produced in the Ryukyu Kingdom, which between the 14th and 19th centuries ruled over the area now known as Okinawa Prefecture. . . bingata (Ryukyuan traditional resist-dyed textiles), the mesh of cultures visible in these -these objects on display at the Suntory Museum of Art make a strong case for Japan's largely underestimated cultural diversity."

Bingata kimono, Ryukyu, Okinawa Bingata is a dyeing technique that is unique to the Ryukyu Islands and continues to be made as a traditional art in Okinawa today

Bingata kimono, Ryukyu, Okinawa Bingata is a dyeing technique that is unique to the Ryukyu Islands and continues to be made as a traditional art in Okinawa today

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