• Kabuki

    in Life in Japan

    The history of Kabuki began in 1603 when Okuni of Izumo began performing dance drama on the dry riverbeds of Kyoto. Female performers played both men and women in comic play mimicking ordinary life. Kabuki theater is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-ups.

     

    This new style of drama was instantly popular and Okuni was even asked to perform before the Imperial Court. During 1670-1840, kabuki thrived. The structure of a kabuki play was formalized during this period, as were many elements of stylization. Conventional character types were also determined.

    Theater sites:

    http://www.shochiku.co.jp/play/kabukiza/theater/index.html
    http://www.meijiza.co.jp/eng/index.html
    http://www.ntj.jac.go.jp/english/index.html

  • Where to Live in Japan?

    in Life in Japan

    Tokyo is the number one destination for many. However, it may not be the best place to live though it is where people wish to work and make money. It is very difficult to find a reasonable family apartment in less than 1500 USD in the central parts of Tokyo surrounded by the JR Yamanote line. Some of the cheaper areas can be found a bit outside of this central part. Cheaper accommodations can be found along the Seibu Ikebukuro line, Chuo line, west of Shinjuku, and around Ueno.