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is Japan's most popular traditional stage art. It dates back to the 17th century,
when a female troupe performed in Kyoto, and quickly became one of the most beloved
forms of entertainment for the common people. Women were soon banned from theatrical
roles, however, on the grounds that they were a bad influence on public morals.
Since then, all Kabuki actors have been men, even for female roles. Kabuki is
known for its gorgeous costumes, exaggerated makeup, decorated stages, and plays
that revolve around universal themes like love and conflicts of loyalty. Some
theaters offer programs and audio guides in English, making them a great way for
your client to enjoy a traditional form of Japanese entertainment.