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Whereas Kabuki evolved as a lively form of entertainment for the masses, Noh appealed to Japan's aristocrats, including many shogun and samurai. Originating some seven centuries ago, it's the oldest of Japan's theatrical arts. Like Kabuki, all the actors are men, but instead of gaining audience attention with great theatrics as in Kabuki, Noh actors move with such slow, calculated and restrained movements that they are said to resemble moving statues. Noh actors wear elaborate masks and costumes, while the stage is simply decorated, relying on symbolism rather than props to convey its message.