Bando Tamasburo, Male Kabuki legend. Photo by Kishin Shinoyama. Despite being founded by a Miko (a female shaman), called Izumo no Ikuni, Kabuki actors are now all men. S)

Bando Tamasburo, Male Kabuki legend. Photo by Kishin Shinoyama. Despite being founded by a Miko (a female shaman), called Izumo no Ikuni, Kabuki actors are now all men. S)

Saotome Taichi (早乙女 太一), a well-known Onnagata (女形), male actors that impersonate women in Japanese theatre (kabuki).

Saotome Taichi (早乙女 太一), a well-known Onnagata (女形), male actors that impersonate women in Japanese theatre (kabuki).

Kabuki actor, Bando Tamasaburo - the National Living Treasure of Japan

Kabuki actor, Bando Tamasaburo - the National Living Treasure of Japan

[KABUKI KUMADORI ]  Kumadori is stage makeup worn by kabuki actors, particularly when performing in the bold and bombastic aragoto style.

[KABUKI KUMADORI ] Kumadori is stage makeup worn by kabuki actors, particularly when performing in the bold and bombastic aragoto style.

Japanese traditional theater, Kabuki I want to go to Japan just so I can see a real Kabuki show.

Japanese traditional theater, Kabuki I want to go to Japan just so I can see a real Kabuki show.

Kabuki

Kabuki

歌舞伎 on the web 『春興鏡獅子』kagami-jishi

歌舞伎 on the web 『春興鏡獅子』kagami-jishi

Bando Tamasburo, Male Kabuki legend. Photo by Kishin Shinoyama. S)

Bando Tamasburo, Male Kabuki legend. Photo by Kishin Shinoyama. S)

kabuki

kabuki

Bando Tamasburo, male kabuki legend // by Kishin Shinoyama.| Tamasaburo is a famous onnagata in Kabuki theatre.  Onnagata are the male actors who portray women (all Kabuki roles are performed by men).

Bando Tamasburo, male kabuki legend // by Kishin Shinoyama.| Tamasaburo is a famous onnagata in Kabuki theatre. Onnagata are the male actors who portray women (all Kabuki roles are performed by men).

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