A type of drama with a combination of dance, acting, music, etc. KaBuKi has become a unique art form not only in Japan but reaching out to the world, which is recognized by UNESCO and intangible cultural heritage of Japan.
It originated in 1603 when Okuni “a medium in Shinto worship” began performing a new dance style in Kyoto. Gradually becoming famous this type of drama was even performed in the court and many other troupes had begun. There are three main types of characters in KaBuKi: Tachiyaku- “young characters representing good people”, Katakiyaku- “bad guys specialize in doing evil”, and Onnagata- “Female characters”. Each character with different personalities will have different makeup. In the past, the female drama actors even disguised the male characters to attract a lot of male viewers. Gradually, it was not just the male audience that came to watch it and it was said that it lost its traditional value. In 1629, women were banned from acting in KaBuKi and all other forms of theater, and male actors took on roles that were even fake. Unique art form not only in Japan but also in the whole world, UNESSCO is recognized as an intangible cultural heritage.
- Ikebana– “living flowers” are the art of expressing the feeling of enjoying nature, an art in which people reproduce the natural beauty only through branches, grass tops, revealing bows emotions, personality through their colors. Japan also has a strict flower arrangement principle, but each artist has their own creativity to show the love and philosophy of life in their works.
A long time ago, some 600 years ago, it was performed by monks or people of noble dignity. There are several types of flower arrangements: Rikka, Shoka, Jiyuka are some basic flower arrangements.
2. The art of making tea
Tea ceremony is known for being the most famous type in Japan even if you have not been to Japan before. To enjoy tea in accordance with “standard” Japan, it also depends on factors: space to enjoy tea, tea making equipment, meditation and tea drinking customs. All of these make up the Japanese style of enjoying tea.
According to records, starting from the Tang Dynasty, a high monk went to China to study the religion and accidentally enjoyed the tea that was delicious and brought back to the country to grow. Over the various periods there are mainly three main schools of Omotesenke, Urasenke and Mushakoji-senke. The rules for enjoying tea are quite strict, but in order to suit the modern era, Japan varies to suit the era.For example, if guests cannot meditate in Japanese style, they can sit on small wooden chairs. without losing the solemn atmosphere of the room.
3. The art of paper folding.
Around the 7th century, the technology of paper production in China was introduced to Japan, after which the Japanese applied and created a folding paper that is not torn, durable, but until now they are still proud about “Washi” paper. From here the art of Japanese paper folding Origami was born. At first, it was just folding ordinary aircraft, boats after gradually more elaborate folding types were more diverse. Beginning for children to play now is popular with all classes of Japan. Moreover, folding origami not only requires creativity, but it also becomes a subject in some places to develop creative thinking of children. On the other hand, this subject requires meticulousness, creativity and perseverance, so it can reduce stress and insomnia of many people.