When did kabuki originate?
Kabuki is believed to have originated around 1603, when a woman attendant from the Izumo Shrine named Okuni performed a dance called Nembutsu odori.
However, in 1629, women were banned from the stage, leaving only men to perform; and by the Genroku period (1688-1704), the current kabuki style was perfected.
With the Meiji period came a sudden influx of Western culture, and kabuki even attempted to incorporate some of these new influences.
However, in the 20th century, the trend focused on preserving kabuki as a traditional theatrical form, a trend which continues to this day.
It is a world that preserves conservative traditions, such as the practice of passing down the stage names of famous kabuki actors according to family lineage.
In Tokyo, a permanent kabuki theater called the Kabuki-za stages performances throughout the year.