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JapanTheater - TRADITIONAL JAPANESE THEATER KABUKI NOH and...

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TRADITIONAL JAPANESE THEATER: KABUKI, NOH, and BUNRAKU
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JAPAN • Also known as “Nippon-koku” - “sun origin” • Thus referred to as “Land of the Rising Sun” • Comprises of more than 3,000 mountainous islands
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Heian period (794-1185) • a distinctly indigenous Japanese culture emerged, noted for its art, poetry, and literature • The lyrics of modern Japan's national anthem, “Kimi ga Yo” were written during this time, as well as “The Tale of Genji” (performed in Noh drama) •Japan's feudal era was characterized by the emergence of a ruling class of warriors, the samurai • Country ruled by a military leader - shogun
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Shogun Samurai
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1854 - Commodore Matthew Perry and the U.S. Navy forced the opening of Japan to the outside world with the Convention of Kanagawa The Boshin War of 1867-1868 led to the resignation of the shogunate, and the Meiji Restoration established a government centered around the emperor.
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