An introduction to Japanese theatre's best-kept secret.
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If you think that Japanese theater ends with Noh, Kabuki, and Bunraku...think again! This "Kagura primer" provides a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the Shinto stage, a performance style with roots predating both Noh and Kabuki.
Come with the author as he ventures along the artistic "road less taken", through Hiroshima and Shimane prefectures. There he documents a dynamic world of folk theater thriving under the radar of mainstream performance studies.
Based largely on sources inaccessible to non-Japanese speakers, and richly illustrated with maps and photographs, this book is a unique introduction to a woefully neglected facet of Japanese culture.
A new world of theater awaits...