Japanese culture originates directly from Chinese civilisation. Painting is represented by caricatures painted with ink or on Buddhist scrolls depicting the horrors of hell. The two most famous types of theatre performances are: the "kabuki", a melodramatic show and the "no", a masked show. The Shinto tombs and Buddhist temples are an expression of Japanese aesthetics easily found in contemporary architecture.
In this traditional style of Japanese theatre, the actors wear lavish costumes and specific masks to play the roles of shoguns and samurai.© Fedor Selivanov / 123RF
The Nakamura theatre is one of the four theatres that was officially recognised by the shogun of Edo (today's Tokyo).© Sean Pavone / 123RF
Attending a performance of kabuki theatre is the best way to discover one of the facets of Japanese culture.© Sean Pavone / 123RF
Ukiyo-e, the Japanese art of engraving, was developed during the Edo period, at the same time as kabuki theatre.© elwynn
The Japanese art of engraving and kabuki theatre are meant for the general public, whereas Noh theatre is reserved for the nobles.© Joy Wang