The art of kabuki, a type of stylized Japanese dance-drama, is a fascinating reflection of Japanese culture. Although it started out as a type of dance, kabuki eventually evolved into a full-blown type of theater, where its performers wear elaborate costumes and apply elaborate makeup to tell a dramatic story. Kabuki costumes range from the simple and realistic to some of the most extraordinary and outlandish inventions in the history of world theatre.
Butai Kabuto (Kabuki warrior's helmet), 19th century
Sea of Shoes: Bando Tamasburo, male kabuki legend, by Kishin Shinoyama