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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.
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Dramatic hagoromo ("dress of feathers") motif kabuki Uchikake kimono in the late Edo period.(1800-1867). In some legends, tennin (spiritual beings found in Japanese Buddhism that are similar to western angels, nymphs or fairies) are unable to fly without a feathered kimono or hagoromo (and thus cannot return to heaven).

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Sea of Shoes: Bando Tamasburo, male kabuki legend, by Kishin Shinoyama

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Edo period kimono in the Edo Museum, Tokyo

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