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Bando Tamasburo, Male Kabuki legend. Photo by Kishin Shinoyama. Despite being founded by a Miko (a female shaman), called Izumo no Ikuni, Kabuki actors are now all men. S)

Bando Tamasburo, Male Kabuki legend. Photo by Kishin Shinoyama. Despite being founded by a Miko (a female shaman), called Izumo no Ikuni, Kabuki actors are now all men. S)

Japanese traditional Noh theater 能 Al Musical Theater style dating back to the 13th century. Performers wear stylized masks, and men play all the parts.

Japanese traditional Noh theater 能 Al Musical Theater style dating back to the 13th century. Performers wear stylized masks, and men play all the parts.

JAPAN. Tokyo. 1984. Ebizo, a famous Kabuki actor, in makeup for the character of Kagekiyo.  © Burt Glinn/Magnum Photos

JAPAN. Tokyo. 1984. Ebizo, a famous Kabuki actor, in makeup for the character of Kagekiyo. © Burt Glinn/Magnum Photos

The picture insinuates Star Wars. Problem is: then we would never have blaster guns. #Fail ...

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The picture insinuates Star Wars. Problem is: then we would never have blaster guns. #Fail ...

Burt Glinn, JAPAN. Tokyo, 1984. Famous Kabuki actor, Ebizo, in full make-up for his character, Kagekiyo.

Burt Glinn, JAPAN. Tokyo, 1984. Famous Kabuki actor, Ebizo, in full make-up for his character, Kagekiyo.

Bando Tamasburo, male kabuki legend // by Kishin Shinoyama.| Tamasaburo is a famous onnagata in Kabuki theatre.  Onnagata are the male actors who portray women (all Kabuki roles are performed by men).

Bando Tamasburo, male kabuki legend // by Kishin Shinoyama.| Tamasaburo is a famous onnagata in Kabuki theatre. Onnagata are the male actors who portray women (all Kabuki roles are performed by men).

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