Growth of Japanese Culture
A Golden Age of Literature and Drama-By Kevin Henderson
Japanese Writing Systems
A new style of drama called kabuki emerged from the early 1600s. Kabuki combined melodramatic singing and dancing with elaborate costumes and excessive makeup, creating a style of drama more informal than noh, and more directed to the common folk.
The Tale of Genji
Lady Murasaki wrote a book about the life of a prince in the imperial court, which was called The Tale of Genji. This book was important in the development of literature because it was realistic and focused on one individual, making it the world's very first novel.
(Image: Murasaki writing The Tale of Genji.)
(Image: A haiku on a tee-shirt.)