Growth of Japanese Culture
A Golden Age of Literature and Drama. By TJ Peck
Japanese drama started in the 600's with shinto dances and shrines. In the 1300's the Japanese developed a new form of drama called noh. Noh were based on folktales and the actors wore painted wooden masks. In the early 1600's they created another type of drama called kabuki. Kabuki is elaborate dancing and singing with heavy make up, mostly played by men. It is still played today.
Essential Question: What is unique about Japanese literature and drama?
Review Question: What new forms of literature and drama did the Japanese develop?
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