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Kabuki's Forgotten War1931-1945$
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James R. Brandon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832001

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832001.001.0001

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Kabuki and Japan’s “Decisive Battle”

Kabuki and Japan’s “Decisive Battle”


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Kabuki's Forgotten War

James R. Brandon

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses events surrounding the world of kabuki in 1943. These include kabuki artists' response to Japan's military defeats; the staging of forty-six programs of old and new kabuki plays in Kyoto; the formation of independent troupes: New Commando Kabuki, Shock Troop Kabuki, and Public Service Kabuki; kabuki censorship; decrease in the newspaper coverage of kabuki; kabuki's decline in play contests; kabuki' period of severe malaise, marked by the inability to find a suitable posture within wartime society; kabuki's passionate defenders; the Japan League of Touring Theaters; alternatives to kabuki; and different futures envisioned for kabuki in the waning months of 1943.

Keywords:   kabuki theater, overnight pickle play, wartime Japan, censorship, military defeat, independent troupes, Japan League of Touring Theaters

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