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Kabuki's Forgotten War: 1931-1945

James R. Brandon


According to a myth constructed after Japan's surrender to the Allied Forces in 1945, kabuki was a pure, classical art form with no real place in modern Japanese society. This book calls this view into question and makes a compelling case that, up to the very end of the Pacific War, kabuki was a living theater and, as an institution, an active participant in contemporary events, rising and falling in consonance with Japan's imperial adventures. The book shows that kabuki played an important role in Japan's Fifteen-Year Sacred War. It reveals, for example, that kabuki stars raised funds to buy ... More

Keywords: Japanese surrender, kabuki, classical art form, modern Japanese society, Fifteen-Year Sacred War, Kabuki playwrights, kabuki troupes, frontline battles, League of Touring Theaters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832001
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832001.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James R. Brandon, author
University of Hawai'i at Manoa