Kabuki Theatre in Japan Three characters referring to dance, music, and skill represent kabuki in the Japanese language. Kabuki is the traditional Japanese form of theatre. Tradition has it that kabuki was founded in 1603, in the Edo period, by a Shinto priestess named Okuni. Dressed like man, she and her troupe of mainly women performed dances.
Kabuki theatre is entrenched in the culture of Japan. Still popular today, kabuki's use of mie has inspired current shows such as the Power Rangers and Charlies Angels. Though irregular at a pictorial level, kabuki is much like traditional theatre at a visceral level. Flamboyant and passionate, kabuki gives the audience an escape from their world.