Kenbu - A Performing Art Shaped By Samurai Aesthetics


Publisher Seigensha

ISBN 9784861527708

Idea Code 20168


The Japanese classical performing art known as kenbu refers to interpretive dance with a sword or fan accompanied by shigin – recitals of poetry with traditional music. It is supposed to have originated from performances by young samurai in the late Edo period, who were concerned about Japan’s future and therefore took to the stage while wielding their swords. Kenbu rapidly became popular and spread throughout Japan in the late 19th century. It can be understood as a performing art that has preserved the samurai spirit and culture up to the present day. This book gives an overview of kenbu’s various aspects and also offers insight regarding its practice and appreciation.

180 p, ills colour & bw, 11 x 15 cm, pb, Japanese/English


$28.50


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