Viewing Kabuki Music in Ukiyo-e of Early Modern Japan


Student: Yumi Kusunoki
Course: EA833 Topics in East Asian Visual Cultures, Adam L. Kern
Medium: Video (18:48)
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This video introduces the different musical genres of kabuki theater and analyzes the roles of musicians in ukiyo-e, woodblock prints. Although the topic is about the kabuki music, this project does not look at any sheet music or listen to any musical recording. Though the visual cultural theory, I speculate why the musicians were depicted in such unrealistic ways in the woodblock prints in early modern Japan.

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