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Noh and Kabuki: Kabuki Costumes

"Noh and Kabuki: Kabuki Costumes"

Honkan Room 9  October 16, 2018 (Tue) - December 9, 2018 (Sun)

  
Omigoromo Coat (Kabuki Costume), Chrysanthemum and stream design on light blue velvet ground, Formerly used by Bando Mitsue, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Ms.Takagi Kiyo)

Kabuki performances run in the eleventh month of the old lunar calendar introduced actors who were scheduled to appear at the three official Kabuki theaters of Edo (now Tokyo) in the coming year. The majority of the Kabuki costumes in the collection of the Tokyo National Museum were once worn by Bando Mitsue. With a focus on Kabuki costumes for male roles, this exhibition showcases the beauty of the costumes’ gorgeous, thick embroidery, large, eye-catching patterns, and designs of vivid colors that are unique to Kabuki.

Current exhibit includes:
Omigoromo Coat (Kabuki Costume), Chrysanthemum and stream design on light blue velvet ground, Formerly used by Bando Mitsue, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Ms.Takagi Kiyo)
Haori (Kabuki costume), Dragon and wave design on white wool ground, Formerly used by Bando Mitsue, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Ms. Takagi Kiyo)
Kitsuke (Kabuki costume), Dragon and wave design on white wool ground, Formerly used by Bando Mitsue, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Ms. Takagi Kiyo)
Yoten (Kabuki costume), Tortoiseshell, cloud, crane, and dragon design, Formerly used by Bando Mitsue, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Ms. Takagi Kiyo)