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  Kabuki is a traditional Japanese theatrical art that originated during the early Edo Period among the common people of Kamigata (the Kyoto-Osaka area). Despite the oppression to which it was subjected by the Tokugawa Shogunate, it continued to evolve through the introduction of elements of other stage arts, such as Noh, Kyogen and Bunraku. Thus, Kabuki has remained popular with the general public for over 400 years. There are many aspects of Kabuki that will appeal to the audience, such as the colorful costumes, lavish stage settings and brilliant stage devices, as well as the magnificent performing skills of the actors. Kabuki is sometimes described as the "Japanese musical" because of its relatively strong dance element. Although it is a classical art, Kabuki never loses its freshness.
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