A Brief History of Kabuki・Part 1: Origin (1603 – 1673)

Kabuki In-Depth -- Jan 20
In this video we cover the first 70 years of the history of kabuki, from Izumo no Okuni's first performances on Kyoto in 1603 until the debut of Ichikawa Danjūrō I in 1673.

This is an extremely oversimplified overview of this time period. Please let me know if you spot any mistake, or if there is something important that I have missed!

For more information on the history of kabuki in English, I recommend you Samuel L. Leiter's "Historical Dictionary of Japanese Traditional Theatre" and the website kabuki21, both of which have been of great help in putting together this video.