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Japanese No Masks

Author : Friedrich Perzynski
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120 full-page plates of magnificent, elaborately carved, museum-quality masks worn by actors playing gods, warriors, beautiful women, feudal lords, and supernatural beings. Captions.

Heaven Has a Face So Does Hell

Author : Stephen E. Marvin
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Two volumes showing the remarkable combination of superb artistry, sophisticated design and a lengthy history of continuous use that sets the masks of the Noh theatre of Japan apart from all others.

Making Japanese Heritage

Author : Christoph Brumann
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This book examines the making of heritage in contemporary Japan, investigating the ways in which particular objects, practices and institutions are ascribed public recognition and political significance. Through detailed ethnographic and historical case studies, it analyses the social, economic, and even global political dimensions of cultural heritage. It shows how claims to heritage status in Japan stress different material qualities of objects, places and people - based upon their ages, originality and usage. Following on an introduction that thoroughly assesses the field, the ethnographic and historiographic case studies range from geisha; noh masks; and the tea ceremony; urban architecture; automata; a utopian commune and the sites of Mitsubishi company history. They examine how their heritage value is made and re-made, and appraise the construction of heritage in cases where the heritage value resides in the very substance of the object’s material composition - for example, in architecture, landscapes and designs - and show how the heritage industry adds values to existing assets: such as sacredness, urban charm or architectural and ethnic distinctiveness. The book questions the interpretation of material heritage as an enduring expression of social relations, aesthetic values and authenticity which, once conferred, undergoes no subsequent change, and standard dismissals of heritage as merely a tool for enshrining the nation; supporting the powerful; fostering nostalgic escapism; or advancing capitalist exploitation. Finally, it considers the role of people as agents of heritage production, and analyses the complexity of the relationships between people and objects. This book is a rigorous assessment of how conceptions of Japanese heritage have been forged, and provides a wealth of evidence that questions established assumptions on the nature and social roles of heritage.

Japanese Noh masks collections

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Cut and Make Japanese Masks

Author : A. G. Smith
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Twelve authentic, full-color disguises, including such No masks as a ceremonial old man, the Thunder God, an "Oto" mask used in comic interludes between No plays, as well as masks worn for dance, other types of theatrical roles and temple rituals. Clear diagrams and simple assembly instructions included.

The Japanese Theatre

Author : Benito Ortolani
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From ancient ritualistic practices to modern dance theatre, this study provides concise summaries of all major theatrical art forms in Japan. It situates each genre in its particular social and cultural contexts, describing in detail staging, costumes, repertory and noteworthy actors.

The Masks of Menander

Author : David Wiles
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An examination of the conventions and techniques of the Greek theatre of Menander and subsequent Roman theatre.

Japanese Noh Plays

Author : Toyoitiro Nogami
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Written for the benefit of travellers to Japan, this concise guide explains all aspects of the Noh performance, including the layout of the theatre, music, masks and costumes, acting, typical themes of the plays and appreciation of Noh theatre. Readers will gain insights into this aspect of Japanese culture and be well prepared to attend performances when visiting Japan.

Globalizing the Prehistory of Japan

Author : Ann Kumar
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This iconoclastic work on the prehistory of Japan and of South East Asia challenges entrenched views on the origins of Japanese society and identity. The social changes that took place in Japan in the time-period when the Jomon culture was replaced by the Yayoi culture were of exceptional magnitude, going far beyond those of the so-called Neolithic Revolution in other parts of the world. They included not only a new way of life based on wet-rice agriculture but also the introduction of metalworking in both bronze and iron, and furthermore a new architecture functionally and ritually linked to rice cultivation, a new religion, and a hierarchical society characterized by a belief in the divinity of the ruler. Because of its immense and enduring impact the Yayoi period has generally been seen as the very foundation of Japanese civilization and identity. In contrast to the common assumption that all the Yayoi innovations came from China and Korea, this work combines exciting new scientific evidence from such different fields as rice genetics, DNA and historical linguistics to show that the major elements of Yayoi civilization actually came, not from the north, but from the south.

Trance and Transformation of the Actor in Japanese Noh and Balinese Masked Dance drama

Author : Margaret Coldiron
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This study examines the effect of the mask upon the masked performer int he Balinese Topeng and Calonarang dance dramas and Japanese Noh Theatre. It represents the first systematic study of the relationship between the actor and the mask from the performer's perspective. The approach is largely empirically based and draws upon the author's extensive field research in Bali and Japan which included interviews with performers and mask makers, study of mask carving and dance and observation of private lessons and public performances. This study will be of interest to scholars and students in many fields including Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Performance Studies, Theatre, Dance and Visual Arts. It will be also of interest to theatre and dance practitioners, especially those working with masks or intercultural performance.