Monday, July 21, 2008

Heron Maiden

The great Kabuki actor Tamasaburo performs the finale of Sagi Musume, Heron Maiden.
This is a Kabuki dramatic dance from about 5 centuries after the time Unkei worked   However, it is deeply influenced by Japanese Buddhism in its plot and dramatic form.
(Don't worry, there is a very good English narration to help you follow the story).

That's the last of the rarified and refined Japanese aesthetic for now.
 Be warned that I love this stuff.  

The PreRaphaelites are going to look very maudlin after all this.

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