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Women break into world of Japan's 'masculine' noh theater

By Mathias CENA

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Tradition going out the window in the name of gender equality. Can no longer be called Noh. What is next, Sumo?

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How about reading the article ?

Unlike kabuki, another type of classical Japanese theater, or sumo wrestling -- both steadfastly male -- noh has been open to performers of both genders for over a century.


noh developed towards its current form in Japan's Muromachi era from 1336-1573, a period when the performers included women among their ranks.In the Edo era from 1603 to 1868, patronage from shoguns helped noh's popularity grow. But women were banned from the stage under government morality rules that repressed individual liberties.

Only at the end of the 19th century were women once again allowed to act in noh, but they had to wait until 1948 to be recognized as professionals.

Traditionaly, Noh is woman friendly. They were banned from it in the name of gender inequality but thankfully were able to come back.

If women want to do sumo why not. The religious aspect seems more like a excuse in the present sport form.

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Noh? Yesh

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Good. Waiting for male geisha!

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Now let's see some guys break into  Takarazuka Revue!

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They didn't "break into" anything.

They were ALLOWED in.

Title should have something non-misandrist like, "Women make trails into world of...."

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There are no laws prohibiting Buddhist monks from marriage or sex. I previously knew a Zen monk who was married and head of the temple. Japanese monks have been permitted to marry since the Meiji period by the government.

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even if I am a lady, I don’t like traditions broken (I read the article and know women have been allowed to join for a long time now). Traditions are there for a purpose and enrich the culture so long as it’s not immoral. Just my opinion even if it’s not the “trendy” view.

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More power to them I guess. Noh, like kabuki is one of the most painfully boring experiences imaginable.

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Ah, noh. My favourite seiyuu has switched to being a noh actor. He seems to be overjoyed but I feel sad, dont understand this Japanese art.

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