Category: Kansai

Izumo no Okuni

Izumo no Okuni by Rekishi no Tabi

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Izumo no Okuni, was the founder of kabuki theater, and this statue is located along the Kamo River in Kyoto. Yes, she was a woman, as early kabuki was performed by all-female troupes. Relatively early on in the Tokugawa Shogunate, a law was put into effect that banned females and young boys from being kabuki performers, making it an exclusive male profession.