The Kabuki Dictionary: New Edition
is a completely new work based on The Kabuki Dictionary: Revised and Expanded Edition
published in 2000. As the most up-to-date dictionary of Kabuki filled with new material, The New Edition
is a comprehensive compilation of the latest research findings on Kabuki, including information on its 400-year history, its always vivid contemporary stage and its rich transmission of art and unique culture of this specific community.
The New Edition
includes simple entries and complete documentation of items including names of plays, persons and books. The items are selected with an emphasis on their significance in the history of performances and culture. Entries related to performing, including acting, direction, stage, dressing room and the entertainment industry, are selected and written so users can viscerally and systematically understand traditions, set-ups, organizations and their changes through time. An emphasis is placed on historical lexicon and vernacular. Commentaries on stagecraft, including sets, props, costumes and wigs, are made with ties to their actual use.
In addition to detailed comprehensive guides of Kabuki in the Heisei era, supplemental resources include genealogies of acting families; directories of modern Kabuki actors(*); study groups of Kabuki actors(*); lists of books including daicho
(Kabuki scripts of dramas called Kabuki kyogen and dances called Kabuki buyo
), lists of reference works and lists of geza
(musical pieces and sound effects); and a lookup table of Western and Japanese years. These resources can be viewed as tables or PDF formats.