【Kabuki and interior】 Relationship between beauty and feminity in modern days【Beautiful stories from far away From Japan】
2023-12-16 ｜ TOSHI
┃【Kabuki and interior】 Relationship between beauty and feminity in modern days
Hello everyone, this is TOSHI. I’m a Japanese woman.
Listen up, everybody! I was fortunate enough to be able to rent a lovely apartment in Chuo Ward, Tokyo, which I had always wanted to do since I was in university. It was a great deal considering its good location.
Ginza, home to the Kabukiza Theater, and Tsukiji, the famous market, are also not far away from me.
The kitchen is also spacious for Tokyo.
I unexpectedly moved to Tokyo after losing family member(parent), but I remembered that I loved being at home and cooking there.
If you go to the Tsukiji market, you can get high-quality ingredients from all over Japan ( I am trying to be polite to market people), and although I’m not yet used to living all by myself, I can design the interior the way I want, so I’m excited to see what I can do with it.
My ideal room can be described as a contemporary Japanese-style room using red or blue.
However, this room is Western-style, and painting the walls is prohibited.
I’m trying to create an atmosphere without spending a lot of money by using tatami mats that can be used within Western-style rooms; for example, bright red curtains, dark Japanese furniture, and gold fans will add this touch.
This Japanese white room is also interesting ⇓⇓
There are many delicious restaurants around here.
Recentry, at a restaurant, I was talking with some people who had come to see a Kabuki（歌舞伎）performance. I remember there are theaters nearby, then I decided to give it a try too again.
I haven’t been there, but this is an article about the stage we talked about (with photo).
中村七之助、５月以来半年ぶり「天守物語」富姫役 坂東玉三郎が妹分の亀姫役 スポーツ報知
You might not believe it, but these beautiful “young girls” dressed up as princesses are actually both played men and in fact, they are as far apart in age as a father and son.
Moreover, when their makeup is removed, their true faces are revealed as masculine and handsome men. They are completely different from their role in the theater, so no matter how many times I see them, I still can’t believe it.
If these handsome and masculine men can become beautiful princesses and impress others, they are so beautiful that it gives me hope that if I put in the effort, I can transform myself too.
One of them said on a talk show that when he plays a female role, he eats a small rice ball in front of the male role actor. It might be as to appear to be more feminine. This follows a Japanese old etiquette where women do not eat much in front of men.
Even in Chinese Peking Opera, female roles were played by men (according to Wikipedia, things are different now).
It was also made into a movie starring John Lone,
“M. Butterfly” by David H. Hwang
I believe there was a scene where the main character said this.
*I understand why men play female roles. Only men can understand how a man feels.”
I’m sorry, but the lines marked with * above are the gist of what I remember.
I’m sure it has been translated into Japanese, but even when I looked into it, I couldn’t find the original.
Is there really that much of a difference in the feelings of men and women?
These words made a lot of sense to me, and perhaps there is a similar reason why men in Kabuki can be more beautiful than real women and be able to impress people.
“A woman must play the role of a man’s ideal woman.”
I don’t really like that idea, at least not in real life.
Because women don’t live for men.
Both men and women are human beings. First of all, they live for themself.
But Kabuki is an art. If there’s any hint of someone becoming more beautiful than themselves, I’d like to see their performance.
※TOSHI, I had been a writer who mainly focuses on food for around 5 years. I am looking for media that will publish my essays about Japan, gourmet Mystery novel (※), etc. Feel free to contact me via ClubRosy’s X (Twitter) DM. https://twitter.com/ClubRosy
The articles I wrote
(※)The casebook of Tokyo gourmet writer
[The case of Beautiful Girl Cooking Expert] ⇩⇩
amazon page of TOSHI’s book（竹井夙 Toshi TAKEI’s book）⇩⇩ [美しい人々 Beautiful people] etc.
The casebook of gourmet writer
[Mystery around Chinese tea]⇩⇩
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