20181108 JAPAN


Japanese masks are traditionally used in theaters, festivals or rituals.

They are linked to the popular myths and tails. The masks represent humans, creatures, hell, ghosts and animals.

Some of the traditional Japanese masks are Gigaku, Bugaku, Gyodo, Tengu, Kappa, Noh, Kyogen, Shinto, Kagura, Kitsune, Hyottoko, Oni, Kabuki, Samurai, Kendo and Animegao Masks.

In the early days, in classical depictions, male actors played both female and male roles.

Gigaku masks are the oldest masks used in art dance drama form, but this art form of dance does not exist today.

They presented a superhuman face, demon, lion, bird and they have been in wood.

Bugaku Masks There are old art form dance drama masks. They had moving cheeks.

Gyodo mask It is Buddhist figures.

E ‚for outdoor Buddhist processions.

Tengu mask is the protection of birds, like the sacred forests and mountains.

It looks like a person with a big nose.

Kappa Mask is the river monster that can attack swimmers.

This creature can challenge a sumo wrestling match man.

Noh is classical Japanese music drama based on traditional literature stories.

The actors tell a story through gestures and the look of the masks. they catch the essence of the story. the Hannya mask, better known Noh mask, is jealous female demon in noh and kyogen Traditional Japanese theater and dance rituals Shinto Kagura.

The mask has a learing mouth, sharp teeth, metal and two sharp as hell horns.

The Hannya mask expression is both demonic, scary, dangerous and distressed, sad, angry, agonizing, painful and melancholy. Hannya appear as normal female, but if you are betrayed, angry and jealous turns into a demon.

Kyogen It is a form of traditional Japanese comic performance in the theater. E ‚was performed as an interlude between Noh acts.

Shinto It is an ethnic religion in Japan, and focuses on ritual practices.

Kagura is a kind of Shinto theatrical dance and consists of ritual dances in villages in a harvest festival. One of the dances is Lion Dance which expresses facial expression and movement of a lion in a lion costume.

It consists of a wood boss. The full costume, consisting of the mask, can be manipulated by one or two people. The mask may make the horns look like an animal.

Kitsune mask It is a picture of a fox.

In Japanese culture, Fox was inconsistent. It can be benign (good) or malicious (very bad) depending on the situation  in Shinto religion, Fox is a messenger of the god Inari, who is the protector of rice, agriculture and fertility. Fox brings rich harvest, and is a symbol of wealth.

Hyottoko Mask is a happy mythical ghost with a funny face clown-like.

Okame is the female version and represents the goddess who spreads good luck.

Oni Mask It is demon with funny and terrifying expression. This creature is easy to scare.

Kabuki It is the modern form of the art theater. Classic masks are replaced with painted faces and make-up.

This module uses all sorts of techniques, such as actors connected to wires and „fly“ up or down through a part of the set and the revolving stage moves. Rice powder is used to create a white base for makeup.

Make-up used for exaggerating and improving wrinkles on the face. purple lines represent nobility. green lines represent the natural ones.

Red lines represent the passion, hedonism and other positive things. Blue or black lines represent jealousy, malice, and other negative things.

In ancient Japan, samurai was a warrior who protected the nobility. Samurai mask (!) armor has been introduced to protect the head and face of the samurai and to beat terror in the enemy. These masks are tailored to reflect the personality of each samurai.

Kendo mask It is connected to the anchor shoulder and neck. Kendo is a martial art, sword fighting with bamboo swords.

Animegao masks represent characters manga and anime.

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