How Did The Modernization Of Japan During The Meiji Era Affect The Popularity Of Noh Theatre?

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Keith Makishima Oakmont High School International Baccalaureate Extended Essay: Theatre How did the modernization of Japan in the Meiji era affect the popularity of Noh Theatre? Abstract In 1868 Japan began to undergo a period of modernization called the Meiji Restoration, spurred forward by the influx of the Western culture forced upon the country. As much as it was necessary for Japan to undergo major technological advancements in order to compete with the rest of the world, much of Japan’s traditional culture was forgotten in the haste of trying to make advancements. Primarily this proved to be detrimental to the arts, specifically the most prominent impact being upon Noh Theatre. How did the modernization of Japan in the Meiji…show more content…
Introduction As an Asian-American of Japanese descent and an avid participant in the theatrical arts, I found an interest in the Noh Theatre as it coincided with both my background and passion. The history of Noh Theatre was believed to have started in the Heian Era, earning a well-defined place in the culture of Japan. In consequence Noh Theatre was hit the hardest by the introduction of the Western Culture. How did the western culture affect the viewership of Noh? Did the westernization of Japan have a direct influence in changing the way Noh plays are produced? If so did Noh Theatre also have an influence upon the western arts? This essay will address these questions and attempt to answer them, with particular focus on the change of viewership and those who

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