The Period Of The Edo Era

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During the Tokugawa era Noh continued to be an aristocratic art form supported by the shogun, the feudal aristocrats or daimyo, as well as several wealthy and more sophisticated commoners. While kabuki and joruri, popular to the middle class, focused on new and experimental entertainment, Noh strived to preserve its established high standards and historic authenticity and remained mostly unchanged throughout the era. To capture the essence of performances given by great masters, every detail in movements and positions is reproduced by others, generally resulting in an increasingly slow, ceremonial tempo. The fall of the Tokugawa shogunate in 1868 and the formation of a new government resulted in the end of financial support for Noh, and the entire field experienced major, financial crisis. Shortly after the Meiji Restoration, both the number of Noh performers and Noh stages greatly diminished for some time. The support from the imperial government was eventually regained due to Noh 's appeal to foreign diplomats. The companies that remained active throughout the Meiji era also significantly broadened Noh 's reach by catering to the public, performing at theatres in major cities such as Tokyo and Osaka. Spreading the knowledge about Noh and gathering knowledge from other types of drama. (Japan) In 1957 the Japanese Government designated nōgaku as an Important Intangible Cultural Property, which affords a degree of legal protection to the tradition as well as its most
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