Contents: Preface; Part 1 An Outline of Japanese Folk Performing Arts: Introduction a " definitions and classifications; Ritual music, dance and theatre of Shinto shrines: Kagura; Field music: ta no gaku (dengaku); Group dances: furyu; Floats: dashi (furyu); Spoken word and entertainments of celebration: katarimono and shukufuku gei; Entertainments of foreign derivation and stage entertainments; Folk performing arts today: contemporary contexts. Part 2: A Directory of Important Japanese Folk Performing Arts; Bibliography; Index.
Professor Terence A. Lancashire, Osaka Ohtani University, Japan
... provid[es] a much-needed overview of what Japanese scholars and performers mean when they refer to the genre, how it is defined and categorized, and when and where it is performed.' Social Science Japan Journal