Kabuki theater is a subgenre of traditional Japanese theater and originated in the 17th century. The use of exaggerated make-up is among the main features of Kabuki theatre. Make-ups that contribute to the dramatic structure of the plays are decisive in terms of the good or bad qualities of the characters on the stage. The aim of this study is to discuss the reflection of mask make-up in traditional Japanese Kabuki theater on modern performances. In the study, traditional Japanese folk theatre, Kumadori, Japanese theater-modern theater interactions are discussed. It has been revealed that Kabuki, which has remained popular from the past to the present, has significantly influenced modern arts.
Keywords: Japanese theatre, Kabuki, Kumadori, Mask make-up