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A regional term for crack pipe made from a plastic rum bottle and a rubber spark plug cover
Kabuki, highly stylized and sophisticated form of Japanese theater founded in the 17th century.
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, kabuki actors who specialize in female roles, embody an ideal of refined ultrafemininity.
Actresses were banned from the stage near the beginning of the Tokugawa era (1600-1867), and the craft of the onnagata
or female impersonator was devoted to depicting an idealized image of femininity, more perfect than any woman could hope to attain.
Tamasaburo is one of Japan's most famous Kabuki actors, known for performing onnagata
(female roles) in the all-male Kabuki tradition.
Specifically, Tian believes that Mei's art as nandan helped legitimize the continued standing of onnagata
on the kabuki stage.