About histrical recordings



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 With its colorful costumes, makeup, and showy poses, the "Kuruma Biki" scene from "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" is steeped in the essence of kabuki. While the record does not convey that kind of visual appeal, even one who has watched a modicum of kabuki can conjure up an ample image of the stage when one hears the musical accompaniment or the sound of the tsuke-uchi (wooden blocks) signaling the mie (dramatic, show stopping pose associated with kabuki).



Introductory Guide to Japanese Historical Recordings: "Listening" Drama is now available in English.


The University of Hawaii at Manoa Library has joined the Rekion partner libraries since May 10th, 2016.


The National Library of France (Bibliothèque nationale de France) has joined the Rekion partner libraries since January 1st, 2016.


Approximately 300 sound recordings (→List[XLSX]) are newly available online.
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