Tamasaburo Bando

Nihonbashi Bando Tamasaburo

This is a photo of Tamasaburo Bando, a Kabuki actor who specializes in onnagata (women’s roles). He is known in the West as well as in Japan, and has worked with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Yo-Yo Ma (dancing “Struggle for Hope” in the Inspired by Bach video series). More here

Playing puppet (bunraku) dance (Youtube)

Nastassia directed by Wajda

(Photo of Bando Tamasaburo by Baryshinikov)

Inabune (Youtube) See for design, costume and camerawork.

Courtesan (Youtube)

Princess Yang Kwei-Fei or Yokihi (Youtube)

Yokihi Bando Tamasaburo
above and White Lion below