Gigaku

Gigaku 伎楽, also known as 呉楽 refers to an extinct genre of masked drama-dance performance, imported into Japan during the Asuka period. ==History== Records state that it was introduced during the 20th year of reign of Empress Suiko (612.) by a certain Mimaji (味摩之) from Kudara kingdom (Baekje), one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea. The m...
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gigaku

(from the article `gigaku mask`) grotesque wooden mask worn by participants in gigaku, a type of Japanese dance drama. Gigaku masks are the first known masks used in Japan and among ... ...into Japan of Chinese and Korean arts and culture occurred between the 6th and the 10th centuries. It has been noted that a Korean performer, ... ...
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