A kabuki theatre during a performance: three actors from the Ichikawa line perform a traditional play to an inattentive audience. Colour woodcut by Kuniume, 1884.
The audience wears mixed dress, both Western and traditional Japanese dress; some men still have shaved heads as required in the Tokugawa period (pre 1868), others have full heads of hair: some spectators wear western hats
Most of the audience are ignoring the performance and are talking, reading and turning away from the stage
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