Izumo no Okuni
Inventor of Kabuki Theater
Guest Steven Townsend brings us Izumo no Okuni, the original creator of Japanese Kabuki Theatre! A humble countryside shrine maiden, Izumo, travels to Kyoto in the early 1600s to help raise money for her temple, but her entertainment skills blow the minds of her audiences, giving birth to one of the most spectacular styles of theatre in existence. Why, then, don’t we know her name? And why don’t we see women performing Kabuki today?? You’ll have to listen to find out!