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— by Christopher Knight: Tsuruya Kokei, “Matsumoto Koshiro as Kamakura Kengoro (detail),” 1991, ink on Ganpi paper (USC Pacific Asia Museum)
Manga, anime and other sensations of 1990s pop culture made cosplay a fashionable pastime, but before that happened there was Tsuruya Kokei.
An artist working at Tokyo’s renowned Kabukiza Theater, home to the highly stylized art of classical Japanese drama, Kokei made portraits of the all-male Kabuki actors decked out in the costumes and makeup of their most famous roles…
Image courtesy of USC Pacific Asia Museum
April 23, 2019 — 07:00