Did you know?: A U.S. Army Major helped save Kabuki

Did you know?: A U.S. Army Major helped save Kabuki

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

There was a U.S. Army Major nicknamed “The Man Who Saved Kabuki.” Under the occupation of Allied Corps, Maj. Faubion Bowers believed in the preservation of Kabuki, although Gen. Douglas MacArthur held the view that it should be banned due to its portrayal of the feudal values that had raised Japanese militarism. Bowers also contributed to the rebuilding of Kabuki Theater in Tokyo in 1950.



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