Kabuki is a traditional form of Japanese drama. It comes from the terms, 'ka' meaning 'songs', 'bu' meaning 'dance' and 'ki' meaning 'skill'. Using these as a basis for performance, Kabuki Theatre is highly theatricalized, energetic and passionate.
Originally, Kabuki theater was created as an art form for the lower class in the 17th century. However, it was not until the mid 18th century that it took often with the upper class. Individual performances were passed down from generation to generation, often resulting in different lineages having different forms of Kabuki. Currently, Kabuki is taught throughout training institutions across Japan.