- referenced frequently as "kabuki theater"
A type of theater particular to the Japanese culture.
Etymology : Coined in 1899, the word can be parsed as usual—the morphemes this time though, are Japanese. Ka is glossed as song, bu as dance, and the last, ki, as art. Etymology Online suggests, through Webster, that another etymology may come from kabuku—to deviate. This, they suggest, refers to popular opinion of the performances when they first originated
Source : Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
Last modified: 10 June 2008