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Literature, calligraphy and poetry have always played a major role in Japanese culture. Under the shoguns, many warriors and wealthy townspeople wrote poetry. They met at renga, ('linked verse') parties, where people took turns to compose lines of poetry. There was also a high demand for books as commoners learnt to read and the standards of book production and printing rose. Plays performed in theatres were also significant. They were originally performed in shrines as entertainment for the gods, and varied from solemn Noh plays, about Buddhist themes of meetings between humans and spirits, to comic Kyogen plays about clever servants who outwitted their daimyo masters. This chapter discusses examples of Japan's theatre, literature, calligraphy and poetry, and the influence that written languages from China had on them.

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Different types of theatre were performed, including Noh plays performed for aristocratic audiences in the 14th and 15th centuries, as well as theatre which was more popular with the townspeople. In a Noh play, the actors dressed in elaborate costumes, mimed with slow, graceful movements, as a chanter narrated the story with a group of flutes and small drums. The stories were inspired by Buddhist accounts of spirits from another world, and carved wooden masks were worn by the ghost characters, with expressions that seemed to change according to the movement of the wearer. More popular theatre included kabuki, where all parts were played by men, and bunraku, performed by puppets. The almost life-sized puppets seemed so real that they often had their audiences in tears. The most famous Japanese playwright was Chikamatsu (1653-1724), who wrote for different types of theatre with plays that had clever stage effects and drew large audiences, including samurai.

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