List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Preface by Marianne McDonald; Introduction: A Theatre of Conscious Art; 1. The Samurai Tradition - Bushido; 2. The Influence of Buddha and Confucius; 3. Kyogen - The Early Farces; 4. The Nature and History of the Noh Play; 5. Aesthetic Principles Underpinning the Noh; 6. The Noh in Action - The Description of a Goban; 7. The Early Puppet Theatres in Japan; 8. The Kabuki Stage; 9. The Acting and Scripting of Kabuki; 10. Kabuki in Action - A Description of Sukeroku; 11. The Success and Decline of the Puppets; 12. Bunraku in Action - The Secret of Sugawara's Calligraphy; Epilogue: The Relevance of a Symbolic Theatre; Bibliography; Index.