Kabuki Theatre for Girls?
Readers ask me why I created a story which included Kabuki theatre.
When I was sixteen years old, my parents and I traveled to Japan for a vacation. My grandparents were missionaries in Japan prior to WWII and my mother wanted to visit the country again. She hadn’t visited her birthplace since attending college in the US in the early 1940’s.
Mr. Tannabe (yes, I used his name in the book to honor him) served as a tour guide showing us around Japan. Mr. Tannabe owed his faith in Christ to my grandfather who baptized him in the ocean. He felt indebted to my family because of this. He wined and dined us and showered us with many gifts. Nearing the end of the trip, Mr. Tannabe treated us to seats at the National Kabuki Theatre in Tokyo to attend a play.
Mr. Tannabe knew I loved theatre. I will be forever grateful to him for this experience, because the impetus for Bumbling Bea came from this performance. I was struck by its pageantry, spectacle, story, movement and style. Then I found out that women originally portrayed all the characters.