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24 April 2012 @ 06:36 pm
He's just so pretty!  
This is a repost; I can't remember when I originally posted this vid (and LJ is being a bitch, so I can't check); either last September/October, or the year before, as I did a paper that included androgyny in Japanese culture. Either way, I have new friends, and it would be remiss of me not to share Taichi Saotome with the world.

In Japanese theatre, onnagata --men who specialize in playing female roles-- are pretty popular, even outside of kabuki, which disallows women. Taichi Saotome is a particularly famous onnagata.

The younger man at the beginning Saotome when he isn't dressed up. The first twenty seconds or so are talking, but don't worry about what they're saying. At the end, though, one of the hosts laughs while talking. He's saying something along the lines of, "I saw a dangerous world.......If this was the Edo Period [1615-1868] I'd have totally fallen for you!" (And really, can't you see it in his face?)

(Yeah, this is the type of stuff that makes me happy...)