Pages: 581 (I have this on my nook, the actual size may vary between e-reader and physical copy.)
Review: What a rare gem this is. This book offered rare insights into a unique form of Japanese theater that is the grandfather to many other theater types including Noh and Kabuki. You learn of the unique social setting and needs that gave birth to this early dramatic form, insight into early shine / shinto life and more. If you are looking to trace the roots of Japanese theater deep into its very early years this is a book.
One thing I have learned is the very important social role this dramatic form had. That it influences Japanese society partly into what it became and now is.
If I had known what a precious insight and tool this was I would have purchased it sooner.Not only do you learn about the roots and history of Noh and other dramatic forms that were inspired by this early dramatic...you also learn about things involving early shine life and life as a while in early Japan.
From the book I learned one thing worth noting: Today the characters for Kagura mean 'God Entertainer', when originally it is believed that they made the words 'God Storehouse'. The storehouse being a reference that the Gods and spirits compel the dancers and performances.