kyougenbon 狂言本
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Also called *eiri kyougenbon 絵入狂言本. An Edo period woodblock printed book, the contents of which was a synopsis of a *kabuki 歌舞伎 play in novel-like form, kabuki kyougen 歌舞伎狂言. The books also had illustrations. Kyougenbon are thought to have originated around 1680, and enjoyed approximately a thirty year period of popularity until the rise of the puppet theater supplanted kabuki for a time. Kyougenbon were particularly popular in Osaka, Kyoto and Edo. These books are said to have led to *ehon banzuke 絵本番付.


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