34. Kabuki 歌舞伎 is a traditional Japanese form of theater rich in showmanship, involving elaborately designed costumes, dramatic wigs, meticulous makeup and exaggerated voices and movements all performed exclusively by male actors. Highly stylized gestures convey meaning to the audience. The plots are based on historical events, moral conflicts, love stories, tales of tragedy or conspiracy. The use of dynamic stage sets, incorporating revolving platforms and trap doors permit quick scene changes and the sudden appearance and disappearance of characters. These elements combine to produce a unique and stunning performance. Kabuki is recognized as one of Japan's three major classical performing arts along with noh and bunraku.