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芝居, しばい
play, drama
芝居, かみしばい
kamishibai, storytelling with pictures, form of Japanese street theater and storytelling (popular from the 1930s to the 1950s)
芝居小屋, しばいごや
playhouse, theatre, theater
芝居, とぎしばい
fairy play, pantomime
芝居, しばいぎ, しばいげ
芝居, むらしばい
play put on in a village, play put on by villagers
芝居, ひとしばい
trick, act
芝居, しばいもの
actor, actress, someone who works at a theater
芝居, なつしばい
summer play
芝居, じしばい
See 地狂言
community performance (amateur theatricals, etc.)
芝居, こしばい
See 大芝居・1
1. small theatre, kabuki performed in a small theatre
2. little performance, short acted scene, act, routine, skit
芝居, おおしばい
See 小芝居・1
1. large-scale play, play with an A-list cast
2. big act, big charade, false display
historical term
3. theatre with a government licence (Edo period)
一人芝居, 独り芝居, ひとりしばい
Takes suru
one-person show, one-woman show, one-man show, performing solo, monodrama
戯け芝居, おどけしばい
comedy, burlesque
人形芝居, にんぎょうしばい
puppet show
操り芝居, あやつりしばい
puppet show
田舎芝居, いなかしばい
provincial theatrical performance
芝居の筋, しばいのすじ
plot of a play
素人芝居, しろうとしばい
amateur theatricals, amateur dramatic performance
道化芝居, どうけしばい
farce, low comedy
緞帳芝居, どんちょうしばい
low-class kabuki theater, low-class play
芝居好き, しばいずき
theatergoer, someone who likes plays
芝居っ気, しばいっけ
See 芝居気
striving for effect, heroics, dramatics, showmanship, staginess, (exaggerated) theatricality
芝居を打つ, しばいをうつ
Expression, Godan verb
1. to play a trick, to put up a false show, to deceive someone
original meaning
2. to put on a play, to present a play, to give a play
歌舞伎芝居, かぶきしばい
kabuki play
芝居, さるしばい
1. monkey show
Idiomatic expression
2. bad acting, overacting, unconvincing performance, farce, clumsy subterfuge
芝居がかる, 芝居掛かる, 芝居掛る, しばいがかる
Godan verb, Intransitive, usu. as 芝居がかった
to be affected, to be theatrical, to be pompous
芝居茶屋, しばいぢゃや
tearoom attached to a theater (esp. in Kabuki)
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