Kagema were male entertainers and sex workers - usually teenagers; often quite a bit older but made up to look like adolescents - in Edo period Japan whose clients were largely adult men.
Some kagema were kabuki actors who moonlighted as prostitutes. For them, the stage frequently became an opportunity to advertise their charms; audiences frequently became rowdy and brawls occasionally broke out over the favours of a particularly handsome young actor. This contributed to the shogunate's clamping down on kabuki in 1652.
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