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  With the coming of Han culture, the settlers who were originally from Zhangzhou brought "Han traditional drama" to Yilan and it became "Taiwanese opera" gradually. Taiwanese opera was in fashion for a time in the early years of R.O.C. Taiwanese opera's prototype was from local Sweeping Falling Leaves in Yilan. (Transliteration: Lotisao. The reason why it's called sweeping falling leaves is because before performance, performers sweep the floor.) It also added the element of Che Ku Ritual (Transliteration: Chekuchen) then it gradually developed to minor scale. Besides, the language it performed was Taiwanese that was the one we were familiar in our daily lives. .The tune was from folk minor scale and very popular by Taiwanese people. Even big traditional drama troupes began to collaborate with Taiwanese opera troupes. This made Taiwanese opera add lots of traditional drama’s elements and form complete drama. After that, Taiwanese opera increased role play, action, and then it added various costumes and characters to gradually become Taiwanese opera at present.

 In Japanese colony, people criticized Taiwanese opera. They even thought of it as a kind of social shame. During Japanese colony, Japanese government implemented Japanization strictly. Japanese government banned Taiwanese opera and all kinds of Chinese traditional operas. The performers of Taiwanese opera were forced to perform in kimono and carrying a samurai sword. Besides, they changed Taiwanese songs to Japanese military songs to propagate Japanese policy.

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