Noh ~ The charm of stillness, the story beyond the mask

noh

 

 

 

 

   Overview   

 

Noh is the Japanese oldest stage performance which originates from Muromachi period. It derived from ancient music and dance dedicated to the Gods. Unlike Kabuki, Noh emphasizes ‘calmness’ and ‘stillness’ of the performance. You have to use your imagination to fully understand the meaning of performer’s subtle action and expression of the masks that they wear to immerse yourself into the world of noh.

 

 

 

 

   Theaters   

 

There are a lot of noh theaters all over Japan. Here we will introduce some of the Noh theaters.

 

*The websites below shows the schedule and prices of all performances. The price ranges from JPY 3,000 (USD $24.94) to JPY 10,000 (USD $83.16).

 

 

Japanese Traditional Performing Arts Live

【URL】http://www.arc.ritsumei.ac.jp/lib/english/noh/eventinfo/

 

 

The Noh.com

【URL】http://www.the-noh.com/en/schedule/index.html

 

 

Tokyo

 

【Name】National Noh Theater

【Address】4-18-1, Sendagaya, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo 151-0051

【Phone】03-3423-1331

【Online Reservation】

http://www.ntj.jac.go.jp/english/schedule/national-noh-theatre.html

【URL】http://www.ntj.jac.go.jp/english.html

 

【Name】Housho Noh Theater

【Address】1-5-9, Hongo, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo 113-0033

【Phone】03-3811-4843

【Online Reservation】http://www.hosho.or.jp/ticket/

【URL】http://www.hosho.or.jp/nohgakudo/

 

 

Osaka

 

【Name】Choyo Hall

【Address】1-17-8 Tenjinbashi, Kita Ward, Osaka City, Osaka 530-0041

【Phone】06-6357-0844

【Email】info@choyokaikan.com

【Online Reservation】

http://choyokaikan.com/ticket_reservation/

【URL】http://choyokaikan.com/

 

【Name】Yamamoto Noh Theater

【Address】1-3-6 Tokui Cho, Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka 540-0025

【Phone】06-6943-9454

【Online Reservation】

http://www.noh-theater.com/mail.htm

【URL】http://www.noh-theater.com/index.html

 

 

Kyoto

 

【Name】Kyoto Kanze Hall

【Address】44, Okazaki Enshojimachi, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto 606-8344

【Phone】075-771-6114

【Online Reservation】

https://www.seatr.jp/Gekijouaspx/Menu.aspx?trader=139&theater=001

【URL】http://www.kyoto-kanze.jp/index.htm

 

【Name】Kongo Noh Theater

【Address】

Karasumadoori Nakadachiuri Noboru, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto 602-0912

【Phone】075-441-7222

【Email】https://sv57.wadax.ne.jp/~kongou-net-com/scripts/form/index.html

【Online Reservation】

https://sv57.wadax.ne.jp/~kongou-net-com/scripts/tickets/index.html

【URL】http://www.kongou-net.com/#

 

 

Fukuoka

【Name】Ohori Park Noh Theater

【Address】1-5, Ohori Park, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka

【Phone】092-715-2244

【Email】https://www.ohori-nougaku.jp/fm/inquiry

【Online Reservation】http://www.ohori-nougaku.jp/ticket_res

【URL】http://www.ohori-nougaku.jp/

 

 

 

 

   How to enjoy   

 

Hundred Masks, Hundred Faces

Noh performers generally wear masks to indicate the role he is playing. There are about 60 kinds of masks such as an old man, a crone, a beautiful young woman, a ghost, etc. The performer impressively changes expressions of the mask by controlling the angle of it during the play. You will see the smiling mask instantly turns into a sad face at once.

 

 

Enjoy Kyogen

Kyogen is a comical performance played during the break of noh performance. The story is usually the summary of the noh play, or just some short comedy. Witty jokes, rhythmical language and exaggerated actions will help you to relax and be able to concentrate on the next act of noh performance.

 

 

 

   What to watch   

 

Traditionally, Noh performance includes five plays with kyogens plays in between the acts. Noh plays are divided into five categories, which are usually determined by theme or type of the main character. The five categories included the gods plays, warriors plays, beautiful women plays, miscellaneous plays (includes madness or present time plays), and demons plays. Here are some stories which are easy to follow-up for first-timers: ‘’Aoi no Ue’’ (‘’Lady Aoi’’), ‘’Ataka’’, ‘’Adachigahara’’ ‘’Sumidagawa’’ ‘’Tsuchigumo’’ (‘’Ground Spider’’), ‘’Dojoji Temple’’, ‘’Hagoromo’’ (‘’A Celestial Robe of an Angel’’) and ‘’Huna Benkei’’ (‘’Sailing of Benkei’’). It is advisable to check out the story of the play that you will watch in advance so you will be able fully enjoy the play.

 

 

 

 

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

We arrange tickets on your behalf! 

 

Nozomi Co. Ltd. arranges tickets of various events held in all over Japan on your behalf. It only takes 3 minutes to make a request! It’s Fast・Easy・Convenient, so please use our service.

When making purchasing request to our company, we charge JPY 2000 per ticket as a service fee. Upon making purchasing request, please pay “ticket price + service fee”. If you wished the ticket to be delivered via mail, delivery fee must be paid as well. (Example) Ticket Fee Price x number + JPY 2000 Service Fee + Delivery Fee (We are using Japan Post’s EMS. For the price chart, please click here).

If there is any ticket you want to purchase, please let us know the ticket event’s name and number of ticket, and send us request from the Contact Form page. We will promptly reply back with more details and price estimation.

Our company is located in Kyoto, the world’s renowned tourism city, with 13 years of history. We provide services for foreign tourist travelling to Japan. We offer not only ticket arrangement service for event or concert, but also attractive activities, famous restaurants, and tourist attractions that only provide reservation in Japanese. Don’t you want to try a unique travel experience? Please feel free to contact with us.

 


Related posts

Leave a Comment

*