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Oct 31

Discover the Traditional Art of Noh & Kyogen

Thursday, October 31, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0

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Have you ever watched a traditional Japanese performance?

Coto is offering an amazing opportunity to experience and discover the classical art of Japanese drama, Noh and Kyogen.

Noh and Kyogen are traditional performing arts that are practiced in Japan for over 600 years. As they are both performed on the same stage – they are collectively referred to as “Nohgaku”.

At the time, the two are still staged frequently which continues to awe and inspire us. Noh and its highly refined movements and theatrics have influenced various arts. Noh has also been registered as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2008.

Date: 31st October 2019
Location: National Noh Theater
Time: 18:00~21:15 (doors open at 18:00, show starts at 19:00)
Fee: 2,200 yen
Number of participants: 25 people

Please notify us on or before the 28th if you would like to cancel your reservation. Cancelations made after the 28th will incur a full charge of the fees.

◆Summary of the plays◆
Kyogen: Bo-Shibari (Tied to a Stick)
The master needs to leave on some business. His servants, Taro-kaja and Jiro-kaja, will look after the house, but they have a habit of snaking a drink from the sake cellar. The master has Jiro help him tie Taro’s hands at each end of a stick. Then catching Jiro off guard, the master binds his hands behind his back. Satisfied that all is in order, the master leaves, but…..

Noh: Aoi no Ue (Lady Aoi)
Lady Aoi, the wife of Hikaru Genji, is overcome by a heavy illness. The Emperor’s retainer orders a princess to divine with her catalpa bow and reveal the cause of the lady’s suffering. The divination draws out the vengeful spirit of Lady Rokujo, the former lover of Genji, and she recounts their glorious days together along with how her beloved Genji did not visit her anymore, because of Lady Aoi. In a fit of rage and jealousy, the spirit of Lady Rokujo strikes the bedridden Aoi. Seeing the danger, the retainer calls Kohijiri of Yokawa, a powerful ascetic monk, who starts to pray, but the spirit of Rokujo reappears as a fierce ogre. Kohijiri continues his praying, which calms the heart of the ogre, who finally attains salvation and Buddhahood.

Learn more: http://www2.ntj.jac.go.jp/unesco/noh/en/

The performance will be conducted in Japanese but English subs are available.

See you there!


Thursday, October 31, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
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National Noh Theater
4-18-1, Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0051 Japan + Google Map


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