≪ Service for Noh entertainment Guide-Interpreter  

 

There will be no regular method for viewing the Noh performance.

As well as the stage itself, since it's simplified to a limit to a performer's motion, it can leave and appreciate to individual sensitivity.

It allows yourself to the performer's concentration, enjoying Noh mask, costume, orchestral works, and furthermore sleeping ... The dream seen there may be also one Noh stage.

 

I'd like people of the foreign country with few opportunities to touch Noh to convey the appeal of  it without being caught by the common sense or established concept.

 

I think it's my duty with the mission of inheriting Noh to the future. 

 

Contents : Introduction to Noh, Repertoire on that day 

Date : Consulting

Items to be prepared : Nothing

Charge : Free

 

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≪Panel Discussion≫

Date&Time : 5th Mar.2018 13:00~

Place : Mito Keisei HOTEL (Ibaraki Pref.)

http://www.mito-keiseihotel.com/

Subject: ‟Let's compare a Japanese dance with a Noh entertainment”

 

〈Abstract〉

This can be the magnificence and elegance of the style that we regard in a Japanese dance (kabuki dance) as most important.

We'd like to compare a Japanese dance with a Noh entertainment.

Both of the standing figure, foot sliding and usage of the folding fan are similar to Japanese traditional living style fundamentally. A foot sliding is seen in various regions of Asia in general.

As being called "Imitation of a Noh entertainment", actions performed by a Noh entertainment already are changed into a Japanese dance, with various expressions more realistically.

 

In the point of both difference , when shifting to the next action from action in a Japanese dance, moving is seen like a curved line more widely. "Dance flowing, Dance jumping, and Choreography" is seen as an important element of a Japanese dance as a pantomime, expressed by the whole body freely.

Because kabuki was raised by the common people in the Edo Period, its lifestyle may be a basis for a cultural element of the present-day Japan.

 

Fundamental feelings of the Japanese dance has been refined in aiming for a cool expression of feelings. Certainly we must say that the origin of a dance is mentioned such as “the goddess's dance for dedication”, “dance lile a folk song”, and “dance shown to galleries”, the dance for propagating the Buddhism by Okuni, a kabuki-dancer, can be named as the origin of the kabuki dance.

The wave of Westernization has been traced in the arts of Japan in all genre including a Japanese dance all the while from the Meiji era, such as trying for collaboration with Western music.

It's a problem that we must complete a Japanese dance as "the Zen meditation moving" through devoting ourselves to the traditional art, training both internal and external, and a heart exchanging with an audience.

We hope young people (successors of the Japanese culture) to be sensitive to changes of the seasons, sensitive to the nature, having the feeling of respect to their ancestors, a pride can cope with every phenomenon.

 

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≪Lecture≫

Date&Time : 16th Feb. 2018 , 13:00~

Place : Mito Keisei HOTEL (Ibaraki Pref.)

http://www.mito-keiseihotel.com/

Subject: ‟NOH ~The technique can be imagined~”

 

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≪Lecture≫

Date&Time : 14th Feb. 2017 , 13:00~

Place : ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL (Fukuoka Pref.)

http://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/fukuoka/hakja/hoteldetail

Subject: ‟NOH ~Shaping the mental foothold for the Japanese, concerning the BUSHIDO~”

 

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≪Lecture≫

Date&Time : 18th May. 2016 , 13:00~

Place : ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL (Fukuoka Pref.)

http://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/fukuoka/hakja/hoteldetail

Subject: ‟NOH ~forms the source of Japanese spirituality~”

 

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≪Lecture≫

Date&Time : 6th Oct. 2015 , 13:00~

Place : ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL (Fukuoka Pref.)

http://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/fukuoka/hakja/hoteldetail

Subject: ‟NOH ~forms the source of Japanese spirituality~”

 

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     Noh "Utou(The murrelet)"
Noh "Utou(The murrelet)"

〈Guidance Service〉  

Date&Time : 21st Mar. 2015 , 12:00~

Place : Meeting room near the Otsuki Noh Theatre  (Osaka Pref.)

Subject: Noh “Utou (The murrelet)”

 

★Noh “Utou (The murrelet)”

A monk, who travels around provinces, stops by a province on his way to Soto-no-hama seaside. An old man, then, appears and asks the monk a favor. Surprisingly, the old man is the ghost of a hunter who lived there, passed away last year.

The ghost requests the monk to visit the house where his wife and child live in and console his soul by offering a sedge rain coat and hat. The monk, who is upset with this unexpected request, responds to the ghost that he's not sure if he shall accept this request as he cannot say something which may sound untrue. Then, the old man starts to detach a sleeve off his jacket, asking the monk to use this as evidence. After giving the sleeve to the monk, the old man’s ghost disappears.

When the monk arrives the seaside, he visits the hunter’s family. Astonishingly enough, the jacket of the deceased is missing a sleeve. The sleeve the monk brought is a perfect match with the missing sleeve. After offering a sedge coat and hat on the altar, the monk starts praying. Then, the ghost of the hunter appears and confesses that he is suffering in another world because he kept harvesting and killing animals in this world.

One of the animals he killed was a murrelet. In the abyss, the murrelet transformed into a raptor and tortured the hunter. Showing a scene of torture, the ghost pleads for the monk’s help and disappears.

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〈Guidance Service〉    

Date&Time : 7th Aug. 2014 , 17:00

Place : Tea Room of 2nd floor,  Kanze Noh Theatre  

Map:  http://www.timeout.jp/en/tokyo/venue/2304/Kanze-Nogakudo

 

Subject:

Noh “Hyakuman (Hyakuman, the Dancer)”

Noh “Momiji-Gari (Excursion for viewing scarlet maple leaves)”

Kyogen “Kani-Yamabushi (Crab and Buddhist Monk)”

 

★Noh "Hyakuman(Hyakuman, the Dancer)”

A young boy is brought to the great Amida invoking  festival by a priest who found him.

At the temple, they see a crazed woman who dances advocating to the Buddha. She narrates that she has become mad due to the loss of her son, and that she dances in order to pray for her son’s safe return. 

Finally, the priest reveals that his young boy is her son, and the two are reunited.

 

★Noh "Momiji-Gari (Excursion for viewing scarlet maple leaves)”

A noble woman, enjoys with her attendants to admire the gorgeous autumn colors. While they are settling in to view the scarlet maple leaves, soldier Koremochi comes with his entourage.

She invites him to join their party, he initially declines, though, eventually gets very drunk. As night approaches they disappear somewhere. At that time the deity with a sword is on his way to the shrine.

Meanwhile, the demon has disguised itself as a beautiful woman in order to kill Koremochi. The deity finds Koremochi, warns him, and gives him the sword he has brought. Koremochi wakes up the moment the demon reappears in its fearsome ghost form. They have a ferocious battle, and Koremochi finally kills the demon.

 

★Kyogen“Kani-Yamabushi (Crab and Buddhist Monk)”

When a Buddhist monk who finished ascetic practices is on the way with his  servant to their country, the sprite of the crab appears.

The servant is going to defeat the sprite by a pilgrim's stick, though, his ear is caught adversely. The Buddhist monk is opposed for  willpower, too, but is sandwiched with the two after all….

 

 

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