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〈1st  day〉27 of June, 2020  starting at 14:00

〈2nd day〉29 of June, 2020  starting at 17:00

Place: National Noh theatre(5minutes walk from JR Sendagaya st., Tokyo)


Fee: 2,000yen




〈Both of 1st day,2nd day〉Noh (Serious play) “Kantan ( The miracle pillow )”

Long, long ago, there was a man named Rosei in China. He had lived his life without a particular purpose, but as he had been wondering how he should live, one day he heard about a great priest, and he left his home in order to meet the monk in the Mount.

On his way to it, he stays at an inn in the village. Following the advice from the mistress of the inn, Rosei decides to take a nap on a mysterious pillow, “the pillow of Kantan,” while waiting for a millet meal to be prepared.

The mistress had received the pillow of Kantan from a master of the secret ceremony.  It was said that a person could attain enlightenment for their future, once they use the pillow.


While Rosei is taking a nap, someone comes for him. It is an imperial messenger from the Emperor. He tells Rosei he was dispatched in order to deliver the message that Rosei will succeed to the throne. Although dubious about the unexpected offer, he rides in a shining litter to the palace. The magnificent, gorgeous look of the palace astounds Rosei. It is as marvellous as Paradise or the palace in the heaven.


Fifty years have passed since Rosei assumed the throne and he has fully enjoyed his prosperity. A feast is given at the palace to celebrate the fifty years of his reign. Rice wine for longevity is offered as a gift to the emperor. When dancers perform a dance in celebration, Rosei who is amused begins to dance. The days and nights and the seasons start to change quickly in front of Rosei’s eyes. Although he enjoys the kaleidoscope-like altering views at the beginning, it begins to become fragmented, and eventually everything vanishes.

Then, he awakes as the mistress of the inn comes to wake him up for the millet meal. His fifty-year reign all happened only in a dream.


The fifty years of glory are just a dream which he has during a nap. And the dream is actually as short as the length of time it took to cook millet. Rosei attains the awareness that actual life in this world is as fragile as his dream. With gratitude for the pillow of Kantan that is indeed the pedagogue which he had sought, he departs for home as his need has been fulfilled.


〈1st dayNoh (Serious play) “Tomoe ( The eternal loyalty of a female warrior )”

When a Buddhist monk from Kiso region passes through by Lake Biwa on his way to the capital, he encounters a woman who has come to pray at a shrine, shedding tears. Thinking to be strange, the monk asks the reason why she cries. The woman cites an old poem to explain that it is not unusual to shed tears in front of deities, and as soon as she learns that the monk is from Kiso region, she tells him that the deity enshrined here is Yoshinaka,  who was a warlord from the Kiso region and had distinguished achievements in the war.

After she recommends the monk to commemorate Yoshinaka’s soul, she reveals to be a ghost and disappears in the darkness.


The monk hears from a villager, who comes to pray, the story concerning Yoshinaka and Lady Tomoe. His story reinforces the belief that the woman the monk met was the ghost of Lady Tomoe.


That night, as he is chanting a Buddhist sutra for the deceased, the ghost of the woman appears in full armor. She informs him that she is the ghost of Lady Tomoe being obsessed by resentment because she could not die with her master, her lover Yoshinaka. She vividly describes the last moment of Yoshinaka and how she lived after his death. The ghost of Lady Tomoe then leaves after requesting the monk to pray to save her from the obsession.



2nd day〉Noh (Serious play) “Aoi-no-ue ( A noble lady in deep jealousy )”

Aoi-no-ue (Lady Aoi), the formal wife of Hikaru Genji, and a daughter of the Senior Minister of State family, has been possessed by a phantom and seriously ill. Although her family has tried various cures to help her recover, nothing has worked. In order to clarify the identity of the phantom, they have finally decided to invite the priestess, the master of calling phantoms.


The phantom, who is trapped by the priestess's prayer and appears, is the vengeful spirit of Rokujō-no-miyasudokoro (Lady Rokujō), the wife of a deceased crown prince and a lover of Genji. Rokujō is a very sophisticated noble lady, however, she has recently lost Genji's attention and is rarely visited. Furthermore, she lost a contest for precedence to Lady Aoi, when her carriage was pushed aside at the festival, when she secretly went out to see Genji in the festival parade.

The spirit of Lady Rokujō thus complains of her growing agony, which can go nowhere. Looking at Lady Aoi, she is torn by jealousy and beats Aoi to take her soul out, just as a wife hates and beats her husband's young lover.


When a powerful practitioner Yokawa-no-kohijiri is invited, starting a sacred invocation, the jealousy in Lady Rokujō's heart embodies itself as a female ogre. Turned out to be an enmity personified, Lady Rokujō assaults not only Lady Aoi but also the praying priest. After a bitter fight, the vengeful phantom of Lady Rokujō was overcome and calm down. Lady Rokujō's spirit became peaceful and capable of becoming a Buddha.




Date&Time: 12, Mar.,  2020  starting at 15:00

Place: National Noh theatre(5minutes walk from JR Sendagaya st., Tokyo)


Fee: 2,000yen



Dedication to the God, “Okina (An old man)”

It is said that “Okina is a Noh play yet it isn’t.” Unlike many other pieces, this piece is in a class of its own; it does not belong to any category and has no storyline. This is rather a sacred rite, in which the actors perform divine figures who dance for peace, prosperity, and safety across the land. The performance of “Okina” starts even before it begins on stage. The performer of “Okina” must purify himself for a certain period of time before he performs the play. By doing so, he prepares his body and mind for the performance.


〇Noh (Serious play) “Yumiyawata ( The warrior’s bow in the shrine)”

An old man, holding the warrior’s bow with him, appears at the shrine, presenting it to a retainer of the Ex-Emperor, to be offered up to His Majesty. The old man explains: “My shrine is existed to be dedicated to the god of war, thus this god is purposely used to represent peace, as he protects the peace. The bow given to the emperor in this play is not a weapon used to start war, but a wrapped, unopened weapon meant to maintain peace.”


〇Noh “Jinen-koji ( A young preacher)”

Jinen-Koji has been preaching the Buddha’s Law for seven days, gathering people at the temple. On the last day of his sermon, an orphaned girl appears, holding a beautiful kimono(Japanese texture). The girl offers the kimono to the Buddha and asks Jinen-Koji to console the souls of her deceased parents. Hearing such a heartfelt request, Jinen-Koji and his audience shed tears.


The girl, to tell the truth, obtained the kimono by selling herself to human traffickers. The girl is therefore caught and taken away by the human traffickers who have been chasing her. Learning of these events, Jinen-Koji runs after them to rescue the girl and catches up to them on the shore of Lake Biwa, when they are just about to leave by boat. Jinen-Koji stops the boat, embarks, and expresses his determination to go with the group unless the human traffickers free the girl. Although the human traffickers threaten to kill him if his staying on the boat, Jinen-Koji is undaunted and stays on board.


Since Jinen-Koji is in the service of the Buddha’s Law, the human traffickers cannot employ brute force against him. Accordingly, they reluctantly agree to free the girl. To vent their frustration, the human traffickers try to humiliate Jinen-Koji by making him dance in return for releasing the girl. Although Jinen-Koji is aware of the human traffickers’ intentions, he accepts their request and unreservedly performs various dances. He finally achieves the freedom of the girl, returns to his home with her.



Date&Time: 15, Oct.,  2019  starting at 17:00

Place: National Noh theatre(5minutes walk from JR Sendagaya st., Tokyo)


Fee: 2,000yen



Noh (Serious play)   “ Izutsu ( The Well Curb ) ”

A traveling priest visits an old temple connected to poet Narihira. There, a village woman describes the love affair between Narihira and his childhood friend. The woman says that she is the very woman, then disappears.

That evening, the ghost of the woman who appears in the priest’s dream dances wearing the clothing that Narihira left behind. The ghost stares at her reflection in the well water and thinks fondly of her days with him. When dawn comes, the ghost disappears.


This play is a leading example of mugen (fantasy) Noh that was created based on a story in “The Tales of Ise countryside” about childhood friends who fall in love after they have reached adulthood. Reminiscence of events that happened after the two were married as well as of days dating back to their childhood heightens the woman’s feelings and evokes deep emotions in her.


〇Kyogen (Comedy) “ Jishaku ( The Human Magnet ) ”

A Country Man comes to the capital to find a new home because he has had a fight and cannot return to his home town. A Seller of human beings offers to find him a job. The Seller takes the Country Man to a tea shop, and since he says he is sleepy, tells him to lie down and sleep because they will spend the night there.


The Human Seller, thinking the Country Man is asleep, sells him to the Tea Shop Owner who promises to pay him over the back fence at dawn, then he also lies down to sleep.

The Country Man, only pretending to be asleep, hears the whole conversation, and not only runs away, but receives the payment for himself over the back fence before he goes.

The Human Seller, waking up later, sees the Country Man has escaped. He tries to get his pay anyway, but the Tea Shop Owner says he has already payed. The Human Seller realizes what has happened, borrows the Tea Shop Owner’s sword, and goes out to search for the Country Man whom he soon runs into on the road.


The Country Man, thinking fast, threatens to swallow the sword pointed at him. When asked how that is possible, he explains that he is a Magnet from Magnet Mountain and that he drinks metal. The Human Seller begins to sheathe the sword in order not to lose it, and the Country Man begs him not to because he will die.


The Human Seller sheathes the sword and the Country Man pretends to die. The Human Seller regrets having killed him, lays the sword down beside him, and shouts at him to come back to life. The Country Man jumps up, grabs the sword and chases the Human Seller off.


〇Noh “ Raiden ( The Thunder God ) ”

It may be very much an action piece. It draws from the legend of Sugawara no Michizane, a real-life ninth-century scholar whose exile and ultimate death are said to have precipitated much tragedy in his tormentor’s family.

He was proclaimed a god in order to appease his spirit and has been revered in the centuries since (he’s the principal deity in Tenjin shrines). He is normally portrayed in a favorable light, so it was interesting to see him here as a vengeful spirit.


Here, his ghost visits Priest Hossho, who raised him as a boy. It takes several knocks and some imploring before he is recognized by the priest, who receives him warmly (and with impressive calm for someone talking to the dead). Michizane, resentful at the evil accusations that led to his exile, says he is planning to haunt and kill everyone at an upcoming imperial ceremony. He has come to warn the priest not to attend. The priest, while thankful for the forewarning, says that if he is called by the emperor, he will not be disloyal. Michizane, feeling betrayed, transforms into a demon. He puts a pomegranate offering in his teeth and spits the seeds into flames in an attack on the priest. Hossho coolly wards him off with holy water and prayer.


The priest then goes to the ceremony, where Michizane reappears as the Demon of Thunder in fearsome guise. The priest pursues him throughout the palace, rubbing his prayer beads and reciting sutra. In the end, the demon is overcome by the power of Buddha and begs forgiveness for his transgressions. Proclaiming his joy in defeat, he rides the black clouds back to the heavens.




Date&Time: 9 of Sat., Feb.  starting at 14:00

Place: Hosho Noh theatre(Suidobashi, Tokyo)

           (2min. walk from Suidobashi st. of JR line or Subway Mita line)

Fee: 2,000yen



Noh"Yorimasa (Warrior Yorimasa)"


The play takes place at a temple in Kyoto, where a priest traveling from the capital, meets an old man who offers to show him around the temple.  After the priest asks about the origins of an odd fan-shaped section of lawn, the old man reveals himself to be the spirit of the warrior Yorimasa who killed himself there during the battle.


The ghost of Yorimasa appears in full armor, to be attracted to the priest’s Sutra-chanting.

He relates his story of being pressed back by the enemies; during the battle, he explains, he laid his fan on the ground before him as he committed suicide. The ghost then disappears, asking that the priest pray for him.


Noh"Genzai-Shichimen (Python Buddhahood)


When a holy priest Nichiren chants the Lotus Sutra deep inside a mountain, a mysterious woman is coming to him

offering flowers and water. When Nichiren asks her name, “ I wish a departed soul to enter Nirvana” she says.

Nichiren preaches the woman’s sin, and a story of an eight-year old dragon’s daughter entering Nirvana.

Rejoicing a lot, she reveals her true body to be a large snake living in the pond, at that time a thunder sounds suddenly, rain falling intensely, the woman disappears before he knows it.


The terrible large snake appears before long coiling herself round and round to Nichiren, when he begins Lotus

Sutra-chanting, the snake transformed into a celestial maiden in a moment and dances a Japanese style court dance and music, called kagura, at last disappearing far away up in heaven.




Date&Time: 14, Jul.  starting at 14:00

Place: National Noh theatre(Sendagaya, Tokyo)


Fee: 1,000yen


KYOGEN (Comedy)

“Inabado (The Drunken Wife)”


A Man has just divorced his Wife because she is not only ill-tempered and doesn't do any of the housework, but is also an incurable drunkard. He had tried to divorce her before, but couldn't get her to leave.

Finally she went to visit her parents, and he took the opportunity to send a letter after her declaring divorce. Now that he has gotten rid of her, he goes to the Inabado Temple to pray for a new wife.


In the meantime, the Wife has received the letter and heard about his new plan. She goes to the temple in a rage and finds him sleeping there in the hopes of an oracular revelation from the Inabado Temple deity. She pretends to be a messenger of the deity appearing to him in a dream, and tells him that he will find his new wife on the steps of the Western Gate. Overjoyed, the Man goes to the Western Gate and finds a woman there as promised, but she is holding her robe over her head so he cannot see her face. He takes her hand and starts towards home.


On the way he explains the situation to her, telling her all the bad points of his previous wife and asks her to be a better wife. She seems to agree. They get home, and he asks her to take off the robe covering her head. She refuses, so he suggests that she is probably shy, and perhaps they should have a drink first. She happily agrees to this and once she starts drinking, she continues to ask for more and more.

He finally gets her to stop and again asks her to unveil herself. She still refuses, so he takes the robe away himself. He is surprised to find his old wife. She is furious, and chases him off scolding at the top of her lungs.



NOH (Serious drama)

"Tadanori (A warrior, scattered along with the cherry blossoms)"


There was a man in service to Shunzei (the compiler of an imperial poetry anthology, the Senzaishū) and who renounced the world after the death of his master. On a spring day, he decides departing Kyoto to visit places in the western region of Japan. On his way, they stop at Suma Bay finding a cherry tree.

Then, an old man appears before them praying sincerely to the cherry tree to console someone’s soul. Finding him, the traveling monk calls out to have a conversation.


…The sun sets incredibly quickly.


The monk asks the old man if he can accommodate him for the night. Then, the old man quotes a poem composed by Tadanori (a warrior) and recommends to stay under the cherry tree, the most suitable hotel. He further mentions he wants them to perform a memorial ceremony for the tree because it’s the grave marker of Tadanori. When the monk holds a memorial service, the old man is so delighted then disappearing behind the cherry tree.


When the monk sleeps under the cherry tree, the ghost of Tadanori appears in his dream. Lamenting that his poem was published anonymously in the Senzaishū anthology, he requests that the monk should talk to Teika (son of Shunzei) and also a renowned poet, and have him clarify that the author of the poem is Tadanori.

After showing the scene of his death in the Battle, the ghost would return to his place, the hell, under the cherry tree while asking the monk to hold a memorial service for him.



Date&Time: 11, Dec.  starting at 18:30

Place: Kanze Noh theatre(GINZA six B3)


 Fee: 1,000yen



KYOGEN (Comedy)
‟FUKU-NO-KAMI(The God of Wealth )”
Two worshippers go to visit the Grand Shrine. The God of Wealth appears laughing pleasantly and in answer to their question about how to find wealth, dances singing that the answer is a happy home, a healthyway of life, and to welcome friends with wine.
NOH (Serious drama)
‟Funabenkei ( Warrior Benkei Aboard Ship )"
The story concerns the historic relationship between the general Yoshitsune, fleeing the wrath of his brother Shogun, and Benkei, his mighty retainer. However in Funabenkei, neither is portrayed in the main role.
Instead, the main role is divided between Shizuka, a Yoshitsune’s lover, and the ghost of a General Tomomori whom Yoshitsune defeated in battle , the two characters related only by their strong passions toward Yoshitsune.
The play opens with the group traveling to a harbor. There, Benkei speaks with a boatman to arrange for passing to the west. Convinced by Benkei to remain behind because it would be indecent, however, Shizuka wishes to be with Yoshitsune to the last, in vain.
Yoshitsune and Shizuka have a sad farewell in which she dances, then must return to the capital alone.
Benkei and Yoshitsune speak with the boatman about leaving Shizuka behind, and a warrior, speaking on Yoshitsune's behalf, says he would rather stay behind, the waves being so high.
Benkei convinces him to stay aboard, and they push off.
When crossing the sea, they are suddenly met by strong winds and waves made by General Tomomori’s wrathful spirit.
They fight against it, but to no avail. Eventually Benkei realizes that the only way to defeat a vengeful spirit is praying, and the storm dissipates. They are saved by Benkei’s priestly chanting.



Date&Time: 10, Sep.  starting at 14:00

Place: Hosho Noh theatre

         (2min. walk from Suidobashi st. of JR line or Subway Mita line)

Fee: GradeA:6000yen , B or C:2000yen



SHIMAI(Noh choreography with no mask and costume)
‟AMINODAN (The mother's grief looking for her missing child)”
‟NUKEGARA(Shedding the demon mask)”
SU-UTAI (The most refined,simplest form of Noh)
‟FUJITO (Victims by an absurdness)”
NOH(Serious drama)
 ‟MORIHISA(A warrior ~The miracle of the Buddha~)”
Samurai, Japanese warrior Morihisa has been arrested, brought to the place of execution. On the way to a painful journey, he makes a farewell to the Kannon believing for a long time.
He realizes the feeling of impermanence in prison, thinking he'd die if subjected to humiliation. An old Buddhist monk then appears in his dream, promising ‟ I'll be in your place” .
Tsuchiya of the enemy warrior, feeling sympathy and having a respect for Morihisa's nobility, declares him the time of the execution.  At the moment of  it, the Boondock drops the sword by the strong light out of  Morihisa's sutra roll, it has been broken in two.
Thanks to this miracle, he's found not guilty. After dancing smartly by the general's wish, he leaves, not being there all the while.


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Date&Time: 21, April  starting at 18:00

Place: Hosho Noh theatre

         (2min. walk from Suidobashi st. of JR line or Subway Mita line)



Singing solo ‟Kanjincho (An improvised and false official document) ”  

Kyogen  ‟Kintozaemon (A stupid bandit)”

Noh “Hagoromo (Celestial Feather Robe)”


Fee: GradeA:6000yen , B or C:2000yen


《Singing solo ‟Kanjincho”》  

A scene, Benkei of an itinerant Buddhist monk makes an improvised and false official document to protect his seignior, is sung by peculiar rhythm of Noh chanting.


《Kyogen ‟Kintozaemon”》

A bandit takes belongings away from a woman, however, she takes a long sword away off his guard and strips of all he has at last.


《Noh “Hagoromo”》

One spring morning, a fisherman, setting out to fishing, finds a beautiful robe hung on a pine branch.

When he attempts to take it home as a family heirloom, a celestial maiden appears asking him to return the robe to her. At first, he refuses to return it. He is moved by her, however, who laments that she cannot go home to heaven without it. He therefore decides to give her the robe in return for seeing her performance; a celestial dance.

As the celestial maiden in the feather robe performs the dance, which describes the Palace of the Moon, she praises the beauty of the landscape of Japan. Eventually she disappears in the haze, beyond the peak of Mt Fuji.


Date&Time: 2nd, December  starting at 18:00

Place: Hosho Noh theatre

         (2min. walk from Suidobashi st. of JR line or Subway Mita line)



Shoulder drum solo accompanied by chorus ‟The Revenge of the brothers”

Kyogen“Oni-gawara(Onigawara Roof tile)”

Noh “Nonomiya (The Palace to be purified)”


Fee: GradeA:6000yen , B or C:2000yen


〈The story of “Nonomiya (The Palace to be purified)”〉

On the seventh day of the ninth month in late autumn, a monk traveling in the provinces visits the remains of a Shintō shrine in Nonomiya of Kyoto, where a shrine maiden of Ise Shrine purified herself in ancient times.

 Impressed by the gate made of logs and the brushwood fence, which remain as a shadow of what the shrine used to be, he prays at the shrine.


Then, an elegant village woman, holding a branch of the sacred tree, appears and asks the monk to leave the place as she pays a visit at Nonomiya Shrine to recall old days every year on this day and offers a ritual. Asked her what recalling the past means, she nostalgically tells the monk the story of Lady Rokujō, saying her lover Genji once visited her at this shrine on this day. She devoted herself to purification at this shrine with her daughter, who was to be a shrine maiden serving at Ise Shrine. The village woman reveals she is in fact Lady Rokujō and disappears.


The monk starts to pray to console the soul of the Lady Rokujo. A ghost of her appears then, riding in an ox-drawn carriage. She shares the story with him that the group of Lady Aoi, Genji’s formal wife, humiliated Rokujō by having her carriage pushed aside as Rokujō waited for the parade of a festival. She asks the monk to pray and save her soul, which is trapped in obsession.

Indulging herself in her memory of parting from Genji at Nonomiya Shrine, she dances gracefully, sadly. Still caught by her past emotions, the unrelieved ghost gets in the carriage again and disappears.



Date&Time: 30th, June  starting at 18:30

Performance: Flute solo, Singing solo

                   Kyogen“Kui-ka-hito-ka(Stake or Person?)”

         Noh “Sessyou-Seki (The Killing Stone)”

Place: Yarai Noh theatre

         (5min. walk from Kagura-zaka st. of Subway To-zai line)

Fee: GradeA 6000yen, B4000yen,C3000yen


〈The story of “Sessyo-Seki”〉

One day, when the Buddhist priest passes through a province, he witnesses birds flying above a particular stone falling to the ground. 

A woman mysteriously appears before wondering him, telling he should'nt get closer to the stone because it's the Sessyou-seki (the Killing Stone), a stone which kills all living creatures approaching it.

She narrates, then, the history of the Killing Stone, answering his question.

“Once upon a time, under the reign of an emperor, there was a woman serving in the royal court called Lady Tamamo. Beautiful and intelligent, she won the heart of the emperor.  A diviner, however, detected her true identity as the incarnation of an evil fox spirit.

Returned to the true self, Lady Tamamo managed to run away to the province but she was killed there. The spirit of the fox haunted the big stone and it turned out to be the Killing Stone.”

She completes the story and reveals as she disappears that she is the ghost of Lady Tamamo.


The priest conducts a memorial service for the spirit of the stone so that it's led to the way of Buddha. Then, the Killing Stone splits, and the spirit of the fox appears from inside the stone.

The spirit of the fox recollects its past:

“I caused trouble all over India, China, and Japan. A diviner, however, beat me by prayer, so I fled, and when I reached the field,  hunters hunted me down. I was shot and died like a dew drop on a grass in the field.

Since then, I transformed myself into the killing stone and spent years killing  all living creatures.”

“Today, however, I received the precious law of Buddha. I'll never again commit a harmful act.”

The demon, the spirit of the evil fox, vanishes by transforming itself into a rock embodying the solemn promise.

(Noh"Sessyou-Seki" ・・・The scene of appearing the Killing Stone splits from inside the stone)
(Noh"Sessyou-Seki" ・・・The scene of appearing the Killing Stone splits from inside the stone)