≪ Stage Schedule  ≫

 

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

Place: National Noh theatre(Sendagaya, Tokyo)

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Fee: 1,000yen

Performance:

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.

 

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

Place: Kanze Noh theatre(GINZA six B3)

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 Fee: 1,000yen

 

Performance:

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.

 

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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

 

Performance:

SHIMAI(Noh choreography with no mask and costume)
‟AMINODAN (The mother's grief looking for her missing child)”
 
KYOGEN(Comedy)
‟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~)”
〈STORY〉
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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≪ Stage Schedule  ≫

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

Place: Hosho Noh theatre

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

 

Performance:

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.

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

Place: Hosho Noh theatre

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

 

Performance:

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.

 

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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)