Annual Noh Theater Programs 2023: spring/autumn programs
Tatsumi Manjiro’s Quick Tip on Enjoying Noh Theater
Spring Performance presented by ATAMIZA
Date: Sat. May 13, 2023 (from 13:30)
Program: Noh play Hashitomi Rikka by Hōshō school
Performers: Ōtsubo Kimio as woman/Yugao, Fukuō Kazuyuki as Buddhist monk, Nomura Mannojō as villager, Isso Yukihiro (flute), Iida Seiichi (shoulder drum kotsuzumi),and Kakihara Mitsuhiro (hip drum otsuzumi)
Ōtsubo Kimio of Hōshō school
At the Unrin’in temple in Kitayama, Kyoto, a Buddhist monk is on his 90-day training in seclusion and conducting a service with a flower offering. A young woman appears and places a single stem of white flower on the altar. The monk asks this mysterious woman for her name. She only gives a vague location of her abode and disappears into the shadow of the flower. The monk sets off to the location indicated by the woman and finds an abandoned house by vines of flowering calabash. There appears, from the large window (hashitomi) the spirit of Yugao, a well-known figure who has once been romantically involved with Prince Genji. She tells a story of her romance and performs an exquisite dance. As the dawn draws near, Yugao asks the monk to pray for her, then returns where she came from. This repertoire is inspired by the episode Yugao (calabash) from classic literature The Tale of Genji. It was all in the Buddhist’s dream. The ephemeral dance of the flower’s nymph is mesmerizing.
Tatsumi Manjiro’s Quick Tip on May 13 Program “Hashitomi”
Program: Interlude (Kyōgen performance) Shinbai by Izumi school
Performers: Nomura Manzō as the principal, Nomura Kennosuke as Lord, and Kawano Yūki as Passer-by
Nomura Manzō of Izumi school
Autumn Performance presented by ATAMIZA
Date: Sun. September 24, 2023 (from 13:30)
Program: Noh play Miwa by Kanze school
Performers: Ōtsuki Bunzō as woman/Deity of Miwa, Hōshō Tsunezō as monk Genpin, Yamamoto Yasutarō as villager; Matsuda Hiroyuki (flute), Ōkura Genjirō (shoulder drum kotsuzumi), Kamei Yōsuke (hip drum ōtsuzumi), and Hayashi Yūichirō (stick drum taiko)
Ōtsuki Bunzō of Kanze school
In a village at the foot of Mount Miwa lived a Buddhist named Genpin. He is visited by a woman, who joins him in prayers every day. One day of deep autumn, she asks for a robe to keep her warm at night, and Genpin lets her have one. Then, he asks where she lives. Before leaving, she only replies by saying that there is a cypress tree by the gate at the foot of Mount Miwa. When the Buddhist ventured out toward Mount Miwa, he sees a cypress, and from one of the branches his robe was hanging. One of the sleeves has a poem embroidered in gold thread. There appears Deity of Miwa personified as a woman. She tells Genpin that gods have dilemmas and make mistakes trying to save people, just like human beings. She asks him to conduct a prayer for her. Deity of Miwa tells a story of marriage of gods in Miwa and narrates the Amaterasu’s hideaway story while performing a dream-like dance. Come dawn, Genpin wakes up from his dreams, and Miwa disappears. In the legend of Mount Miwa, the deity is generally described as a male figure. In this story, Miwa appears as a woman, identified with goddess Amaterasu in the story. The dance performed is also related to the mythological tale of Amaterasu when she hid herself away in a grotto. This elegant dance is surely a showstopper of this repertoire.
Quick Tip on September 24 Program Miwa by Kanze school - Part 1
Quick Tip on September 24 Program Miwa by Kanze school - Part 2
Program: Interlude (Kyōgen performance) Bunzō by Ōkura school
Performers: Yamamoto Sōtarō as Lord and Yamamoto Noritaka as the principal (servant)
Yamamoto Yasutaro of Ōkura school
Tickets: SS: 8,000 (7,000) *Prices in brackets are with Membership concessions
S: ¥7,500 (6,500)
A: ¥5,000 (3,500)
B: ¥4,000 (2,500)
Booking (spring and autumn programs):
Tickets are available from Sunday, February 5 from MOA Museum of Art official online ticket shop and also by telephone.
Online tickets are also available from Ticket Pia ticketing service (from February 8, 2023)
*Tickets are non-refundable except for the event cancelation.
Venue: The Noh Theater, MOA Museum of Art
Purchase your tickets online from the Museum official ticket shop, the online ticketing service Ticket Pia (in Japanese), or by telephone.
Museum online ticket shop:
Inquiries: The Noh Theater Dept., MOA Museum of Art (Tel: +81-557-84-2500)