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Discovering “Nōgaku”: The Blossoming of Tradition

Nōgaku is a multifaceted art form that incorporates elements of theater, music, dance, literature, and costume design. This series will examine this ancient theatrical tradition from a number of different angles to help readers gain a better appreciation of its artistic treasures.

Helping Beginners Say Yes to Nō Theater

Kawamura Junko has been leading a nō workshop for students, foreign tourists, and other visitors to Kyoto for over two decades, giving the more than 400,000 participants a renewed appreciation for Japan’s traditional stage art, often considered difficult to understand.

“Teika”: A Work of All-Consuming Passion from the Nō RepertoireMatsuoka Shinpei (Interviewer)

The second article in the Discovering Nōgaku series continues the dialogue between the head of the Kanze School of nōgaku and a leading scholar of the traditional stage art, who examine nō’s treatment of amorous passion in a play depicting the affair between an imperial high priestess and one of Japanese most renowned waka poets.

“Nōgaku” Drama Kept Alive by Family TraditionsMatsuoka Shinpei (Interviewer)

Nōgaku, consisting of and kyōgen dramas, is the world’s oldest surviving theatrical art, dating back some 700 years. How has this ancient art (designated an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO) managed to remain a living art into the twenty-first century? For insights on this, a leading nōgaku scholar interviews Kanze Kiyokazu, the twenty-sixth grandmaster of the Kanze School.

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