International students participated in “the first-hand experience of Noh and Kyogen”, the Japanese traditionally theatrical performance


On July 8, international and Japanese students of Kanazawa University (KU) took part in the Kanazawa Studies in Ishikawa Summer Course 2017 hosted by the International Student Center at the Ishikawa Prefectural Noh Theater.

In the first half of the class, the participants learned a history of Noh, its distinguishing characteristics, stage business, and vocal method from Mr. Kiyoshi NAKAMURA and Ms. Nobuko NAKATANI (Honsyoryu Shitekata). They also tried on masks and musical instruments such as drums and Japanese flutes. In the last half, Mr. Yujyo NOMURA, Izumi Kyogen Performing Artist, gave a lecture about Kyogen. The participants learned how to perform Kyogen through experience learning. The participants watched Kyogen, “INABADOU” and Noh, “ATSUMORI” after the sessions. Mr. Toshihiko YABU, Honsyoryu Shitekata Noh Performing Artist and Visiting Professor of KU, performed in the play of Noh.

The participants had a valuable experience that they cannot have elsewhere and gained a better understanding of Japanese traditional culture and performance.

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