International students enjoyed the first-hand experience of Noh and Kyogen, the Japanese traditional theatrical performance


On July 18, approximately 30 international and Japanese students, staff of Kanazawa University (KU), and the community people took part in the Kanazawa Studies in Ishikawa Summer Course 2015 hosted by the International Student Center.

In the first half of the class, the participants went to Ishikawa Prefectural Noh Theater and learned a history of Noh, its distinguishing characteristics, stage business, and vocal method from Mr. Toshihiko YABU, Honsyoryu Shitekata Noh Performing Artist and Visiting Professor of KU and his pupils, 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 on differences between Noh and Kyogen and a history of Kyogen. The participants learned how to perform Kyogen through experience learning. Mr. NOMURA explained the storyline of “MIZUKAKEMUKO” a story performed later on that night.

The participants watched Kyogen, “MIZUKAKEMUKO” and Noh, “HAGOROMO” after the sessions.
The participants had a valuable experience that they cannot have elsewhere and gained a better understanding of Japanese traditional culture and performance.