To our guests and visitors,
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in the following measures in accordance with the COVID19 guideline of Yokohama city :
- Wear a mask in the theatre.
- Sanitize your hands at the entrance.
- Undergo a body temperature check.
- Provide your contact information to prevent infection spread.
Also, refrain from speaking or singing face-to-face at close range in such as utai (noh reciting) lesssons. If you have to do so at a safe distance, use a face guard or partitions.
Face gurards are available for purchase at our office and you can use for free 2 transparent acrylic partitions (90cm × 90cm).
While rooms of our theatre relatively has large spaces, we equipped ventilation fans in order to improve airflow.
Enjoy our understandable video with plain captions in speech babbles!
This video is made for people who are not familiar with noh. The highlights of the play are easily understandable as the camera moves freely on the stage to get close to the noteworthy points with a plain commentary. The video also adds modern, daring and plain translations for archaisms in speech babbles. And we shortened the screen time of Hagoromo that usually takes more than 60 minutes to 18 minutes.
In this video, you can also watch uncommon scenes such as performers’ preparation, the moment of assuming a mask and views from each performer.
This is not a prim introduction. We hope that many viewers are interested in noh
“Nanchatte!” (close to the real one)
Take a photo of you wearing the “Nanchatte” noh costume and a real noh mask.
We offer an unique event in which anyone can wear a noh outfit. This is a rare opportunity because there is a very little chance that anybody but noh actors/actresses wears a real noh costume.
The outer garment called “kariginu” for this event was weaved in Kyoto with the same technique used for the real noh costume. The reason we call it “Nanchatte” which means “close to the real one” is because it was made with artificial fibers not silk. However, it is extremely realistic (and we have spent decent money) and we hope that this experience will be an opportunity for many people to have an interest in noh.
Let’s take a photo of you wearing it with a noh mask on the real stage. The mask was made by the noh mask craftsman, Hisahito Iwasaki. His mask “waka-onna (young woman)” was presented to Jacques Chirac, the former French president when he came to Japan in 1996 as a state guest.
We are always serious but feel amused for the purpose to familiarize both domestic and foreign people with this performing art, noh. Please see the site page “Costume experience”. We are going to debut our costume at the exhibition held on 6th September 2020.
“Noh lesson from the age of 4”
※To our regrets, the kid’s noh class will be cancelled this year in consideration of the COVID-19 situation.
When this class is restarted, the instructor will be Tsunao Yamai, the leading actor (shite) of the Konparu school.
The elements that nurture the spirit and dignity of Japanese people are in the traditional performing arts including noh and the distinctive philosophy known as “Do” such as “Kado”, “Sado” and “Judo”.
This lesson offers an opportunity for children to learn bienseance experiencing Japanese traditional arts in the large room where the historical noh stage exists. The graceful ambience in the garden also will have productive influence on their minds.
Koichiro Mori and David Elsewhere
The dance collaboration of Koichiro Mori and David Elsewhere was realized on the Kuraki Noh Stage.
The two dancers have prestigious careers. Koichiro Mori is well known all over the world as a highly artistic performer. He earned “the Reumert Award”, “the Copenhagen Award” and “the Danish Hiphop Award”, at the Danmark’s top theatre prize, and has gotten a tribute from the queen, Margrethe Ⅱ.
David Elsewhere is also an artistic dancer who has been the last dance coach for Michael Jackson for two years. He has worked with many celebrities such as Jonny Depp in the movie Alice in Wonderland and Takuya Kimura in his commercial filming.
Elsewhere came see Mori in Japan and they visited the Kuraki Noh Stage. We had a good fortune to witness the shooting their dance collaboration as they became fond of the stage.