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The noh courses for a lifelong pleasure!
The Kuraki noh courses always welcome students who want to learn the skill of noh vocal, dance and musical instruments. You can enroll in our course at any time. The excellent instructors teach students gently according to their level from beginners to experts, so that anyone can continue the lessons in his/her own pace.
Many noh courses in Japan may offer only about 10 lessons or be completed in about 3-month period. However, you can participate in our courses all year round. We hope that our courses will bring you a lifelong pleasure.

 Instructors for utai and simai course (noh vocal and dance)

・Performing style: the Kita school
 Day  : Thursday (3 times per month)
 Time: from 1 pm

Shigenobu Uchida
shitekata (leading actor) belonging to the Kita school
Career: member of the Jofu-kai, member of the Nohgaku Performers’ Association, holder of the important intangible cultural property, member of Japan Nohgaku Association, organizer of the Seishin-kai, organizer of the Hiiragi-kai and organizer of the Aoba-no-kai.
Personal history: Uchida was born in Kamakura, 1968. He studied noh under Minoru Kita and Akio Shiotsu. His first stage was Oimatsu at the age of 4. He has performed the leading actor at the following plays, Kagetsu, Shohjoh-midare, Dohjohji, Ishibashi, Okina, Mochizuki and etc. He has taken part in many overseas performances in the US, France, Germany, Vietnam, Hongkong, the UK, Ireland and etc.
Favorite things: rock music from the 80’s, drinking, Edo-style sushi, hot spring tour and overseas performances in which he looks forward to the local cuisine, bars and meeting people.

・Performing style: the Konparu school
 Day  : Friday (3 times per month)
 Time: from 6 pm


Tsunao Yamai
 shitekata (leading actor) belonging to the Konparu school Official H P
Career: holder of the important intangible cultural property, executive member of the Nohgaku Performers’ Association and executive member of the Konparu-enman-i-kai.
Personal history: Yamai was born in Yokohoama, 1973. He made a debut at the age of 5 and performed the leading actor first at the age of 12. During the NHK period drama series of GO (2011) and Sanadamaru (2016), he was in charge of acting coach and production advisor for the noh scenes. He also appeared as a role of noh actor in the dramas. He was assigned to serve as a Japan Cultural Envoy in 2014 and has dedicated himself to enlighten “the fundamental spirits of Japan” which has been in danger of vanishing.

・Performing style: the Konparu school


Kiyomi Muraoka
shitekata (leading actoress) belonging to the Konparu school FB
Career: executive member of the Konparu-enman-i-kai, member of the Nohgaku Performers’ Association and member of the Miito-no-kai.
Personal history: After graduating from the Kokugakuin University, Muraoka entered the Konparu school in 2002. She has studied noh under Yasuaki Konparu and Tsunao Yamai. She performed the leading actress first at the play Hagoromo in 2005, and became a member of the Nohgaku Performers’ Association in 2011. She has performed the leading actress at Midare and Ishibashi.
Favorite things: SFX movies (especially, Godzilla!) and fishing. I have visited Vancouver several times for my noh performance. Someday I hope to try salmon fishing there.

・Performing style: the Hosho school
 Day  : Thursday (3 times per month)
 Time: from 5 pm


Sotaro Waku
shitekata (leading actor) belonging to the Hosho school Official H P
Career: holder of the important intangible cultural property, organizer of the Yuho-kai.
Personal history: Waku was born in Yokohama, 1974, and grew up in Nagoya. After graduating from the Department of Traditional Japanese Music in the Music Faculty of the Tokyo University of the Arts. While in the university, he became a disciple of Hideo Hosho who was the 18th soke (the grand master). He performed the leading actor first at the play Kokaji in 2004. He became independent by permission of Hideharu Hosho who was the 19th soke.
He has performed the leading actor at the following plays, Ishibashi, Dohjohji and Midare, and has participated in many overseas performances such as in Argentina, China, Egypt, Italy, Vatican and etc. He has held his recital titled “Sotaro Waku’s Enno-kukan” and has dedicated himself to familiarize noh around the country by providing regularly scheduled performances, Takigi-noh plays (noh plays performed outside with light supplied by bonfires at night) and so on.
A few words from Waku: For the modern people, noh is not an art easily understood. You will  recognize the esprit or humor of the performing art after experiencing it repeatedly. Please come to see noh at theaters many times! Also, you can feel directly the essence if you try noh lessons (utai and shimai).  While an intelligible style is often performed recently, I recommend you to portray the classic and esoteric noh as the original is. You will perceive something enigmatic inherent in only noh.

Instructors for hayashi course (noh musical instruments)

Fue course (transverse flute)
 Day  : Tuesday (2 times per month)
 Time: from 5 pm 


Ryuichi Onodera
fuekata (flute player) belonging to the Isso school
Personal history: Onodera was born in Sendai, 1974. He studied under Yoji Isso and Takayuki Isso. He made a debut at the mai-bayashi stage “Shichikiochi” in 2000 and performed at Okina in 2006, Dohjohji in 2011 and Ishibashi in 2015. He has taken part in overseas performances in Germany, Italy, Vatican, Hongkong and Swiss.
Favorite things: wine. A few words from Onodera “My recent favorite is Italian wine while I have liked mainly French, Germany and Austrian ones. Of course, I drink domestic wine, too.”

Kotsuzumi course
 Day  : Tuesday (2 times per month)
 Time: from 5 pm 


Takashi Mori
kotsuzumikata belonging to the Ko shcool
Personal history: Mori was born in 1975. He studied under Akihiro Sumikoma and Syunichi Kamei. He has engaged in familiarizing kotsuzumi by organizing various lessons around the country, mainly in the National Noh Theatre.

Otsuzumi course
 Day  : Tuesday (2 times per month)
 Time: from 5 pm


Eitaro Okura
otsuzumikata belonging to the Ohkura school
Personal history: Okura was born in 1976. He graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts and studied under his father, Mitsutada Okura, the 16th head of the Okura Shichizaemon family, and Tatsuo Yasufuku, the National Living Treasure, who belonged to the Takayasu school.
Favorite things: eel cuisine and the National High School Baseball Tournament are irreplaceable treasures for his life.

・Taiko course
 Day  : Tuesday (2 times per month)
 Time: from 5 pm


Noriyoshi Ohkawa
taikokata belonging to the Konparu school
Personal history: Ohkawa was born in 1973 and lives in Chiba. He knew the fun of Japanese musical instruments through a local festival and lately met with nohgaku while in university. After the 6-year training course for san-yaku held at the National Nohgaku Theatre, he has appeared on many stages such as Mochizuki, Shohjoh-midare, Dohjohji and etc.
A few words from Ohkawa: “I have participated in many overseas concerts as a taiko player. Each venue where I performed was the best theatre and a mecca for performers in the country. As I felt truly humbled to play at those big stages, my will to be a worthy performer for those theaters has grown stronger. These overseas experiences are valuable assets for my life.


About nihonbuyo course (Japanese traditional dance) 

Enjoy our Japanese traditional dance course together with a variety of instructors! The leading instructor, Naoya Mura offers you curious and fruitful lessons. He also gives talks in a wide range fields: history, culture, stage business as well as nihonbuyo. Many learners come to participate in this course from various cities.

Day : Wednesday (4 times per month)
Time: from 1 pm


Naoya Mura (Kotoji Bando)  Greeting
leading instructor, organizer of the Odorinokukan
Personal history: Naoya Mura is also known as his stage name, Kotoji Bando. After his father and aunt taught Mura the basis of nihonbuyo when he was 6 years old, Mura has absorbed skills of the performing art from many teachers. He has organized a cross-school dance group, the Odorinokukan for 30 years. He has earned a high reputation as: a lecturer of Japanese culture and traditional performing arts, instructor for player development, author as well as choreographer and stage director. He has written numerous books.
Career: member of the Audition Board for “Art Encouragement Prize” and “National Arts Festival Award” hosted by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, lecturer of the NHK TV programs for traditional performing arts such as “How to Appreciate Nihonbuyo”, “Geino-hana-butai” and “Nippon-no-geino”, lector of the Bunka Gakuin.


Eiko Bando
professor of the Bando school
Personal history: She was impressed by the nihonbuyo events held by Kotoji Bando, and became his disciple when she was 22. She has appeared on the Odorinokiukan stages as a dancer held in: the Taejon International Exposition, Venezuela, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico. She also took part in “the Omnibus Noh” held in Berlin as a stage staff.
Career: member of the Japanese Classical Dance Association.


Akisayo Hanayagi
Personal history: She started to learn modern ballet and tap-dancing at the age of 2 but she switched voluntarily over to nihonbuyo when she was 5 years old. After she studied under Akiko Hanayagi, she was given the stage name, Akisayo Hanayagi and became a master to teach disciples. She participated in the Odorinokukan performances both at home and abroad such as Korea, Russia, the US and etc. She has also held her recitals titled “Akisayo-hitori-kai” and “Akisayo, iro, sai”


Emino Nishizaki
Personal history: She studied under Ryokue Nishizaki, the representative of the Midori-kai belonging to the Nishizaki school. She has learned various kinds of songs (nursery rhyme and local folk song) and dances (classical and new type of dance). She belonged to the Odorinokukan while in the Performing Arts Department of Nihon University College of Art. After she made a debut at the 7th Odorinokukan event “Kasanezoshi”, she has participated in every stage of this group as a principal member. She held her recital “Emino-hitori-kai” at the Rinsen-ji (a Buddhist temple) in Myogadani. She has appeared on media and the video clip of the King Record, a recording company, as well as the stages both at home and abroad.


Shiyo Kawamoto
Personal history: She became a disciple of the 1st patriarch, Shiyo Kawamoto at the age of 6, and was given the stage name “Koyo Kawamoto” at the age of 15 by the 2nd patriarch, Kinshi Kawamoto. Koyo got involved in establishment of the Odorinokukan. After maternity leave, she returned to the stage at the play “Toribeyama-shinju” in 1992. She studied under Aoi Shigayama, Kotoji Bando and Taikichi Mochizuki while dedicating to develop dancers in her own lesson “Koyo-no-kai”. She started to teach dance with Koshiro Bando at the Odorinokukan in 2005. She inherited the patriarch at the branch family of the Kawamoto school and adopted her master’s name, Shiyo, in 2007.


Sakurako Nishizaki
Personal history: She made a debut when she was 2 years old. She has studied under Kotoji Bando, Ryokue Nishizaki and Emino Nishizaki. She participated in the performance at the Taejon International Exposition at the youngest age in the nihonbuyo performers. She was given the stage name, Sakurako Nishizaki, at the age of 21 as an heir of Ryokue Nishizaki, the representative of the Midori-kai belonging to the Nishizaki school. At the same period, she took part in the Odorinokukan and has appeared at many stages both at home and abroad. She has been assuming many roles: an assistant director under Mura, director for her recitals, instructor for such as kid’s kabuki, the Morning University of Marunouchi, workshop at schools and her own lessons.

Other cours

Here are other lessons Kuraki Noh Stage presents.
Note that no experience needed at every class.
Make an enquiry for more information at each organization directly.

 Tanabe Tomihisa Utai-kai (Noh vocal and dance lesson)Instructor: Tetsuhisa Tanabe
Performing style: the Kanze school Day: the first or third Friday Time: 1 pm – 5pm045-713-1784(Fujita)

 Kuraki Hoen-kai (Noh vocal and dance lesson)Instructor: Chikako Maeda
Performing style: the Hosho school Day: Tuesday Time: 1 pm – 5 pm070-2181-8068 (Kurosawa)  Mail

Nishimura Takao Kuraki Noh Song Class (Noh vocal and dance lesson)Instructor: Takao Nishimura
Performing style: the Kanze school Day: once per month Time: 1 pm – 5 pm 

 Shinobue Class (transverse flute lesson)
Instructor: Mari Sakamoto, who has studied under Hiroyuki Koinuma and provided performances in Europe.
Day: Saturday Time: 9 am – 5 pm Mail

 Kirei-kai (tea-ceremony lesson)Instructor: Soki IchikiH P
 Performing style: Omote Senke Day: Wednesday Time: 1 pm – 5 pm090-4119-9210(Ichiki) Mail