The Nōwhere Tours: Kokaji – Sanjo / Awataguchi

11:00 – January 29 (Sun) Guided walk with noh performance ticket

The NŌWHERE Tours are guided tours for both Kyoto residents and travelers in which we visit places or people related to nō plays and also enjoy performances or workshops.

On January 29th, we will explore the tale of the legendary swordsmith, Sanjo “Kokaji” Munechika, through noh. The tour will start by visiting Honnoji Temple’s museum to learn about the cultural significance of swords. Then, we will walk through the Sanjo area which used to play a key role in Kyoto’s logistics. On the way, we will stop at local shops to get some tasty bites before visiting two shrines related to Munechika. Finally, we will arrive at Kyoto Kanze Noh Theater to watch an actual performance of the play.

Capacity

12 persons

Applications

Please buy your ticket through Peatix: https://dnk-kokaji-2023-1.peatix.com

Prices

General / first-time participants: 6000yen for first floor seats / 9000 yen for first floor seats

Discounts

Kyoto residents & returning guests: 4000 yen for second floor seats / 7000 yen for first floor seats (Enter discount code: Kyoto. If resident, please bring ID or mail with address)

Students: 3000 yen for second floor seats / 6000 yen for first floor seats (Enter discount code: Student )

NOTE: Drinks / meals are not included

Schedule

January 29 (Sun)

11:00 Kyoto City Hall main entrance MAP

Honnoji Museum 本能寺 宝物館

Furukawacho Shopping Street 古川町商店街

Awata Shrine and Aizuchi Inari Shrine 粟田神社 合槌稲荷社

14:00 Kyoto Kanze Noh Theater MAP 京都観世会館

14:30 – 17:30 Noh & Kyogen performances

*** Program ***

Noh Kazuraki – The goddess of Kazuraki Mountain entangled by past karma dances in the dark

Kyogen Takara no Tsuchi – Comedy of the “magical hammer”

Noh Kokaji – The legendary swordsmith Sanjo Kokaji Munechika forges the divine sword with the help of the Inari Deity

***

The story of the play Kokaji

Extract from our Noh MAP 1

The swordsmith and the deity

The swordsmith Munechika has been commissioned to make a
sword for the emperor, but he does not have an apprentice worthy
of the extraordinary mission. At the end of his wits, he prays to
his patron deity for help and his prayers are heard. The god sends
help in the form of a sacred fox holding a hammer. When the
lively echoes of the hammer seize, the famed sword
Kogitsune-maru, “little fox,” is forged. After presenting the sword
in praise, the spirit jumps up on the clouds and flies back to the
hills. The home of the Inari deity is Fushimi Inari Taisha,
famous for its iconic passage of vermillion gates.

Learn more about Kokaji in our video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JbVo8gk_wI&t=1s

What is noh?

Noh is a traditional performing art bringing together poetry, chant, dance, and music, as well as gorgeous costumes and masks. Originating in the 14th century, its repertory and stage conventions have been refined throughout history to reach today’s form.

Discover Noh in Kyoto is a nonprofit organization devoted to introducing and promoting noh from multicultural perspectives.

Contact: discover.noh.kyoto[at]gmail.com

NOTE:

*Rain or shine, the tour will not be cancelled. However, it may be cancelled when serious health or safety issues occur, including critical weather or COVID-related problems.

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