The Nōwhere Tours: Dōjōji – Myōmanji & Mask Carver’s Studio

Dec 4 (Sun) 13:00 – Meeting place: Kokusaikaikan Station Exit 4-1 MAP

Temple & Mask carver’s studio visit

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 December 4, we will visit Myomanji Temple and mask carver ‘s studio in Iwakura, Kyoto. The mask workshop by Udaka Keiko will be a rare opportunity to see a variety of masks close-up, and learn how they are made and used. This time, we will have a special focus on Dōjōji, one of noh’s most well-know yet mysterious plays, which also holds an exceptional meaning to the actor. (The Dec 4 NŌWHERE Tour does not include a performance, but we can help you reserve one)

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Discover Noh in Kyoto: Pre-performance introduction to Tsuchigumo

Still accepting applications! Walk-ins are also welcome as long as you arrive by 12:45.

On November 26th, Discover Noh in Kyoto will give a short English introduction to noh theatre and to the play Tsuchigumo at the Kongo Noh Theatre lobby (金剛能楽堂) prior to the performance by Kongo school actors Udaka Tatsushige and Norishige.

Tsuchigumo is about a legendary battle between the emperor’s warriors and an ancient tribe that lived in caves depicted as the “ground spiders.” We will discuss about the narrative of noh through this seemingly easy-to-understand story. We will also talk a little about noh’s dance so you can enjoy comparing the three dance parts taken from different plays before Tsuchigumo.

The performance is organized by Tenri Nōgaku Kyōshitsu

Event information:

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Discover Noh in Kyoto: Pre-performance introduction to Adachigahara

On November 4th, Discover Noh in Kyoto will give a short English introduction to noh theatre and its play Adachigahara at the Kanze Noh Theater’s 2F lobby (京都観世会館) prior to the performance.

Adachigahara features the contrasting personae of the main character, a humble yet compassionate old woman and a ferocious female oni (demon) who lives in the lonely moors of a northern province.

Event information:

Place:

Kyoto Kanze Noh Theatre MAP

Date & Time:

November 4 (Fri) 2022

17:45 – 18:15 (Introduction and Q&A)

18:30 – (Performance will be about 70 – 80min)

Tickets: Students 1000 yen, Adults 2000 yen

Applications: https://forms.gle/1aCHr8wqd7VqnG4AA

*The introduction session is free

The Nōwhere Tours: Raiden – Kitano Tenmangu


October 14th (Fri) 15:00 -20:30

@ Kitano Tenmangu Shrine & Kyoto Kanze Noh Theater

A shinto shrine visit with evening noh performance in theatre

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

On October 14th, we will be going to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine where a miko 巫女(shrine maiden), will show us its main features. There, we will attend a formal praying ceremony inside the main hall, which is also an architectural masterpiece, to get a hands-on understanding of Japanese religion. The deity enshrined here is Sugawara Michizane, a Heian period courtier and literate, who has later been deified as a god of scholarship. Finally, we will move to Kyoto Kanze Kaikan, a noh theatre, where we will watch the noh play Raiden, telling the story of how the angry spirit was later appeased and enshrined as a deity in Kitano Tenmangu.


Capacity:

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The Nōwhere Tours – Kibune

Sep 23 (Fri) 13:00 – Kibuneguchi Station (Eizan Line)

Walking tour with evening 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 September 23, join us on a walking tour through the green valley north of the city to Kifune Shrine 貴船神社, stage to the noh play Kanawa 鉄輪. We will explore the historical and cultural background of the shrine and the play’s story before returning downtown to watch the play on stage at Ōe Nōgakudō 大江能楽堂, a wooden noh theatre built in 1908.

Capacity

12 persons

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Discover Noh in Ohara, Kyoto – For Students,  June 28 (Tue) 2022

Noh workshop with dance & chant lesson for students in Ohara, Kyoto

Enjoy a hands-on noh experience in the beautiful village of Ohara, Kyoto with noh actor Miyamoto Shigeki. Discover Noh in Kyoto is looking for students who would like to attend a workshop with dance & chant lesson.

Tickets: https://dnk-ohara-student0628.peatix.com/

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Discover Noh Costumes in Orinasukan, Kyoto14:30- June 10 (Fri), 2022

Visit Orinasukan, a noh costume maker’s museum & studioin the Nishijin neighborhood of Kyoto with Discover Noh in Kyoto! Explore noh through the gorgeous costume designs and witness how they are woven with hand-operated looms.

You can also choose to go out on a guided excursion to Heianjingu Shrine’s garden and a noh performance featuring a variety of costumes after visiting Orinasukan.

For more details / reservations:
https://dnk-nohcostume.peatix.com/

Applications for “Discover Noh Costumes in Orinasukan, Kyoto” w/ performance ticket will close at June 3rd (Fri) noon.

鑑賞チケット付きオプションのお申し込みは6月3日(金)正午までとさせて頂きます。

(Applications for Orinasukan visit with us will remain open until we reach capacity. 英語解説付き織成館訪問のみの受付は定員に達するまで続けます)

Orinasukan’s website (JPN) https://orinasukan.com/

The noh performance we will go to in the guided-excursion option, KYOTO de petit NOH:  http://hayashi-soichiro.jp/schedule/1930.html 

Discover Noh in Kyoto – English noh lesson in Ohara, Kyoto

英語でお稽古体験 京都・大原にて

Enjoy a hands-on noh experience in the beautiful village of Ohara, Kyoto with noh actor Miyamoto Shigeki. Participants will take a lesson of choreographed movements and chanting on the actor’s private stage after a presentation by our guides.

April 23, 2022(Sat)Ohara, Kyoto MAP

10:00-12:00,    13:00-15:00

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Noh Workshop Facilitator’s Course  May 10, 2022 (Tue)

多言語で能楽と世界の架け橋になってくださる受講生を募集中

This course is now full: Application for 2022 is closed. (Dates for 2023 TBA)

8 session dates (6 online & 2 on site) + optional activities

We are looking for tour guides and interpreters/translators who are interested in learning how to introduce noh and expand their “repertoire.” This two-month training course will offer you a deep insight into Kyoto’s art, history and culture ingrained in noh. (Japanese language skills required).

能楽ワークショップファシリテーター講座

定員に達した為、2022年度の募集を締め切りました。(2023年予定は後日発表)

全8回(オンライン6回&現地2回)+ 任意参加の内容能楽を海外に向けて紹介する実践を通じて、活動の幅を広げたい通訳ガイドや通訳・翻訳者を募集しています。京都の歴史、芸術、文化に深く根差した能楽を通じて、その魅力を探る2ヶ月間の講座です。(授業は主に英語で行われます)

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“Discover / Kokaji” documentary video

University Students in Kyoto were invited to explore the nō play Kokaji, a story of the Inari Deity and the legendary swordsmith Munechika. Witness the rich tradition of nō, both on and off the stage, in Kyoto.

Noh is a Japanese classical performing art based on ancient tales and classical literature. In this documentary, we follow the trail of the legendary Japanese swordsmith Sanjo “Kokaji” Munechika to discover how he forged the famous Kogitsunemaru sword for the emperor. https://discovernohinkyoto.jp

能は神話や古典文学を題材にした、日本の古典芸能です。このドキュメンタリー動画では、伝説の刀匠である三条「小鍛冶」宗近が帝の命じられて名刀「小狐丸」を作る物語を辿って京都を巡ります。

Program Summary

Program 1Nov 6 (Sat) 18:30- An introduction to noh with a focus on the noh play Kokaji and Kyoto by actors with an excerpt performance (admission fee: free)

Program 2: Nov 25 (Thu) 19:00- Full-scale noh performance of Kokaji (admission fee: ticket fee charged – details follow)

Program 3: Nov – Dec (six session dates) Visit sites related to Kokaji with other students and interpreter-guides and work together to create short pieces of documentary films (admission fee: free)

Program details: https://discovernohinkyoto.jp/2021-program/

The documentary film the student members made during Program 3


Discover / Kokaji

Produced by Diego Pellecchia, Julia Yamane

Chou Sumin Kawamura Haruhisa Miyamoto Shigeki Nakanishi Kana Shimada Toyoshi Tsubota Sakiko

Student Participants Kyoto Sangyo University: Fujiwara Moe, Nishi Ayane, Takada Mai, Watanabe Arisa, Xu Yuan Chen Kyoto University: Satō Ami Ryūkoku University: Takiguchi Seiya Columbia University: Nicolle Bertozzi

Narration: Nishi Ayane

Special thanks: Awata Jinja, Fushimi Inari Taisha, Hayashi Nōgaku Kai, Kawamura Kazutaka, Kawamura Noh Butai, Kyoto Nōgaku Kai, Nakanishi Yuya, Udaka Tatsushige

Sponsored by: 京都府文化力チャレンジ補助事業

Music: Brian Bolger “First Dream”