Category Archives: Noh Play Synopses

Synopses of traditional Japanese noh plays.

Nomori (野守)

Contributed by David Surtasky Nomori (野守) A fifth category play by Motokiyo Zeami Quite some time ago, a Mountain Priest was traveling, as they often do. From the north, he was making his way to Mount Kazuraki. He passed through … Continue reading

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Shunkan (俊寛)

Contributed by David Surtasky Shunkan (俊寛) A fourth-category play by an unknown author Quite some time ago there was a great war between the Minamoto and Taira clans. It was a terrible war, and many had suffered because of it. … Continue reading

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Tōboku (東北)

Contributed by David Surtasky Tōboku (東北) A third-category play, attributed to Zeami Once, many years ago, a Monk and his attendants decided to travel all the way to Kyoto from the East. It was early spring, and still just a … Continue reading

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Nue (鵺)

Contributed by David Surtasky Nue (鵺) a fifth category play attributed to Zeami There was once, many years ago, a certain Monk who made his way around the provinces visiting numerous temples and shrines. He had gazed at the sky … Continue reading

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Tsuchigumo [土蜘蛛]

Contributed by David Surtasky Tsuchigumo [土蜘蛛] A fifth category play by an unknown author. Many years ago in Kyoto, the faithful servant Kochō sought out a doctor of the Imperial Court. Her lord, Minamoto no Raikō, had become gravely ill … Continue reading

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Kochō (胡蝶)

Contributed by David Surtasky Dedicated to Jean Ann Wertz of the Zen Mountain Monestary, Mt. Tremperer, NY Kochō (胡蝶) (summary) A third category play by Kanze Nobumitsu One early spring a Monk from the mountains of Yoshino was making his … Continue reading

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Sōshi-arai Komachi [草紙洗(小町)]

Contributed by David Surtasky Sōshi-arai Komachi [草紙洗(小町)] A third category play by an unknown author. Many years ago in Miyako there was a courtier named Ōtomo no Kuronushi. He was renowned for his poetry, and had been called to participate … Continue reading

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