Category Archives: Noh plays

Sumidagawa (隅田川)

Contributed by David Surtasky Sumidagawa (隅田川) a fourth category play by Kanze Jūrō Motomasa There was once a Boatman who ferried people across the Sumidagawa, and on a certain day he was impatient to bring his passengers aboard. A Buddhist … Continue reading

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Miwa (三輪)

Contributed by David Surtasky Miwa (三輪) A fourth category play by an unknown author Many, many years ago there was a monk named Genpin. Now Genpin lived at the base of Mount Miwa, somewhat south of Nara. It was a … Continue reading

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Kanawa (鉄輪)

Contributed by David Surtasky Kanawa (鉄輪) A fourth category play by an unknown author Many, many years ago there was a certain Shinto Priest who attended to the Kibune Shrine. Now this shrine was north of Kyoto, on Mount Kurama, … Continue reading

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Takasago (高砂)

Contributed by David Surtasky Takasago (高砂) A first category play by Zeami Motokiyo Quite some time ago a Priest from Aso Shrine in Kyushu was traveling with his companions. The Priest was called Tomonari, and he had decided to pay … Continue reading

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今何時、我々は何処ですか

Contributed by David Surtasky The specifics of place: the Sumida River, Dan-no-Ura, Suma Bay, the forest of Ikuta, Mount Hakone, the plains of Adachigahara, the beach at Sumiyoshi, the Palace of Hōrai . In many noh plays, the place-names appear … Continue reading

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Iwafune (岩船)

Contributed by David Surtasky Iwafune (岩船) A first category play by an unknown author One autumn, in ancient days, an Officer of the Emperor’s court was making his way to the beach at Sumiyoshi. He and his servants traveled swiftly … Continue reading

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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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