Category Archives: Noh plays

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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Adachigahara

Transformed by rage she became a demon Yet, even now – in the face of heaven and earth she weakened her terrible form diminished then blinded Without sight she drifted Without purpose on increasingly unsteady feet Now denied her; her … 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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Haunted.

Contributed by David Surtasky Spirits that visit us in our dreams. Furtive and unbidden. The story is told through noh over and over. The traveler, a priest, a monk, a courtier, a messenger – comes to a particular place, and … Continue reading

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Futari Shizuka (二人静)

(Editor’s note: the below summary is principally derived from “The Two Shizukas. Zemai’s Futari Shizuka”, Jacqueline Mueller, Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 36, No. 3 (Autumn, 1981), pp. 285-298, Published by Sophia University.) Contributed by David Surtasky Futari Shizuka (二人静) (summary) A … Continue reading

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Lady Rokujō

Reflection on Aoi-no-Ue Lady Rokujō; her palm-frond carriage brought quietly up to see the procession in hopes of brief forgetfulness. Her graceful sleeves trailed beneath the curtains, colors like that of a little girl. In the crush of the crowd … Continue reading

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Shizuka (静御前)

Reflection on Funa-benkei Salt air and tears mingled with the flowing 淀川 as Shizuka danced. There was a time when she had danced for rain. Now in this dry season – autumn leaves crumpled, scattered broken like pages of a … Continue reading

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Momijigari (紅葉狩)

Contributed by David Surtasky Momijigari (紅葉狩) (summary) A fifth category play by Kanze Nobumitsu A delicate and elegant Noble Lady and her companions once traveled deep into the mountains in order to view the autumn leaves of gold and crimson. … Continue reading

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Motomezuka (求塚)

Contributed by David Surtasky Motomezuka (求塚) (summary) A fourth category play attributed to Kan’nami As is sometimes the case, a group of Monks traveled from the west, making their way to Kyoto. Drawing their traveling cloaks about them, they went … Continue reading

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