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Shakkyo (石橋)

[Editor’s Note: Shakkyo (石橋) is a felicitous piece, most often performed at the conclusion of a full program of noh. The shishimai dance (lion dance) performed near the play’s conclusion is energetic and intentionally exciting. According to the-noh.com “Shakkyō is … 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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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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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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Taema (当麻)

(Editor’s Note: the below summary is principally derived from “Taema a Noh Play Attributed to Zeami,” Thomas Rimer, Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 25, No. 3/4 (1970), pp. 431-445. Published by: Sophia University. The play tells of the Princess Chūjō and her … Continue reading

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Kurama-tengu (鞍馬天狗)

Contributed by David Surtasky Kurama-tengu (鞍馬天狗) A fifth category play (attributed to Miyamasu) A certain Yamabushi (mountain priest) from the valley of Sōjō-ga-tani had heard that there would be a cherry blossom viewing party on the nearby Mount Kurama. He … Continue reading

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Yamamba (山姥)

Contributed by David Surtasky Yamamba (山姥) (summary) A fifth category play attributed to Zeami Many years ago there was a popular dancer in Kyoto nicknamed Hyakuma-yamamba. She was famous for creating a kusemai telling the story of a Yamamba, a … Continue reading

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Sesshōseki (殺生石)

Contributed by David Surtasky Sesshōseki (summary) A fifth category play, attributed to Hiyoshi Saami  Once there was a monk named Gennō. A preacher and devout disciple of the Buddha, one autumn he decided to leave the East of Japan and … Continue reading

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Tama-no-Dan

Contributed by David Crandall INTRODUCTION: “Tama-no-Dan is a famous segment from the noh play Ama, which recounts how a diver (a woman of humble origins) has an affair with a high court official (Fujiwara no Fuhito) and bears him a … Continue reading

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