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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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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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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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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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