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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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Once Chance, One Meeting

Contributed by David Surtasky (Editor’s Note: The below entry is one of a series of more abstract reflections on the craft of noh. Please see Jo-ha-kyu, Beyond the Agemaku and Fudō Myō-ō: The Immovable. Questions without answers; the intent is only … Continue reading

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Dōjō-ji (道成寺)

Contributed by David Surtasky Dōjō-ji (道成寺) (summary)  A fourth category play by Kanze Kojirō Nobumitsu Dōjō-ji Temple had not had a hanging bell for a long time. The reason for this was a terrible circumstance that had happened in the … 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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Hagoromo (羽衣)

Contributed by David Surtasky Hagoromo (羽衣) (summary)  A third category play attributed to Zeami  On a clear spring morning, after a night of passing rain, the fisherman Hakuryō and his companions traveled over the mountains and made their way to … Continue reading

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Funa-Benkei (船弁慶)

Contributed by David Surtasky Funa-Benkei  船弁慶 (summary) A fourth category play, attributed to Kanze Kojirō Nobumitsu Minamoto no Yoshitsune has gathered together his retainers, and prepares to leave Kyoto and go into self-imposed exile.  Along with his friend and loyal servant, … Continue reading

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Kazuraki (葛城)

Contributed by David Surtasky Kazuraki (葛城) (summary) A fourth category play, author unknown. Traveling from Mount Haguro a party of mountain priests (yamabushi) have decided to pay a visit to Mount Kazuraki in order to offer prayers to the deity … Continue reading

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Aoi no Ue (葵上)

Contributed by David Surtasky Aoi no Ue (summary) A fourth category play attributed to Zeami (At the front of the stage is laid a kosode representing the stricken Lady Aoi.) A courtier arrives and announces that he serves the retired … Continue reading

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Tomoe (巴)

Contributed by David Surtasky Tomoe (巴) (synopsis)  A Second-category play. Author unknown. A Buddhist monk from a mountain village in the Kiso region has decided to travel to Kyoto. Changing into his traveling cloak, he gathers his attendants and departs. … Continue reading

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Ama (海女)

Contributed by David Surtasky (Editor’s note: below is a summary of the play “Ama” in accompaniment to David Crandall’s translation/adaptation of the famous scene “Tama-no-Dan.”) Ama (海女) (summary) A fifth category play, author unkown The Fujiwara minister Fusazaki travels to … Continue reading

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