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Noh “SUMIDAGAWA” -Sound of prayer cradled in sorrow-

  • Japanese Traditional Art ,
  • Performance

One of the masterpieces of Noh play, “Sumidagawa”, was created by Motomasa, the eldest son of Zeami, who is said to be the Father of Noh play. The story was adapted into an opera entitled “Curlew River” by the British composer, Edward Benjamin Britten, and widely performed in various countries. This time, we focus on its dramatic maturity as well as Nenbutsu/Buddhist mantra which cradles sorrow. A hands-on program featuring Nenbutsu/Buddhist mantra is offered. It aims to help foreign audiences to feel and understand the true significance of Japanese culture.
※With English Translation and Subtitles


Takehito Tomoeda, Hiroshi Obinata and others


Robert Campbell

Workshop Lecture

Yoko Yamamura


13:00 Commentary of Noh “SUMIDAGAWA” by Robert Campbell
Prof. Rober t Campbell, whom you may have seen on TV, gives a lecture on how to appreciate the Noh play “SUMIDAGAWA” not only for the Japanese but also for the audience from overseas.

13:30-14:00 Japanese Style Voice Traning and Vocalization Experience
Female Noh performer, Yoko Yamamura, offer s a hands-on program of ancient Japanese vocalism by abdominal breathing. After mastering the basic breathing technique, the participants join a short lesson of Nenbutsu / Buddhist mantra in Noh chant of “SUMIDAGAWA” with a Noh performer of Kita school.
※With English translation

14:15-15:30 Performance Noh “SUMIDAGAWA”
We present “ Sumidagawa”, a favorite master-piece of Noh play which moves audiences to tears.
※Subtitled in English

15:45-16:15 Post-Performance Talk
The audience is welcome to join the Post-Performance Talk. (Open participation)


Advance tickets are sold out.
【About the day ticket】From 11:45 on the day of the performance, in 1st Floor of Kita Noh Theatre. We will sell a few sheets at the front reception desk at the main theater entrance.

[Ticket on Sale from Tuesday, October 23]
All seats reserved
Adults: 1st floor seats/3,000yen, 2nd floor seats/ 2,500yen
Students: 1st floor seats/1,500yen, 2nd floor seats/1,200yen

TEL: 0120-240-540(10:00-18:00 Weekdays)
*English available

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・Roppeita XIV Commemorative Noh Theatre (Kita Noh Theatre) (Pia Getti)

*No entry for children under 6 years old.
*Please buy the ticket for the wheelchair at Kita Noh Theatre.
*Occasionally, the program and performers may be changed due to circumstances.


Roppeita XIV Commemorative Noh Theatre (Kita Noh Theatre)
TEL:03-3491-8813(10:00~18:00 Irregular holidays)
*English available


Roppeita XIV Commemorative Noh Theatre (Kita Noh Theatre)



Organized by
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Supported by and in cooperation with
Tokyo Metropolitan Government