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The 11th Annual Takiginou Performance (Torchlight Noh Performance)

  • Organization : Executive Committee for Asukayama Takiginou
  • Section : In Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Japanese Traditional Art


In October 2003, Noh Artist Shigeya Kimura started Asukayama Takiginou. Mr. Kimura wanted to use his Noh talents as a means of giving back to the city of Kita, his hometown. This year marks the group’s 11th performance. The performances, set on a stage illuminated by bonfires and Japanese traditional candles, invite you into a twilight world filled with nature and history.

-Opening Performances
Part 1: Shimai Dance and Kyogen Farce performed by a local university’s Noh club
Part 2: Noh Play Hagoromo (The Swan Maiden), by Otomasa Sakai and others

-Main Performances
Subayashi Short Play Shishi (The Lion), by Motonori Kanze and others
Kyogen Farce Busu (The Delicious Poison), by Mansaku Nomura, Mansai Nomura and others
Noh Play Tsuchigumo (Ground Spider), by Yoshimasa Kanze


Asukayama Takiginou
The late Shigeya Kimura, a member of the Association for Japanese Noh Plays and general holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property in Noh Plays, who had lived in Kita City, began this tradition under his chairmanship in 2003 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Edo Shogunate. Since its 4th performance, volunteers from local city associations, shopping streets and companies have carried on his legacy and tradition. The performances include famous Japanese Noh artists like Mansaku Nomura and Genshou Umewaka, and this year there will be opening performances by a local university Noh club and a local association aiming to develop young Noh artists.


Sumio Tamura
c/o Kimura
3-21-5 Tabata, Kita-ku, Tokyo 114-0014
E-mail: stamu◆kitanet.ne.jp
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Outdoor Stage, Asukayama Park (Kita City, Tokyo)