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The 11th UNESCO Anniversary Noh

  • Organization : The Nohgaku Performers' Association
  • Section : In Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Japanese Traditional Art


This performance is held yearly to celebrate Noh’s designation as one of humanity’s important cultural treasures.
This year the performance has been redesigned into two parts, thus allowing even more people to experience the wonder and grandeur of Noh. Each part will be performed in the five styles of Noh. The day part will feature each of the five subjects of Noh plays: gods, men, women, madness, and demons. The night part will feature the same play performed in different styles, so that fans both new and old can enjoy seeing how the styles differ. The performers are also up-and-coming stars of the Noh world.
Each performance will have plasma TVs at the front of the hall displaying lyrics in Japanese and English. Free booklets offering insights into the world of Noh will also be provided to the audience. These helpful guides are for both oldcomers and newcomers to the fascinating world of Noh. The booklets are available in Japanese, Korean, Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, and Arabic.


The Nohgaku Performers’ Association
The Nohgaku Performers’ Association was established in 1945 to manage all Noh performers, preserve and expand this traditional Japanese art, as well as to contribute to the nation’s culture through public performances. In March 2010, it was designated a public interest incorporated association by the Prime Minister, and registered as such the following month.


The Nohgaku Performers’ Association


National Noh Theatre (Shibuya City, Tokyo)