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Za-Square's Tour to Canada

  • Organization : Yamai Tsunao Office
  • Section : Overseas
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Japanese Traditional Art


There will be Noh lectures and performances in three Canadian cities by five shite-kata or principle Noh artists, chiefly from the Komparu school Noh actors’ group Za-Square.

•Chanting “Takasago”
•Commentary on Noh
•Shimai dance (performance of each dance from goban-me-mono)
•Dressing demonstration
•From Noh play “Hagoromo”
•Q&A and Experience corner

Tsunao Yamai, Shinobu Takahashi, Yoshiki Honda, Masahiro Nakamura, Yoshiaki Inoue


Yamai Tsunao Office
Noh is rooted in Japanese tradition. This company centers around Komparu school Noh artist Tsunao Yamai. Through interaction between diverse people such as Japanese, non-Japanese, every generation from children to the elderly, women and men, and through cultural experiences, information exchange etc., Yamai Tsunao Office aims to contribute to improvements in international peace and the environment through its efforts to create and develop a more attractive culture as it carries on the culture of Noh to date.

Formed in 1998 by the Komparu school shite-kata Shinobu Takahashi, Hachiro Tsujii, Tsunao Yamai and Yoshiaki Inoue. The group, which strives for the development and diffusion of Noh, undertakes a wide range of activities in order to take on the role of next generation leaders in the world of Noh. The group has received great acclaim for its respect for tradition, having received direct discipline from the last grand master of the Komparu school.


The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)(Vancouver, Canada)
Yukon Arts Centre (Whitehorse, Canada)
Gas Station Theatre (Winnipeg, Canada)