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34th Mayumino-kai

  • Organization : Matsunokai a general corporation
  • Section : Artistic and creative activity in Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Japanese Traditional Art


Due to concerns over the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and in consideration of the health and safety of participants and staff members, this program was canceled.

For the 34th Mayumino-kai on the theme of Noh chanting and dance, organizers lined up two pieces, the Noh play “Matsukaze,” and the dance-focused maibayashi piece “Tatsuta.” The performance included a display with folding fans to bolster the audience appeal of Noh. The folding fan has always played a major role in Noh, and is one of the aesthetic highlights of the Noh stage. Performances feature a variety of different fans, and the rules concerning their usage vary widely depending on the performer and the piece. The display was designed to give audiences a close-up experience of the charm and beauty of the folding fan in all its variations. Additionally, organizers planned to give out a handbook called “The ABCs of Fan” to audience members, with the aim of helping theatergoers to enjoy Noh from a different perspective by providing information on different aspects of the folding fan in Noh, such as its characteristics and the assorted rules governing its use.


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Matsunokai chairperson Chitoshi Matsuki was born in 1962 as the eldest son of the Matsuki family spanning three generations of shitekata principle Noh actors in the Kanze style. In 1966 he made his stage debut in the Shimai “Oimatsu,” and after graduating from Gakushuin junior high and high school, he was apprenticed to Yukifusa Takeda in 1982, while studying in the Department of Traditional Japanese Music at Tokyo University of the Arts. After graduating he became independent in 1989, and established Matsunokai in 2016 with the aim of passing down the traditions of Japan’s oldest theatrical art form Noh. Besides his stage work, designated Important Intangible Cultural Property Matsuki is active in the promotion of Noh culture, planning and holding workshops for schools and lecture courses across the country. To date (February 2020) he has 195 shite-role performances under his belt. He took over the annual Mayumino-kai from his predecessor, an event now in its 34th year. His intention is to continue his work promoting Noh-related activities.


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