This one-day-only event is an opportunity to enjoy two forms of traditional culture at once: Noh, a Japanese performing art that has continued uninterrupted for 700 years; and rakugo, a popular entertainment among the general public since olden times. For lighting at night, bamboo that grows wild around the temple is cut and made into lanterns, which are placed around the stage and garden to create a subtle, mysterious border.
In connection with the Noh play “Shōjō Midare,” complimentary sake will be given out to those attending the performance. In addition, before the Noh performance a Noh actor will give a mini-lecture including explanations of specific highlights of the play.
People who tend to think of Noh as difficult, and those who have never experienced Noh before, will have an opportunity to watch a Noh performance in a relaxed and carefree way.
Rakugo: Shunputei Ichinosuke
Just 11 years after starting his training, in an extraordinary occurrence, Shunputei Ichinosuke was selected over 21 other rakugo artists for promotion to the position of top performer, Shin-uchi. Rakugo fans are captivated by his unique storytelling style.
Noh: Jiichi Asami
Jiichi Asami is a shite-kata (principal role) Noh actor of the Kanze School. He is recognized as a holder of Important Intangible Cultural Properties.
Asami studied with his father, Masataka Asami, and the late Tetsunojo Kanze VIII. He made his stage debut at the age of three in the shimai (Noh dance) “Oimatsu” (The Old Pine Tree). He is active in overseas performances, new and revived Noh works, films and so on. Asami assists with Yoyogi Kachokai, which is directed by his father, and periodically holds performances at Yoyogi Nohbutai.
4-36-14 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0053
Myojyuji, Hondo (Setagaya City, Tokyo)