The Mask

This is one of the authentic Noh drama masks displayed in our town hall during our recent Cultural Day festival.


Our neighbor is one of the few remaining Noh drama mask craftsman in Japan.


And this is what wikipedia has to say about Noh drama:


Noh or Nō (Japanese: 能) is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century. Together with the closely-related kyogen farce, it evolved from various popular, folk and aristocratic art forms, including Dengaku, Shirabyoshi, and Gagaku. Surprisingly, although Noh has been slow and stylised for the past few centuries, its roots can be traced back to Chinese acrobatics, Sarugaku, and folk theatricals. Kan'ami and his son Zeami brought Noh to its present-day form during the Muromachi period. It would later influence other dramatic forms such as Kabuki and Butoh. During the Meiji era, although its governmental patronage was lost, Noh and kyogen received official recognition as two of the three national forms of drama. Noh is unique in its slow, spartan grace and its use of distinctive masks.


'The Mask' On Black

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Taken on November 10, 2006