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鎌倉能舞台で、膏薬の東西対決!?
traditional culture
2018.06.13

East-West confrontation of plaster on the Kamakura Noh stage!?

鎌倉能舞台 
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TOP image taken by: Sosuke Komai

The cypress stage of a Kyogen artist living in the 21st century
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Kamakura Noh stage east-west confrontation of plaster!
Ozo Doctrine (Noh Performer Kyogen Style Ozo Ryu)

The place overlooked by Kannon is Hase in Kamakura City, which shows a lot of activity even on weekdays. The number of tourists on Daibutsu Dori, which runs from the station to Daibutsu, is not the same as that of weekdays when it is a holiday.
Still, when you enter the alley from the busy street, there is a quiet residential area. Located here is Noh Kamakura Stage, which is the venue for today's performances.
East-West confrontation of plaster on the Kamakura Noh stage!?
Capacity is 200 seats. There is a tatami room and chairs, and the front row will be accessible to the performers if you reach out. In addition to the commentary before the performance, subtitles are prepared during the Noh performance, and there is a question and answer session after the performance. I think the Noh Kyogen performances, which are planned so far from the customer's perspective, are quite rare.

This day is a two-part system in the morning and afternoon. In the first part, Kyogen "Plastic medicine" and Noh "Fuji Taiko". The second part performed Kyogen "Jizo Mai" and Noh "Rakumon".

"Plaster pottery" is a story in which the plaster pottery of Tokyo and the plaster pottery of Kamakura confront each other, and compare which is stronger. The one who applied the plaster on their noses and was pulled was the loser.
The second part, "The Prodigal Monk," is a story of revenge. Kyogen actors must appear in Noh as well as Kyogen.

East-West confrontation of plaster on the Kamakura Noh stage!?

Photography: Piece Sosuke

Kyogen has no subtitles, but I heard a laughter at the key points. The small space properly reduces the distance between the performer and the audience.
In Noh, there are people who nodded and followed the story while watching subtitles. This is evidence that understanding has deepened.
The tension of the actors also climaxed in the scene of attempting revenge. You can see that the customer's energy is concentrated on the stage. "Medsuri" and "Yeah" felt like they were able to connect at that moment, which made me very happy.
East-West confrontation of plaster on the Kamakura Noh stage!?
Photo: Sosuke Komai

The performance ended in the evening. The sea breeze from Yuigahama is comfortable on Daibutsu Street. I will be released from the tension of the stage and return to the present age.

<Peek behind the scenes...>

This is the lacquer oil used for "plaster medicine". It is an essential item for putting "plaster" on your nose. Without this, you can't compare the sucking.
East-West confrontation of plaster on the Kamakura Noh stage!?

I am immersed in the work of painting "Kasuke oil" on paper in the dressing room.
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If it falls on the way, it literally means "I can't talk," so in case something goes wrong, we repair it with double-sided tape.
This is also one aspect of the modern Kyogen artist.

  • Kamakura Noh Stage
  • Kamakura Noh Stage

The Kamakura Noh stage was founded in late Hase, Kamakura city, on May 3, 1970, with the aim of contributing to the improvement of culture by opening and promoting traditional Japanese performing arts and Noh. .. (Completed in April 1969) Currently, Kanata Nakamori is the successor and is in operation. In addition to holding regular performances “Knowing about Noh” ®, the stage, Noh masks and costumes are exhibited and displayed as a Noh Museum. You can also use it at exhibitions. On November 1, 2011, we were certified as a public interest incorporated foundation by Kanagawa Prefecture.

In addition, since 2009, it has been opened to the public as a "Noh Museum" open to the public. You can see the Noh stage and an exhibition of Noh masks and costumes.

  • Address
    3-5-13 Hase, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
  • TEL
    0467-22-5557
  • Business Hour
    10:00 to 16:00 [Closed days] Sundays and holidays, other irregular holidays *If you apply in advance, you can also visit on Sundays and holidays.
  • Parking Area
    None (there is no private parking lot)

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