TOP image shooting: Sosuke Komai
Hinoki stage of Kyogen masters living in the 21st century
Vol.1 East-West confrontation of plaster on the Kamakura Noh stage!
Okura doctrine (Noh performer Kyogen style Okura school)
This is Hase, Kamakura City, which is crowded even on weekdays, overlooking Kannon. The number of tourists on Daibutsu-dori, which runs from the station to Daibutsu-sama, is not as high as on weekdays when it comes to holidays.
Even so, when you enter the alley from the busy street, you will find a quiet residential area. This is the Kamakura Noh Stage, where today's performance is held.
The capacity is 200 seats. A tatami room and chair seats are prepared, and the front row can be touched by the performers if you reach out. In addition to the commentary before the performance, subtitles will be prepared during the Noh performance, and there will be a question and answer session after the performance. I think that the performances of Noh Kyogen, which are planned 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 the Kyogen "Jizo Mai" and the Noh "Release Monk".
"Plastic medicine" is a story in which the plaster of Tokyo and the plaster of Kamakura confront each other, and compare which plaster is stronger. Each other puts a plaster on their nose, and the one who is pulled loses.
The second part, "The Lieutenant Monk," is a story of a slaughter. Kyogen actors must appear not only in Kyogen but also in Noh.
Photo: Sosuke Komai
Kyogen has no subtitles, but I heard laughter at key points. The small space reduces the distance between the performer and the audience.
In Noh, some people follow the story while watching the subtitles and nod "Yeah." Evidence of a deeper understanding.
The tension of the actors is also a climax when trying to avenge. You can see that the customer's spirit is concentrated on the stage. Both "medicine" and "yes" felt like they were connected at that moment, which made me very happy.
Photo: Sosuke Komai
The performance ended in the evening. When you go out to Daibutsu-dori, the sea breeze from Yuigahama is comfortable. Freed from the tension of the stage, I will return to the present age.
<If you take a quick look behind the scenes ...>
This is the shaving oil used for "plaster oil". It is an essential item for applying "plaster" to your nose. Without this, you can't compare by sucking.
I'm absorbed in the work of applying "boiled oil" to paper in the dressing room.
If it falls on the way, it literally "doesn't talk", so just in case, repair it firmly with double-sided tape.
This is also one side of the modern Kyogen master.