Awaji, Kongo-ryu utaibon

Awaji

On May 12th I’m going to sing in the chorus for the maibayashi (dance and music excerpt) from the Noh Awaji at the Ninomaru Castle Takigi Noh in Matsuyama (Ehime pref.). This time the shite is going to be Higaki Takafumi, while Udaka Michishige is going to lead the chorus. It is the first time for me to…

Matsuyama Shimin Noh 2014 – Aoinoue mumyo no inori

Next Sunday (November 3rd, which is both my birthday and the ‘culture day’ in Japan) I will take part to the Matsuyama Shimin Noh performance at the Yamatoya Honten Noh stage in Matsuyama, Shikoku. The event begins at 10:00 with a recital (entry free of charge), featuring Udaka Michishige’s students. I will perform a shimai, or dance excerpt,…

Shimai pictures – Yashima

I rarely publish pictures of myself on stage. Today I will make an exception as I received some great shots from Massimo Fioravanti, a very talented Italian photographer who has been following Udaka-sensei the past few months, taking pictures of performances and training sessions. Massimo has been working on various projects in Japan. Most notably,…

Yashima shimai in Matsuyama

I am going to perform the shimai (short dance excerpt of a longer play) of the Noh Yashima on Friday 23rd November, on the occasion of Udaka Michishige’s performance at the Matsuyama Shimin Noh at the Dogo Yamatoya Nogakudo in Matsuyama. This is my third shura-mono (warrior play) shimai after I danced the kiri section…

Matsuyama Shimin Noh 2012

11/23 – 28th Matsuyama Shimin Noh Performance My teacher, Udaka Michishige is the descendant of the Udaka Clan, serving the Matsudaira lords in Matsuyama from 1712 until the beginning of the Meiji period, when the clan disbanded as a consequence of the upheavals of the Meiji restoration. Having the desire to restore the connection with…

April, 4th 2012 Shinonome Noh

4/4 Shinonome Noh Shinonome Shrine, MatsuyamaFrom 2:00p.m. (gates open at 1:30p.m. ) Program:Maibayashi: “KIYOTSUNE” shite: UDAKA MichishigeKyogen: “BONSAN” shite: FURUKAWA MichiroNoh: “HAGOROMO-Banshiki” shite: KONGO Tatsunori  Click here I II for further details. Tickets: 2,000 yen Reserve tickets (in Japanese) by phone or e-mail: 090-4784-5847, http://shinonome-nou.com/

Matsuyama ‘mushiboshi’

A few weeks ago I had the privilege to participate to the Mushiboshi (虫干) of the Shinonome Shinto shrine (東雲神社) in Matsuyama, Shikoku, where the ancestors of my Master, Udaka Michishige, used to live and perform under the patronage of the aristocrats settled in Matsuyama castle. Mushiboshi (lit. ‘drying insects’) is a periodical cleaning and…