The speed of time

This year’s Kaki-kenkyūkai (summer training meeting) took place on August 12th at the Dentōgeinōkaikan in Ōtsu, on the Biwa lake. Unlike the Noh stages that belong to families, the  Dentōgeinōkaikan is ‘non-confessional’: it is used by various Noh groups. The venue is also used for other forms of performance and traditional arts, such as tea…

Japanese aesthetics #1

One of my main academic interests, which was also one of the frames of my PhD thesis, is the intersection of aesthetics and ethics, especially in the intercultural experience. European philosophy has developed ways to relate to the the spheres of the ‘beautiful’ and the of the ‘good’ in very different ways if compared with…

The end of it all

If there is something Noh teaches, and is really good at it, is to fight against expectations. What is an expectation? The logic conclusion of a process based on the probability of this occurrence to happen – this is mathematics. The possible conclusion of a process based on our hopes for this occurrence to happen…