Emotional recorder: on photographing Noh performance

[This is] what you see when you close your eyes … says this poster I noticed in the lobby of the Dentogeino Kaikan in Otsu (Shiga pref.) next to Miidera. A woman closes her eyes and remembers an instant from the Noh Izutsu (The Stone-Well). The poster very delicately warns the audience that it is prohibited…

Noh thriller movie – 天河伝説殺人事件

Back from Japan and heavily jet-lagged as usual, I was wandering the many Noh-related blog pages when I bumped into 天河伝説殺人事件 (Tenkawa Densetsu Satsujin Jiken) a 1991 thriller by Ichikawa Kon, the director of The Burmese Harp, Tokyo Olympiad and many other legendary films. 天河伝説殺人事件 looks like a standard 80s old-school detective story with the…

Pizza Nohgaku

I have already posted something on unconventional/ironic ways of using Noh theatre, but I think this goes beyond what I have encountered so far. I am unsure I understand the process that led to the creation of the video below; I don’t even know whether the Noh utai amateur pizza-ossan was a  victim of this…

Hi-res Noh

Claire suggested me this promo video by Canon, showing off the amazing capabilities of the 5D Mark II model camera. Interestingly enough, Canon used Noh for the concept of this advertisement. The images are just gorgeous and I love the superimposition of movements and non-Noh music. Philologically, the autumn sequences are a bit out of…

Kyogen for children

Another children-oriented TV version of a popular Kyogen piece, 千鳥 Chidori. This time featuring the multi-faceted Nomura Mansai.