Funa Benkei and Kiyotsune this weekend in Matsuyama

November 3rd ('culture day') is coming up soon, and with it the usual Matsuyama Shimin Noh performance organized by Udaka Michishige in Matsuyama (Ehime prefecture). This year the performance will take place on the 4th instead of the 3rd, and will feature the usual recital by Kei'un-kai students. This year's noh is Funa Benkei in the namima-no-den …

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, …

April, 4th 2012 Shinonome Noh

4/4 Shinonome NohShinonome 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 …