Noh masks are scary if you make them look scary

Fantastic novel, but horrendous cover design. Then you wonder why people think Noh masks are scary. I never thought an onnamen (female mask) was scary until I saw this! Luckily the Italian edition which I read ages ago has a more plain cover art. And by the way, onnamen is the original title, not just ‘masks’… Ah, now I see why they needed to add the creepy female mask picture.

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Noh exhibition at Portland Art Museum

Someone just posted info about this exhibition at Portland Art Museum on the AAP mailing list.

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Dance Drama of the Samurai

NOV 17, 2012 – FEB 24, 2013

This special exhibition presents a selection of traditional masks, costumes, and musical instruments that evoke the solemnity and celebratory splendor of Noh, while woodblock prints illustrate the performance on stage.