Noh Theater, Mask Carving, and Outreach

Under the guidance of the International Noh Institute and Kyoto Seika University, and funded through the generosity of the ITO Foundation, I spent two years in Kyoto studying Noh theater performance and mask carving as well as aided in various educational outreach efforts.

Performance

Learning Noh

Attended weekly formal lessons with Noh Actor and Teacher Udaka Michishige. During lessons we would practice utai (chanting) and dance (shimai). 

Public Performances

2013.11.3 Matsuyama Shimen Noh, shimai: Yuki

2014.2.11 Spring Kenkyu Kai, chu-no-mai; kokata role: tortoise: Tsurukame

2014.8.17 Kei-un Kai, Dai Kai, shimai: Kocho

2014.11.3 Matsuyama Shimen Noh, suutai and kokata role; maid: Kougo, shimai: Ukon

2015.2.11 Spring Kenkyu Kai, maibayashi; shite role; shoujo: Shoujo, chu-no-mai; kokata role: tortoise: Tsurukame

2015.8.23 Kei-un Kai, Summer Suutai Kai, suutai and tsure role; Aoi no Ue, suutai and kokata role; maid: Kougo, shimai: Shoujo

Mask Carving

Carving lessons

Attended weekly formal lessons with Noh Actor and Teacher Udaka Michishige. Learned traditional carving and painting techniques.

Gallery display

 2014.11.28-30 Displayed my ko-omote mask in group exhibition in Kyoto

Outreach

Performance Flyers

Created various flyers for public events put on by the International Noh Institute

Workshops

Assisted with various workshops which targeted foreign nationals visiting or living in Kyoto and taught them about Noh costumes, masks, and performance

Lectures

2015.7.25 Gave a lecture on Noh theater to ITO foundation staff and fellow scholarship recipients (in Japanese)

2017.2.23 Guest lecture on Noh theater at the University of Michigan [Asian 244]