Munenori Takeda and Fumiyuki Takeda, two of the most respected Noh actors in Japan, presented a interactive workshop in Seattle. The workshop included a short Noh performance, where the audience can take part in acting and singing along to the lines. IBUKI conducted an interview with Munenori Takeda, who explains the world of Noh, and what is “sugoi” (amazing) about it.
Noh is a traditional Japanese stage performance that was created almost seven hundred years ago. It is a musical drama performed only by men. The actors in Noh wear masks that represent their character in the play. Since most of its music and lines are old, it is considered hard to understand by modern Japanese people, but Munenori and Fumiyuki Takeda teach various workshops in Japan to bring more people into the tradition. This introduction to Noh is the first time they did a workshop outside of Japan.
The Noh workshop was organized by SUGOI Experience JAPAN!, who provides Japan-related perfoming and visual arts in the Seattle area.