An Evening of Noh and Kyogen 2009


Monday, October 26, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. (Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.)


A Kyogen play, TACHIBAI (Stealing the Sword)
Featuring: SHIGEYAMA Sengoro
A Noh play, KAYOIKOMACHI (Komachi And The Suitor)
Featuring: KONGO Hisanori

Programme Synopsis

Kyogen: TACHIBAI (Stealing the Sword)

Stage photograph of Tachibai

On their way to Kitano Shrine, a servant (Tarokaja) and his master see a man bearing a fine sword and plot to steal it from him. Tarokaja grabs the sword when the man becomes absorbed in the wares at the market but instead the man turns on him and robs Tarokaja of the sword that he is carrying for his master. The master and Tarokaja decide to ambush the man. When he walks past them, the master grabs him from behind and orders Tarokaja to tie him up. Tarokaja, however, has to start by braiding a rope. When he finally finishes, he tries to tie the man up but…

This kyōgen play is a dramatization of a Japanese proverb about being prepared: “Don’t wait to make a rope until you see a thief.” The English expression equivalent to the proverb would be “It´s too late to lock the stable door after the horse is stolen.” The actions of the three characters after the man is captured are very comical.

Noh: KAYOI KOMACHI(Komachi And The Suitor)


Stage photograph of Kayoi Komachi

A priest who is under a summer discipline in the mountain village of Yase is brought wood and fruit every day by an unknown woman. When he asks who she is, he realises from her reply that she is the ghost of Ono no Komachi, the poetess of old who was so famed for her beauty. He therefore goes to her grave and prays. At this, her spirit and that of her most ardent suitor, Fukakusa no Shosho, appear and tell the priest of the trial Komachi set him. She promised herself to him if he came to her house every night for a hundred nights, but after braving all manner of obstacles to fulfil his task, he failed on the hundredth night.
(Translation by Waley.)
<From A GUIDE TO NŌ 5th ed. by P. G. Oniel, Hinoki Shoten,1981>



SHIGEYAMA Sengoro XIII -Okura School Kyogen actor-
Born in 1945. Eldest son of Shigeyama Sensaku IV (Living National Treasure and member of Japan Art Academy) of the Okura school of Kyogen. Sengoro studied under his grandfather Sensaku III and father Sensaku IV. He made his stage debut as a shite actor in 1949 in the play “Iroha.”
Sengoro XIII performed overseas for the first time in 1973 in Europe, followed by a number of tours in Europe and the United States. He organized the Hanagata Kyogen Kai association of young Kyogen actors in 1976. He is recipient of the Kyoto Municipal New Artist Award (1986) and the Kyoto Prefectural Culture Award’s Distinguished Service Prize (2004). He is a holder of Important Intangible Cultural Properties (collective recognition).
In 1990 he was sent by the Japan Foundation to perform in a series of programs in Southeast Asia. In 1994 he succeeded to the name Shigeyama Sengoro.

KONGO Hisanori

KONGO Hisanori -Kongo school Noh actor-
Twenty-sixth head of the Kongo school of Noh. Born in 1951 the eldest son of Kongo Iwao, 25th head of the Kongo school. He made his stage debut in “Shojo” at the age of five. He is a graduate of Doshisha University, Faculty of Literature.
Kongo Hisanori is recipient of the Kyoto Municipal New Artist Award (1984) and the Kyoto Prefectural Culture Award’s New Artist Prize (1986) and Distinguished Service Prize (2005). In 1991 he was designated a holder of Important Intangible Cultural Properties (collective recognition). In 1998 he succeeded as 26th head of the Kongo school.
The major plays he has performed include “Dojoji,” “Ataka,” “Tokusa,” “Sotoba Komachi,” and “Higaki.” He has also toured overseas a number of times, as head of a troupe performing in North America, Canada, Spain, and elsewhere.
He is managing director of the Nihon Nogaku-kai, honorary chairman of the Kongokai, president of the Kongo Nogakudo Foundation, and part-time instructor at the Kyoto City University of Arts.

Collaboration Kongo Nohgakudo
Endorsement Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Kyoto City Tourist Association, The Kyoto Shimbun Co., Ltd.
Admission Fees
Tickets will be
available at
Tickets will be available from Thursday, September 24 at:
Kongo Nohgakudo (Ichijo, Karasuma, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto / Tel:075-441-7222) and The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office (3rd Floor, Kyoto International Community House 2-1 Torii-cho, Awataguchi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto / Tel:075-762-1136)

Collaborating Event: logo Kyoto Art Festival 2009

Page Top