An Evening of Noh and Kyogen 2010

The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office will organize “An Evening of Noh and Kyogen” to provide foreigners such as students and researchers from around the world with an opportunity to experience Japanese traditional culture.


Date Tuesday, 14 December 2010 from 6:30 p.m. (Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.)
Programme A Kyogen play, SUO OTOSHI (The Dropped Gift)
Featuring: SHIGEYAMA Sengoro
A Noh play, FUNA-BENKEI (Benkei in The Boat)
Featuring: KATAYAMA Kiyoshi

Programme Synopsis

Kyogen: SUO OTOSHI (The Dropped Gift)

Stage photograph of Suo Otoshi

The Master calls Taro Kaja, and orders him to go tell his Uncle that he is going on a pilgrimage, and is planning to leave the same day. He had promised the Uncle some time back that they would go together. The Master also orders Taro Kaja not to tell the Uncle that he is going to accompany his Master on the trip.
The Uncle, of course, refuses to go because of the short notice. He asks Taro Kaja if he is going, Taro Kaja says, yes, probably since there is no one else his Master can take along, so the Uncle insists on giving him a drink for good luck.
The more Taro Kaja drinks, the more he criticizes his Master's greed and stinginess, saying that the reason he didn't want the Uncle to know Taro Kaja was going along was because if the Uncle knew he would treat Taro Kaja to drinks and gifts in return for which they would be obliged to bring back souveniers for the Uncle, all his family and his servants. Taro Kaja praises the Uncle for his generosity and kindness, drinks more and more, gets drunker and drunker, begins repeating himself and getting things all mixed up.…
<From A GUIDE TO KYOGEN by Don Kenny, Hinoki Shoten, 1968>

Noh: FUNA-BENKEI (Benkei in The Boat)

Stage photograph of Funa Benkei

Benkei explains that in an attempt to clear himself of the suspicion which Yoritomo has about his younger brother's intentions, Yoshitsune has left the capital and come down to Daimotsu Bay. There Shizuka Gozen is with her lover Yoshitsune, but as Benkei insists that she must return to the capital, they have a farewell party at which Shizuka dances, and then she goes off alone. Yoshitsune and his men then put out to sea in a boat, but suddenly black clouds form, the seas rise, and the ghost of Taira no Tomomori comes upon them. It tries to seize Yoshitsune and carry him down into the sea to suffer the same fate as Tomomori himself (see Ikarikazuki), but is eventually driven off by the priestly power of Benkei. (Translation by Renondeau.)



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 "IrohaW
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.

KATAYAMA Kiyoshi-Kanze

KATAYAMA Kiyoshi-Kanze School Noh actor-
A shite (primary actor) of the Kanze School of Noh, Kiyoshi Katayama was born in 1964 as the first son of Kurouemon Katayama IX (living national treasure). His grandmother was the late Yachiyo Inoue IV (also a living national treasure), former head of the Inoue School of the traditional Kyoto Kyomai dance, and his older sister is Yachiyo Inoue V, head of the Inoue School. From childhood, Katayama studied Noh under his father and then Tetsunojo Kanze VIII. Together with his father, he organizes the Katayama Regular Noh performances. He performs frequently in theaters throughout the country, and often joins overseas tours to Europe, the United States, and other countries as well.
Katayama is involved in a variety of activities which are designed to share the joy of Noh with younger generations, including visiting Noh classes at schools, production of Noh picture books, stage production making full use of visual images, and the creation of virtual Noh plays using computer graphics technology.
Kiyoshi Katayama is a recipient of the Kyoto Prefectural Cultural Encouragement Award (1997), the Kyoto Municipal New Artist Award (2003), the New Artist Award of the National Arts Festival of the Agency for Cultural Affairs (2003), and the Japan Traditional Cultures Foundation Award (2007). He is one of a number of individuals who have been collectively designated as holders of Intangible Cultural properties, and he also serves as director of the Kyoto Kanze Kai association and executive director of the Katayama Noh and Kyomai Preservation Foundation.

Collaboration Katayama Noh and Kyomai Preservation Foundation,
Kyoto Kanzekai

Kyoto Prefecture,Kyoto City, Kyoto City Tourist Association,
The Kyoto Shimbun Co., Ltd.

Admission Fees

(All seats are Unreserved ):¥3,500 ( ¥2,000 for students)
A Party reduction(more than twenty) - 10%off
*JF Supporter’s Club:
A member of Associate - 20%off,
A member of Partner - 50%off

Tickets will be
available at

Tickets will be available from Wednesday, 20 October at:
Kyoto Kanze Kaikan (44 Enshoji-cho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto / Tel:075-771-6114) and The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office (3rd Floor, Kyoto International Community House 2-1 Torii-cho, Awataguchi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto / Tel:075-762-1136)

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