A Message from Udaka Tatsushige
I know we have all experienced difficulties each day as a result of the spread of the novel coronavirus.
I’ve heard in the past from my Kongō school seniors about their noh activities during the war. Indeed, because of those efforts of many people to survive and to preserve their culture during turbulent times, I feel there is much that has been passed on to us that is relevant today. With a particular thought in mind, I decided to hold a Tatsushige no Kai performance this year.
Do you know the place in Otsu City called “Seki Semimaru Shrine”?
Seki Semimaru Shrine is devoted to Semimaru, known as a Heian Period poet and blind biwa, or lute, priest, and who is worshipped here as a god of music. The “Seki Semimaru Shrine Arts Festival” was started in 2017 for the purpose of restoring the shrine which had been showing signs of aging in recent years.
Having a connection with the event from its start and having received a mission in 2019 as “Seki Semimaru Shrine Performing Arts Ambassador, ” I had been thinking about what I could do in this capacity and decided to hold this Tatsushige no Kai performance as a “Seki Semimaru Shrine Kanjin Noh.” Kanjin Noh, fundraising performances for shrine or temple construction or repairs, date back to the early history of noh.
In other words, a Kanjin Noh is a charity performance event. Part of today’s proceeds will be donated to Seki Semimaru Shrine along with a list of the names of all who have participated in today’s performance. I hope it will be possible, through Noh, to connect Japanese culture as it relates to Seki Semimaru Shrine and your daily lives.
I have invited the Chief Priest of Seki Semimaru Shrine, Hashimoto Masahiro, to join us on the day of the performance and he will conduct a purification ceremony before the start of the Kanjin Noh. Seating will be reduced by half as a measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but we will also be livestreaming the performance on the internet. Our everyday world and the world of Noh, the Noh theatre and livestreaming….. I hope you will enjoy this experience beyond time and space. I’m looking forward to your participation and to your joining us at the theatre.
Purification Ceremony: Seki Semimaru Shrine Chief Priest, Hashimoto Masahiro
Greeting: Udaka Tatsushige
Discussion: Hashimoto Masahiro, Chief Priest of Seki Semimaru Shrine and Udaka Tatsushige
Shimai: Semimaru, Michiyuki
Shite: Hatano Yoshiko
Chorus: Udaka Tatsushige, Sōmyō Tadasuke, Mukai Hiroki, Yukawa Ryo
Kōtō: Shigeyama Chuzaburo
Biwa Lender: Yamaguchi Kōdō
Zatō: Yamamoto Yoshiyuki
Stage attendant: Okamoto Hironobu
(30 Minute Intermission)
Noh: Chikubushima, Nyotai
Shite: Udaka Tatsushige
Tsure: Udaka Norishige
Waki: Oka Mitsuru
Waki-tsure: Arimatsu Ryōichi, Hara Riku
Ai-kyogen: Shigeyama Chuzaburo
Flute: Akai Yōsuke
Shoulder drum: Hayashi Yamato
Hip drum: Moriyama Yasuyuki
Stick drum: Maekawa Mitsunori
Stage attendants: Kongō Hisanori, Hirota Yukitoshi, Teshima Yukihiro
Chorus: Matsuno Yasunori, Taneda Michikazu, Kongō Tatsunori, Hirota Yasuyoshi, Imai Katsunori, Teshima Kōji, Shigemoto Masaya, Yamada Isumi
The performance is expected to finish around 5 p.m.
Synopses and Commentary
The 6th Tatsushige no kai
-Noh Performance to Raise Funds for Shrine Repairs-
11 July 2021 (Sun) 2 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m.)
Kongo Noh Theatre
Karasuma Ichijō-agaru Ryūmon-cho, 590
- Subway Karasuma line-Imadegawa (K06), South Exit (n.6). Walk South 300m.
- No parking is available - please use the parking within the Gosho Imperial Gardens.
Tickets（only available in Japanese）
All seatings are reserved
□ 1st class / 15,000yen
□ 2nd class / 10,000yen
□ 3rd class / 8,000yen
□ Family seats / 4,000yen per 1 people (more than 2 people)
- You can book one of these if you come with a +6 year-old son, daughter or grandson, granddaughter. All the balcony is reserved for these seats, so you can sit back and enjoy the performance.
□ Next generation seats / 4,000yen
- These seats are for those who are students, or never seen the noh performance before, or are interested in the performing arts in general.
- You can watch the performance live. In addition, you can also view the archived video for 1 month after the performance.
- ※ This video can also be seen by those who joined the audience on the day of the performance.
▼ Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated/dedicated to Seki Semimaru Shrine along with a list of donors.
Depending on the location of seats, they may be included in the filming of the video for streaming.
Be sure to check where your seat is when purchasing your ticket.
▼ Text of lyrics, and recording of the chant in the form of an MP3 audio file with a translation into modern Japanese and English. Before the performance, a text of the lyrics and Recording of the chant in the form of an MP3 audio file with a translation into modern Japanese will be available. By listening in advance it will be easier to hear the lines as they are sung on stage. You will also be able to enjoy the recording after the performance.