This year's Tatsushige-no-kai is will be the fourth instalment of the series, which started in 2014. I will perform Tanikō, a noh play set in the world of shugendō (Japanese mountain ascetism).
Shugendō originated on Mt. Kazuraki (between Nara and Osaka), where En-no-gyōja, the mythical founder of the cult, practiced austerities. Pilgrimages of yamabushi (mountain priests) to these sacred grounds continue even today. According to the legend, En-no-gyōja had a demon couple, Zenki and Goki, as his disciples. It is thought that the descendants of these demons have been perpetuating the tradition of En-no-gyōja for over 1300 years. On the occasion of this year's Tatsushige-no-kai, I have invited Nishino Hatsuo, a representative of one of the five ‘demon’ clans descending from Zenki and Goki, to talk about the shugendō practices of Mt. Kazuraki and the five demon clans. The talk will be followed by the performance of noh and kyogen plays.
The play Tanikō is set on the pilgrimage route known as the 'Twenty-eight Mansions of Kazuraki', extending across the areas of Osaka, Wakayama and Nara. Though this route is as important as the 'Okugake-michi' of Mt. Ōmine, another sacred mountain that has been designed as World Heritage site, it is currently at risk of disappearance due to the exploitation of the territory it crosses.
I hope that this year's Tatsushige-no-kai will be a chance to reflect on the value of the traditional culture as it is represented by noh and by shugendō. I am grateful to our guests, Nishino Hatsuo and Asamura Motonobu, for having accepted the invitation to my event, and I look forward to meeting you all.
Nishino Hatsuo is a representative of one of the five clans descending from Zenki and Goki (Kameoka, Nishino, Nakai, Nakagawa, Maesaka). He is based in Kinokawa City, in Wakayama Prefecture, and has a long experience in shugendō practices.
Asamura Motonobu has been a disciple of the late Takahashi Toshio since 1996. With him he studied Buddhist sculpture and restoration. After three years of introductory studies, he has continued his studies in Kyushu and Osaka until he achieved independence and moved to Nara in 2011. He participated in the carving of three statues of Mii-dera: Amida Nyorai, Yakushi Nyorai and Senju Kannon Bosatsu. Apart from his activities as carver of Buddhist statutes, he is involved in a project for the conservation of the Twenty-eight Mansions of Kazuraki.
'The shugendō practices of Mt. Kazuraki and the five demon clans'
Kyogen: Kani Yamabushi
Tickets & Access
The Fourth Tatsushige no Kai - Tanikō
Noh Performance Tatsushige Udaka
TIME and DATE
30 June 2018 (Saturday) from 14:00 (doors open at 13:00)
The Kongo Noh Theatre
Subway Karasuma-Imadegawa (K06), South Exit (n.6). Walk South 300m.
SEATINGS AND PRICES
Special seats / 15,000yen (with a CD and a gift)
First class seats / 10,000yen
Second class seats / 8,000yen
Third class seats (non-reserved)/ 5,000yen
Parents and children seats (2 people) / 7,000yen
Next generation seats (nonreserved) / 3,000yen
First class boxes (1 to 5 people) / 50,000yen
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FOR TICKETS AND FURTHER INFORMATION
Tickets on sale from 2 April, 2018 (Mon) 10:00- . Early booking is recommended.
CD with lyrics and contemporary Japanese text.
You can enjoy the performance at a deeper level if you are familiar with the lyrics in advance. We will send the CD along with your ticket purchase. Cost: 1000yen.
*Refunds are not available.
*At the door tickets subject to availability.
Audio and video recordings of the performance, including photographs, are strictly prohibited.
Please switch off your mobile phone before the performance.
Child care service
We have arranged a child care service for children aged 1~5. The fee is between 2000 and 3000yen. For more information please contact the Tatsushige no Kai office (080-4243-7440) Mon-Fri 10:00-16:00. (English and Japanese)
Front seats area
Seats facing the front of the stage.
36 premium seats close to the front of the stage, for those who wish to feel the tension of the stage. Booking this seat you will receive a small gift.
■First class seats
You are able to see all the stage from the front to the hashigakari bridgeway. Sitting here allows you to see clearly all that happens on stage.
Box at the back of the stalls. Each box accommodates up to five people. You can enjoy the performance with your friends. Only 3 boxes are available.
This kind of seats are unique to a Noh theatre. From here you can enjoy the performance as if you were ‘behind the scenes’.
■Second class side seats
From these seats you can feel the depth of the stage as you would not from the front. Professionals usually watch performance from these seats - recommended to those who want to focus on the movement of the actors.
■Third class side seats
Seats at the back of the side area. Relax and enjoy the performance… sitting here you don’t have to worry if you fall asleep!
Watching the performance from here you will understand the importance of the pillars, guiding the actor whose view is severely restricted by the mask. These are the cheapest seats, though they provide an unexpectedly interesting view.
■Third class middle seats
These are the cheapest seats among those close to the stage. Sitting here provides a sense of three-dimensionality unique to the noh stage.
■‘New to Noh’ seats
We have reserved these seats for the next generation of noh fans. If this is your first time to the noh theatre, or if you are interested in the performing arts in general, these seats are for you.
Seats in the balcony facing the front of the stage. These seats are cheaper now, but used to be the seats for the aristocrats.
■Parents and children seats
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.