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Noh as Living Art

Noh as Living Art

Inside Japan’s Oldest Theatrical Tradition

Yasuda Noboru
Translated by Kawamoto Nozomu

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Published by JPIC | ISBN 978-4-86658-178-1 (Hardcover) | 120 pages | 210mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2021

About the Book

Noh is recognized as one of the oldest and greatest theatrical traditions in the world. Embraced by the samurai elite some 650 years ago, it ultimately permeated every level of Japanese society through the vehicle of utai (noh singing) and inspired generations of writers and scholars in Japan and around the world. What accounts for noh’s enduring vitality? What does this austerely beautiful, understated art form have to offer a digitalized society awash in instant entertainment? Noh actor Yasuda Noboru answers these and other questions in this uniquely personal and accessible introduction to noh as living art.

About the Author


Yasuda Noboru is a professional noh actor specializing in waki roles. Born in 1956 in Chōshi, Chiba Prefecture, he studied Chinese philosophy as a university student before beginning his formal training in the Shimogakari Hōshō school of noh acting. He has written, directed, and performed new pieces in the style of noh and is deeply involved in children’s and adult education. Yasuda is also the author of numerous books, including Nō ni manabu shintai gihō (Learning Body Movement from Noh) and Ikai o tabi suru nō: Waki to iu sonzai (Noh’s Journey into the World Beyond: The Role of the Waki).


"With all the books out there on noh, would this be worthwhile for a first-time student of this venerable tradition? My answer would be a qualified yes."

Cody Poulton, May 17, 2021

University of Victoria

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