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Documentary: ‘Noh men – the spirit of noh’

Japanese historian and documentarist Jeffrey Dym (Sacramento State University) has recently released ‘Noh men – the spirit of noh’, a full-feature documentary on noh masks. The excellent documentary explores different aspects of noh mask making and use on stage and features numerous interviews with different mask specialists and professionals, among which Udaka Keiko, daughter of Udaka Michishige. The rich materials and clear delivery of the content make this documentary particularly suitable for educational purposes.

Pictures from the INI Noh mask carving/painting hands-on session – July 2014

On July 20th 2014 Udaka Michishige’s Noh mask carving atelier opened its doors to Kyoto residents and exchange students from Japan, Lebanon, France, China, Thailand, and Italy who wished to explore the world of Noh masks. Participants were able manipulate the fragrant hinoki wood, and tools such as saws and chisels, and try their best in the first stages of the carving process. Later they were introduced to the basics of painting, such as application of gofun shell powder and natural pigments. Udaka Michishige explained how the wood is cut respecting the way the tree grows, and provided insights on mask techniques from the point of view of the expert Noh actor, as well as mask carver.

It’s a been a lovely Sunday morning and we look forward to welcoming other participants in the near future!


無料見学と体験:能面の彫りと彩色。Free Noh mask carving/painting hands-on session.

nomen chirashi summer



場所:宇髙通成『面乃会』京都本部敷舞台 地下鉄国際会館歩:7分・三宅町バス停前 〒606−0047 京都市左京区上高野薩田町111 Googleマップhttp://goo.gl/maps/38RjC

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FREE Noh mask carving/painting hands-on session

2014 July 20th (Sun) 10:00am-12:00am

@Udaka Michishige ‘Men-no-kai’ Headquarters, Kyoto

Subway: Kokusai-kaikan station, 7 min walk. Bus: Miyake-cho bus stop. 111 Satsuta-cho, Kami-Takano, Sakyo-ku. Kyoto, Japan 606-0047. Google maps: http://goo.gl/maps/38RjC

For information or to reserve a place EMAIL: ogamo-tr@mbox.kyoto-inet.or.jp

Please wear comfortable clothes.