By Eike Grossmann

Within the Sixties, Kurokawa’s historical nō culture, as theatre and competition, got here lower than the highlight of the japanese public. marketed as ‘secret nō of the snow state’ it quickly turned essentially the most recognized and long-studied people appearing arts traditions. secluded village remoted by means of mountainous state round it may have built and sustained a excessive cultural leisure comparable to nō theatre and built-in it into Shinto shrine fairs, brought on huge curiosity between folklore students, theatre researchers, politicians, and travelers alike. Even this present day Kurokawa nō remains to be considered as an instance of an prior kind of eastern tradition and folks culture that primarily has been frozen in time over the process many centuries.

In this quantity, the writer presents a close list of the historical past and improvement of Kurokawa nō and the methods of its transmission over the generations. the writer additionally examines its influence at the wider cultural lifetime of Japan and its literary historical past, the trip undefined, executive coverage and folklore traditions in Japan usually. moreover, Kurokawa Nō bargains a useful, real case research within the wider context of notions of eastern self-perception and self-representation.

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Members of the Group of Elders of the lower guild watch the nō performances at the Kasuga Shrine (Ōgisai 2006).  Shortly before the second competition, the Climbing of the Boards (tana agari jinjō) begins: all young men gather on stage waiting for the four boys to climb the pillars (Ōgisai 2006).  After they climbed up the pillars the boys sit on the boards above the stage. The ōgisama lies on two pillars and the big dried mirror rice cake (kagami mochi) is in reachable distance for the next competitions (Ōgisai 2006).

A tourist asks for help with the programme of the Fan Festival (Ōgisai 2006).  The audience of the Spring Festival (Ki’nensai) in March 2007. xlix LIST OF MAPS Japanliii The Shōnai Area liv Kurokawalv A common Nō Stage lvi The Nō Stage in the Kasuga Shrine in Kurokawa lvii maps liii Sapporo Aomori Akita n Line u Mai Ou Japan Sea Sakata Tsuruoka Shona Yama Shinjo ga ta Ex Toho ku S h in kans Toho Yamaga Shinkanesn en ku Ex press Ue way tsu M nsen ain inka L u Sh Joets ssway 170km e in Niigata pr ess wa y Fukushima re tsu Exp Kan-e H ok u r ik uM ain Li ne Japan Sendai Yamagata Omiya Tokyo Osaka Morioka Pacific Ocean liv maps 344 [Sakata City] Sakata Sta.

A tourist asks for help with the programme of the Fan Festival (Ōgisai 2006).  The audience of the Spring Festival (Ki’nensai) in March 2007. xlix LIST OF MAPS Japanliii The Shōnai Area liv Kurokawalv A common Nō Stage lvi The Nō Stage in the Kasuga Shrine in Kurokawa lvii maps liii Sapporo Aomori Akita n Line u Mai Ou Japan Sea Sakata Tsuruoka Shona Yama Shinjo ga ta Ex Toho ku S h in kans Toho Yamaga Shinkanesn en ku Ex press Ue way tsu M nsen ain inka L u Sh Joets ssway 170km e in Niigata pr ess wa y Fukushima re tsu Exp Kan-e H ok u r ik uM ain Li ne Japan Sendai Yamagata Omiya Tokyo Osaka Morioka Pacific Ocean liv maps 344 [Sakata City] Sakata Sta.

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