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Noh + Ninja + Taiko at Odawara Castle

NOH+NINJA+TAIKO

Japan's First Noh Drama + Castle Collaboration “The Tale of Genji”

This September 13th, Odawara Castle will be the setting for an exclusive online production of “The Tale of Genji” told through classic traditional Noh drama. This special event was created for the lovers of Japanese culture, history, and art during these challenging times when we can’t travel and experience for ourselves. This virtual experience will be available on demand for a short period of time in September. This “Remote Traditional Drama” will have many new experiences to take advantage of this new format for viewers.

Japanese History and Culture through Art

This September 13th, Odawara Castle will be the setting for an exclusive online production of “The Tale of Genji” told through classic traditional Noh drama. This special event was created for the lovers of Japanese culture, history, and art during these challenging times when we can’t travel and experience for ourselves. This virtual experience will be available on demand for a short period of time in September. This “Remote Traditional Drama” will have many new experiences to take advantage of this new format for viewers.

Odawara Castle

The stage for this performance will be the famous Odawara Castle. This was the home of the Hojo clan during the Sengoku warring states period of Japanese history. The Hoji were once one of the most powerful families in all of Japan and the castle was famed for its imprenable defenses. The white castle and stone walls make for a dramatic backdrop to the Noh drama.


Japan's most famous Love Story

“The Tale of Genji” consists of 54 chapters and the performance in Odawara will be based on the “Aoi no Ue.” This is a chapter based on interweaving love stories, spirits, challenges to societal norms, and adultery. All the ingredients of a dramatic tale that still holds attention and intrigue for modern day audiences. Characters will include Genji, the emperor’s son, his young wife, mistress, court nobles, and possessive spirits.

Follow Along with Multilingual Guides

Before the airing of the show we will send a guide in your preferred language to read up on the story, characters, and the relationships between them. This drama uses traditional Japanese words and phrases that aren’t used anymore. It is normal to read ahead with a guide because even native Japanese need a bit of help to understand what is going on. When you purchase your ticket, a guide will be sent to you. This event will be archived for three days after the first streaming so you can go back and rewatch to catch anything you might have missed.

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