OHGI-SAI KUROKAWA NOH UNESCO VIDEO PROJECT (2012)

an experimental Intangible Cultural Heritage Documentation Project made in collaboration with UNESCO and the Asia-Pacific Cultural Center for Research.

"Kurokawa-Noh has been preserved and passed down for more than 500 years while keeping its own tradition and an ancient style in its repertoire and performances. The number of its performers is about 160, including Hayashi (musicians) and Kyogen players ranging from children to the elderly. They have 250 Noh masks, over 500 Noh costumes, 540 regular Noh pieces and 50 Kyogen pieces, and Kurokawa-Noh was designated as one of the important intangible folk cultural properties of the nation in 1976.

Kurokawa-Noh is practised in community members' houses and performed by two troupes of parishioners of the Kasuga Shrine, where their guardian god is enshrined: the Kami-za troupe that represents the southern area of the shrine and the Shimo-za troupe that represents the northern area. As the two groups perform Noh as parishioners, not as professional Noh players, the art has been blended deeply with and rooted in the life of the people of Kurokawa.

In order to respond many voices wishing to watch the Noh performance, the community decided to hold additional performances by candlelight which may create a unique atmosphere in the shrine setting."