Keio Plaza Hotel hosts a special exhibition of the Japanese traditional performing art called Noh in cooperation with the National Noh Theatre. It focuses on the stories about Heike Monogatari, or The Tale of Heike, which is a historical epic poetry that portrays the rise and fall of the Taira Family (Heike). Traditional carved wooden Noh masks, intricately woven Noh costumes, and other related artistic props are displayed.
“Noh” performing arts reflect the timeless and unchanging characteristics of human psychology and destiny. Various precious props, art and literary works, including masks carved from wood, costumes and other items, associated with Noh plays such as “Shunkan (A Buddhist priest who plotted to bring down the ruling Taira Family),” “Atsumori (A young warrior of the Taira Family who was killed in battle),” and “Funabenkei (A legendary warrior and monk who sailed and was exiled with his lord, Minamoto no Yoshitune) ” will be provided by The National Noh Theatre for display.
Noh play: Funabenkei by Yoshimasa Kanze
Noh Demonstration in the Lobby (Complimentary)
The unique opportunity to see the classic stage art up close will be during a free Noh demonstration in the Main Lobby. In this short 20 minutes demonstration, Tsunao Yamal of the Komparu School of “Noh” will perform these complimentary performances and provide commentary on “Noh”.
*English interpretation provided