Japan's traditional performing arts of Noh and Kyogen developed together in the 14th century during the Muromachi period (1333-1573). Today, they are thought of together as the art of Nogaku, or as Noh & Kyogen.
Kyogen is a kind of spoken drama that is based upon laughter and comedy. In contrast to Noh, it uses the everyday life of the common people in feudal society or folk tales as its subject, and realistically depicts a kind of "Everyman" figure. This dynamic art - whose typical main character is a servant named Taro Kaja - evokes a gentle and entertaining humor.
Noh and Kyogen have, from the very beginning, been performed upon the same stage. Both Noh, through its pursuit of a symbolic ideal beauty, and Kyogen, through its realistic expression of humor, portray the true essence of human nature, and have been passed down to us today in these mutually complementary roles.
In modern times, Noh and Kyogen have both been highly acclaimed around the world for their great artistic value, and in 2001, UNESCO added the dual art of Nogaku to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Date: 18th 16:30-17:30 (30min. Kyogen performance + 30min. English explanation)
Venue: Kashokaku Noh-theater
160-1, Saihojicho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan.
Date: 18th 19:00-21:00
Venue: Manshige (Traditional Japanese Restaurant)
9-1, Shibaomiyacho, Kamigyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan.