An Intangible Cultural HeritageNoh
Enjoy Noh Video Program
Japanese Noh is one of the
world's oldest performing arts
Learn about and enjoy this culture
through special digital content
With a history spanning nearly 700 years, Japanese Noh is one of the world's oldest performing arts. Learn about the wonders of Noh as you listen to narrator Junko Kawamura of the Kawamura Noh Theater, who has spent many years communicating the charms of Noh theater through the Enjoy Noh Program.
Enjoy Noh Program
Chapter1What is Noh?
Chapter2The Secrets of Noh Theater
Chapter3Learn About the Noh Orchestra
Chapter4View Noh Costume
Chapter6Watch Noh: Yashima
- Minamoto no Yoshitsune
Chapter7A Conversation Between Junko Kawamura and Alex Kerr
at Daigoji Temple
Born in Fukuoka.
Graduated from the Faculty of Letters at Doshisha University.
Became involved in running the Kawamura Noh Theater after marrying the late Nobushige Kawamura (protagonist performer in the Kanze school of Noh, holder of the title of "Important Intangible Cultural Property"), and has continued with Getting to Know Noh for Women for nearly 20 years.
Began the Enjoy Noh Program in 1996 for people who have never seen Noh and for younger generations.
A total of 51,928 people have participated in the program in 2019, with over 500,000 people to date, including students, foreigners, and the general public.
Lectures to overseas ambassadors including Canada and Egypt.
In addition to events in Kyoto, Kawamura holds workshops and lectures across the country, appearing on TV and radio programs as well.
Teaches “Animation and Noh” at the Kyoto Seika University Animation Course and “Traditional Culture of Kyoto in English” and other classes at Kyoto Women's University.
Serves as a director of the Nohgaku Promotion Association.
Currently taking on the challenge of holding the Enjoy Noh Program in English.
Protagonist performer in the Kanze school of Noh Born in 1985.
First appeared onstage at the age of two, studied under his father Nobushige and grandfather Teiji from a young age, and has appeared in nearly 220 performances in a child's role since then. Performed as a protagonist for the first time at age 11 as Shojo.
Participated in an overseas performance for the first time while attending Doshisha Junior High School.
Appeared in Noh e Ikou (Let’s go to Noh) and Noh no Tabi Gokoro (Noh Wanderlust) series with his father on SKY PerfecTV.
Later studied under Kiemon Hayashi the 13th and struck out on his own in 2014.
Member of the Kyoto Nohgaku Training Facility.
Member of the Kyoto Nohgaku Association.
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