Discoveries of the week
Short (sometimes) videos or stories about interesting Japanese culture, language, entertainment, and many other things.
Noh – “Funa Benkei”
Arts Council Tokyo is showing a Noh play, called “Funa Benkei”, online. It is available only until the 31st of March. The play tells the story of Minamoto no Yoshitsune, a general in the Genji clan, who was forced to flee the capital due to a falling out with his brother. Noh is a very interesting form a Japanese theater that really came around in the 14th century. All of the actors are male, and you will probably recognize the Noh masks that are worn by some of the characters. The way the actors move is mesmerizing, keeping their upper bodies mainly still when walking and moving around. To me, it looks like a ghost walking. Shizuka, a main character in this play, looks like she is always about to fall forward. Probably mainly because of the way the costume fits, and the way she (he – all actors are male) stands. You can see this here: 12:48. Movements in the play are slow, making it very dramatic when they move a little faster. Things in this play get exciting right around here: 1:06:06.
See this play, a description, and more than a few “making of” videos and trailers at Arts Council Tokyo. The website is in English, and all the videos have subtitles.
Performance artist that makes fire-breathing and fire sword videos. The ASMR videos sound great.