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2009.07.30 Noh

I went to 光明寺(Komyo-ji) at Kamiyacho神谷町 in the morning.
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There was an event that a professional Noh能 player taught us how to sing a Noh song. Noh is one of the traditional performing arts in Japan, as you might know. It was a wonderful experience for me to listen directly to the voice of such a nice actor, and to sing following him, with a quiet atmosphere at the temple.

His voice was so energetic and aesthetic that it could change the air which completely fascinated us all.

It was also a chance to remind me of Japanese traditional way of learning, that is to say, "to emulate professor". The actor told us how important it was for leaning Noh play. Please don't regard it as just simply copying something, but seeing with a full of imagination to learn essential things and going deeper. In Japanese, the word 学ぶ(learn) derives from 真似ぶ(emulate). Traditionally, in Japan, children always learn various things by emulating elder people, which can make them develop their acute powers of observation as well as their professional skills.

If you are interested in Noh, please check here.

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