Okina – The World of Noh from the Hosokawa Family Collection

Eisei-Bunko Museum

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The art of Noh completed by Kannami and his son Zeami in the Muromachi period has come to be highly appreciated abroad as a traditional performing art of Japan. Since Hosokawa Fujitaka and successive heads of the Hosokawa family were devoted to Noh and performed Noh plays themselves, an extensive collection of nearly 700 objects used in Noh performances, such as masks, Noh costumes, musical instruments and props were handed down through generations at the Kumamoto and Tokyo residence of the family.
“Okina” is thought to be the most ancient and special Noh play. The god is believed to descend into the performer when he puts the mask on, and he dances praying for peace in the world and an abundant harvest. This exhibition introduces various god characters in Noh plays by displaying costumes and masks mainly in the program of “Okina” as well as precious documents which suggest the Hosokawa’s intimate acquaintance with Noh culture.



from July 23, 2020 to August 30, 2020
* Displays will be changed during the exhibition period. Part 1: 7/23–8/10, Part 2: 8/12–8/30


Moritatsu Hosokawa et al.



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