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Plots are drawn from legend, history, literature and contemporary events, with themes often involving dreams, the supernatural world, and ghosts.

Matsukaze “Wind in the Pines”

In Matsukaze, the two main characters are the spirits of Matsukaze (the wind) and her sister Murasame (the Autumn rain).  They lived in Settsu Province, and when the news of the death of their lover came, they both died of grief. 

Matsukaze: A Japanese No Play
June 20, 2017 By shb 

1300 CE

So, just what is a Japanese No (or Noh) play?  According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Noh comes from a Japanese word meaning “talent” or “skill.” It refers to a traditional Japanese theatrical form, one of the oldest exant theatrical forms in the world. It involves music, dance and drama, and has been around since the 14thcentury. Plots are drawn from legend, history, literature and contemporary events, with themes often involving dreams, the supernatural world, and ghosts. All the performers in a No play are men, in rich and heavy costume.  The main character, the shite, often takes several roles, each represented by a mask so that the audience knows which character is on stage at the time. There is actually little action, with the performers acting more as story-tellers than actors.

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japan | east asia

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Point in Timeline | Post 500 CE 83%

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