Tokyo Festival Program

Series for All Vol.6 Understand and appreciate Yakumo and Soseki through the world of noh Special Talk

  • Symposium & Talk session
  • Talk session

Schedule:Sunday, Oct. 3

Place:OWLSPOT Theatre


Noboru Yasuda, Yuichi Kinoshita / Guest: Seiko Ito / MC: Joe Kowloon

Deluxe talk sessions offering different angles

Last year’s Series for All Vol. 5, “Understand and appreciate Yakumo and Soseki through the world of Noh,” had a new program and, as a Covid-19 prevention measure, was broadcast as a video in the framework of “Owlspot Theatre Home Viewing, Summer 2020.” The Special Talk included to enhance viewers’ enjoyment of the broadcast was very well received, and this year we’ll be hearing plenty of discussion at the theatre. Once again this year, we welcome guest Seiko Ito, who is known as a Noh enthusiast and researcher and also practices Noh recitation. It’s sure to be a fascinating talk!


Sunday, Oct. 3 17:00
※Foyer and Doors to open 30 minutes before.

When visiting, please ensure you have read and understood “Tokyo Festival 2021 coronavirus (COVID-19) control measures and notice to visitors” on the Tokyo Festival website (*URL ▶ wear a mask. (*Visitors not wearing a mask may be refused entry).


Portable caption machines available (Japanese language)

- Wheelchairs
- For people with visual disabilities
- For people with hearing disabilities

- For guests with visual impairment
Guidance from and to Higashi-Ikebukuro Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line) is available upon request.
- For guests with hearing impairment
(1) On-stage sign language interpretation is provided during speaking portions.
(2) Portable receivers that transmit stage sound to magnetic audio loops/bone conduction headphones are available.

Inquiries and reservations
Availability/seating placement of accessibility assistance is limited, so please contact the Toshima Ticket Center or to inquire/reserve.


- General: 1,800 yen
- Toshima-ku residents, Aged 24 or under and Discount for people with disabilities: 1,500 yen*
- Set of tickets for Special Talk and main performance: 3,800 yen *
*The number of tickets is limited. Sales will conclude as soon as all tickets are sold.

Set of tickets for Special Talk and main performance
Saturday, August 21, 2021, from 10:00 a.m.
General sales start August 29.



Noboru Yasuda

Noboru Yasuda was born in Chiba Prefecture in 1956. In high school, the game mahjong sparked his interest in Chinese oracle bone script and ancient Chinese philosophy. Yasuda first encountered Noh while working as a high school instructor. Deeply impressed by the chanting of the prominent waki-kata (supporting role) actor Mineo Kaburagi, he entered the world of Noh at the age of 27. Currently, Yasuda is active as a waki-kata Noh performer both in Japan and overseas. In addition to creating, producing and performing in works incorporating Noh methods, he holds temple-school-style classes called “Yugakujuku” in Tokyo and other parts of Japan, offering instruction in the “Analects of Confucius” and other subjects. Yasuda is continually engaged in the reinterpretation of physicality in Japanese and Chinese classics. His many writings include Noh—what stratagems have kept it going for 650 years? (Shinchoshinsho), Noh journeys in the spirit world (Chikuma Bunko), and Rereading the Analects of Confucius through the lens of physical sensation (Shincho Bunko).

Yuichi Kinoshita

Yuichi Kinoshita was born in Wakayama in 1985. In 2006, while still a student at Kyoto University of Design and Arts, he founded Kinoshita-Kabuki, in which he updates and directs productions of classical works. For his successful 2016 production of the Kabuki play Kanjincho, he was awarded that year’s Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs Arts Festival Newcomer’s Prize. He also received the Kyoto City Special Incentive Grant for Arts and Culture for 2017.
Kinoshita was awarded the 38th Kyoto Prefecture Cultural Encouragement Award in 2019, and the 2020 Kyoto City Newcomer’s Award for the Arts. His wide-ranging projects include a revision of the Kabuki play Kirareyosa performed at Cocoon Kabuki in Shibuya, Tokyo (2018), as well as writings and lectures on classical performing arts.

Seiko Ito

Seiko Ito was born in Tokyo in 1961. In 1988 he made his debut as a novelist with No Life King. He received the 15th Kodansha Essay Award (1999) for “Botanical Life,” and the 35th Noma Literature Newcomer’s Award for Sozo Radio. His recent works include Hana ni Hasamiuchi; Report of Médecins Sans Frontières; Dowasure Shodo; Gaza Strip, West Bank and Amman - Report of Médecins Sans Frontières; and Fukushima Monologue.
Ito appears regularly on TV programs including Bit World (E-TV), Freestyle Teacher (TV Asahi), Tokyo Motto! (TOKYO MX) and TV Kenbutsuki (Kansai TV).


Organized by Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation, Toshima City, Tokyo Festival Executive Committee[Toshima City, Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre & Arts Council Tokyo)]

Supported by: Agency for Cultural Affairs Culture and Arts Encouragement Grant (program promoting the functional enhancement of theatres, concert halls, etc.) / Japan Arts Council


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