The Japanese Noh Theater

The Japanese Noh theater developed into its present form during the 14th and 15th century. Noh is a classical Japanese performance form which combines elements of poetry, dance, and music. In former times Noh was the exclusive property of the aristocracy but toward the end of the Edo Period Noh and Kabuki became increasingly popular among the people.

Centre of attention is to confront men with the spiritual and unvisible part of the world. Main intention refers to the development of the actor's character and the condition of his inner life. The art of creating his character is supported by elaborate costumes and expressive masks.

The skilfully carved masks timelessly speak about the cheerfulness of the old aged, the gentle smile of the drunkard, the diabolical agony of the jealousy, the serene calmness of the young beauty, or the noble attitude of the aristocracy.