Kyoto Takigi Nō京都薪能

Summary

An actor on stage at Takigi Nō at Heian Shrine.

The oldest style of Japanese theater still practiced today, tracing its origins back over six hundred years, (or "noh") is a highly stylized, ritualistic combination of narrative music and dance with actors donning rich costumes and masks to portray their roles. Dealing with supernatural and legendary subjects such as the ghosts of tormented warriors and gods who descend to walk among mortals or share a tale, performances are usually hours long and are composed of four plays with a kyōgen comedy in between. Some takes place at night on a stage lit with torches in a tradition called takigi nō ( by firelight), and Kyoto residents and visitors have a chance to take part in such an event every year on June 1st and 2nd at the historic Heian Jingū, a shrine in the Okazaki area of the old capital.

Taira no Tsunemasa appears at Takigi Nō at Heian Shrine.

Two schools, the Kanze and the Kongō, as well as the Ōkura school of kyōgen, put on five different plays each night, and as night fell the audience packed in for the rare opportunity to view on an open-air stage.  The theme of the 66th annual performance in 2015 was "The 120th Anniversary of the Founding of Heian Shrine: Feelings of the Gods & Winds of Prayer", and the 2016 performance theme was "A Prayer for Recovery and Peace for the Olympic Year".

Tickets are available for 4,000 yen in advance and 5,000 yen at the door, and explanatory booklets in Japanese are on sale with a commemorative clear file.

Lion messengers appear at Takigi Nō at Heian Shrine.

For those who don’t speak Japanese, however, there are also English language books containing summaries made available, and the Nō Association chairman's message is also translated live.

Take a look at the photos to explore the world of the 65th, 66th, and 67th annual takigi nō and learn more about the plays and their captivating stories!

Things to See/Do

  • Nō Play

  • Kyōgen

  • Period Costume

Schedule

 

Consult the official Kyoto Takigi Nō website here.

Access

Heian Jingū

Address

〒606-8341 京都市左京区岡崎西天王町

TEL 075-761-0221
FAX 075-761-0225
WEB http://www.heianjingu.or.jp/

Admission

  • General Admission: ¥600 for Shin’en Garden
  • Junior High School, High School: ¥300 for Shin’en Garden
  • Primary School: ¥300 for Shin’en Garden

Hours

  • General Admission: 06:00 – 17:30 (Shin’en Garden: 08:30 – 17:00)
  • Closed: No closing days

Transportation

  • Subway Tōzai Line ⇒ Higashiyama Station ⇒ 10 minutes walking
  • From Kyoto Station City Bus Route 5 or Kyoto Bus Route 100 ⇒ Okazaki Kōen Bus Stop or Heian Jingū-mae Bus Stop ⇒ 5 minutes walking
  • Keihan Train Line ⇒ Sanjō Station or Jingū Marutamachi Station ⇒ 15 minutes walking