Ceremonial Noh in Owari Tokugawa Family's Households
In Edo period, noh became a ceremonial performance staged for official event. The Samurai Lord invited noh performers and prepared a stock of masks, costumes, and props for various noh performances.
The strong voicing, the choreographed movement of masked actors, and the instrumental music played by a flute, and drums, make noh among the most abstract stage art in the world.
The types of Noh costume worn for a given role in a given play are set.
Thick robes "atsuita" are made of heavy material.
The Samurai Lord not only enjoyed attending noh but also sought to take lessons in the performance of the song, dance, and instruments such as hand drum and flute.
This is the outer cloak called Choken. This cloak suggests the armor of a warrior-courtier and evokes the elegance of a woman's dance.
Almost all the noh instruments in the museum belonged to and were played by the head or other members of the Owari Tokugawa family.
Exhibit created by the Tokugawa Art Museum.