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Special exhibition “The World of Noh Costumes in the early modern period”


Exhibition period: July 17 (Sat) – September 12 (Sun), 2021

“Nohgaku” was completed in the 14th century by a father-and-son pair of Kan’ami and Zeami from the Yamato Sarugaku Yuzakiza Theater. Originating from various art forms, Nohgaku established a solid position as ceremonial entertainment for the warrior class during the Edo period, when high-quality domestic silk production systems, dyeing and weaving technologies were established, making it possible to apply luxurious and elaborate designs.
Feudal lord families during the Edo period had noble and elegant Noh costumes made, reflecting the education and aesthetics for the warrior class, showing their economic power. Those costumes were also preserved and passed down as practical art pieces.
With the cooperation of the Azai Nohgaku Museum and the Sato Yoshihiko Memorial Yamaguchi Noh Costume Research Center, this exhibit showcases Nohgaku-related material between the late Muromachi and Heisei period (from the 16th to 21st centuries), presenting the charm of Noh costumes as art pieces that go beyond stage garments and the Japanese craftsmanship behind it.


Event period July 17 (Sat) – September 12 (Sun), 2021
Closed July 19 (Mon), 26 (Mon), Aug 2 (Mon), 10 (Tue), 16 (Mon), 23 (Mon), 30 (Mon), September 6 (Mon)
Hours of operation 9:00 am–5:00 pm (Entry until 4:30 pm)
Venue Special exhibition room on the 1st floor of Gifu City Museum of History
Admission fee 600 yen (500 yen) for high school and up; 300 yen (250 yen) for elementary/junior high school students

* Prices in parentheses are discounted ones for those with flyer coupons.

* Free admission for those below.

(1) Holders of physical disability certificate, mental disability certificate, rehabilitation certificate, or medical care recipient certificate for intractable diseases and one attendant (ID/proof required)

(2) Elementary / Junior high school students in Gifu City

(3) Junior high school students and younger visitors on July 18 (Sun) & August 15 (Sun).

Organizers The World of Noh Costumes Exhibition Executive Committee (Gifu City, Gifu Shimbun, Gifu Broadcasting System, Inc.)
Planning & Supervision Azai Nohgaku Museum, Sato Yoshihiko Memorial Yamaguchi Noh Costume Research Center

- We take measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. Depending on the crowd size, we may restrict the number of admissions. We would appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

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