Experiencing Noh Theater

一つの今学期の遠足は能楽の体験でした!前能楽を聞いたことがありますが、見たことはなくても演奏の方法も知らなかったです。舞台裏という一生に一度の経験に感謝しており、いつか能楽の舞台を見に行きたいと思っています。One of the field trips this semester was getting to experience traditional Noh theater. I have heard of Noh before, but have never seen it or known much about its techniques. I’m thankful for this once in a lifetime experience of getting to go backstage and I hope to be able to see a performance someday.

最初の習ったことは、伝統的な能楽の歌の歌い方で、大声も強い調子でも必要です。この歌のピッチは転調が少なくて、だいたい歌いやすいですが、どの調子で歌うはずかちょっと分からなかったんです。The first thing we learned was how to sing a very classic Noh song. You have to sing in a very loud voice with good tone. The pitches in this song were very easy to follow with only a few modulations, but I was very confused as to what key to sing in. 

次は、能舞台での歩き方を習い、良い姿勢で上下に動かずゆっくりと歩かなければなりません。そういう能力をまだ身につけません…Next we learned how to walk on the stage. You have to have good posture and walk steadily without moving up and down. I don’t think I mastered this move.

それに、様々な着物や能面が見せられ、それぞれは各のキャラクターや年齢を示しています。私はボランティアで天使の着物を着てみました。能面の微妙な動きが感情を示していますが、観客にはこのキャラクターがどう感じるか決めることは私次第です。先生によって、能楽の多くはどうやっても物語を独創的に理解することです。能面や着物の写真を撮られましたが、FBとかオンラインにアップされてはいけません。We also were shown different types of kimonos and masks; each one signifies a different character and age. I was a volunteer that tried on the “angel” kimono. The slight movements of the mask signifies emotions, but it is up for the audience to interpret why the character feels a particular way. The teacher said much of Noh is the creativity in how you choose to interpret the story. We were allowed to take photos of the masks and kimonos, but they are not to be uploaded publicly.

加えて、能舞台を案内してくれました。主なエリアは生物界を表しており、左側から入るキャラクターが宇宙(天国か地獄)を表しています。能面をかぶったらあまり目が見えないので、芸能人がステージから落ちることを止めるように能舞台の上にある大きい木の柱が大切で、どこにいるか分からなくなったら、柱を見つけて、安心になります。We were also introduced to the Noh stage. The main area represents the “living reality,” while characters that enter from the side are from the cosmos (heaven or hell). The pillars are extremely important on the stage because they keep the performers from falling off as it is very hard to see when wearing the masks. If they are unsure where they are, they can look for the pillars.

先生はとても親切できれいな人です。この経験を感謝しており、まだたくさんの経験していない日本文化をいつか探りたいと思っています。The teacher was so friendly and beautiful and I’m thankful for this experience. There are so many things I have yet to experience in Japanese culture.

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