Written by MATCHA-NEWS
Noh Theater With English Support! The Story Of Beautiful Yang Guifei
Watch the famous story of the beautiful Imperial consort Yang Guifei retold in a Noh performance on July 15, 2019, in Tokyo! Subtitles and guidance are provided in English, Chinese, and Korean. Don't miss out on watching Noh theater in Japan!
Watch Noh Theater in Tokyo's Ikebukuro!
Visitors to Tokyo have the chance to watch a Noh theater performance with multi-language support on July 15, 2019. The performance will be held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre in Ikebukuro.
The event is organized by the Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation and Toshima City on the occasion of Toshima (of which Ikebukuro is part of) being designated Culture City of East Asia in 2019.
The main play on the program is "Yokihi", a Noh based on the story of the beautiful Chinese Imperial consort Yang Guifei (719-756).
Noh "Yokihi" - Dreaming of the Legendary Beauty Yang Guifei
Noh Yokihi ©Shinji Aoki
The story of Yokihi (Yang Guifei in Chinese) is well known all around Asia. She was the dearest consort of Emperor Xuanzong (685-762) of the Tang dynasty. Because of a rebellion caused by her brother, the Emperor was compelled by his retainers to execute Yang Guifei. The Emperor did order her execution, though he lived his days afterward lamenting her.
The story has been retold in endless ways and versions. In recent years, it has even become the theme of movies and TV series.
One of the most beautiful retellings of the story is in the "Song of Everlasting Sorrow", a poem by Chinese poet Bai Juyi (772–846), who wrote it just a generation after Yang Guifei's time. This poem was very loved by Heian period (794-1185) Japanese scholars, who had a deep admiration toward Tang poetry.
It was this poem that served as inspiration for the Noh play "Yokihi", which was created in the 16th century.
In the Noh play, Emperor Xuanzong travels to the underworld to meet the spirit of Yang Guifei and to ask her whether she still loves him in spite of his terrible deed of having her executed. It is a deeply moving story retold with the elegance and beauty of Noh performance.
Helpful Multi-Language Support Available
Picture courtesy of Hinoki Shoten
If you would like to watch the play with explanations and subtitles in your language, please choose a seat with multi-language guidance. Multi-language guidance seats are provided with tablets that have Noh Support installed on them.
Noh Support is an application that offers guidance and subtitles of Noh performances in other languages. The performance on July 15 will is offered with guidance in English, Chinese, and Korean.
The gadgets are easy to use, and you can switch the screen to your preferred language.
In addition to basic information that makes it easy to follow the story, Noh Support also explains the background of the play and the highlights.
Enjoy Noh Theater in the Heart of Tokyo!
Do take this occasion to watch a Noh performance of one of the most famous classical stories in Asia. Thanks to the multi-language support, you'll be able to enjoy the highlights and the charming details of the performance to the fullest.
Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Playhouse
Date and time: July 15 (national holiday), from 15:00. The venue opens 30 minutes before the start of the performance.
S seats and Seats with multi-language guidance: General 4,000 yen; Students 2,000 yen
A seats: General 3,500 yen: Students 1,500 yen
1) Toshima Ticket Center (all ticket types)
Online: https://www.toshima-mirai.or.jp/tabid216.html?pdid1=1964 (Japanese only)
2) Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Box Office (S seat and A seat tickets only)
Online: https://www.geigeki.jp/ti/ (Japanese only)