Japanese Nō Plays

Japanese Nō Plays

Japanese Nō Plays

Japanese Nō Plays

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It was a great pleasure to be asked by the publishers to write this book on the Nō in order to introduce that oldest type of classical theatrical art in Japan to the people of other lands.

I have been a devotee of the Nō for many years, pursuing the subject from a scholastic as well as a practical point of view. In other words, I have been, as it were, a research student of long standing both of the art in theory and principle and of the Nō dance itself, in collaboration with the best masters in the country today.

I have endeavored to give my readers a compact yet comprehensive view of the Nō, with something of its history, the rules and conventions which govern it, and the plots of several of the better known plays; and my hope is that this view of a fascinating subject will prove to be a window through which they may catch a glimpse of the fundamental ideas of Japanese culture.

Tōkyō May, 1954 The Author

Note: In this book all Japanese words are spelt in the Hepburn system more familiar to readers abroad. For my own part, however, I prefer the system recently commended by the National Language Commission of the Education Ministry, of which I am chairman.

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