The Japan Arts Connection Lab presents a rare opportunity to see authentic Noh, the most traditional of Japan’s classical arts and the world’s longest-running continuous form of theatre, dating back to the 1300s.  

Munenori Takeda, one of Japan's most talented Noh masters, joined by a full Noh troupe belonging to Japan’s pre-eminent 600-year-old Kanze school, will perform "Tomoe". Part of the Japanese classical epic, The Tale of the Heike, "Tomoe" tells the moving story of the famous 12th-century woman warrior, Tomoe Gozen, and her ill-fated love for her master, Yoshinaka. Seattle’s own Garrett Fisher, inspired by the beauty of Noh, will perform pieces of his original opera, “Yoshinaka,” based on “Tomoe” and sung in Japanese and English verse. 

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Funding also provided by the Toshiba International Foundation, the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle, and the Seattle Japanese Garden. Special sponsorship by Five Senses, Inc.


Noh Theatre
Munenori Takeda (Shite-kata, Kanze School of Noh)
Munekazu Takeda (Shite-kata, Kanze School of Noh)
Tomoyuki Takeda (Shite-kata, Kanze School of Noh)
Fumiyuki Takeda (Shite-kata, Kanze School of Noh)
Yoshiteru Takeda (Shite-kata, Kanze School of Noh)
Tomotaka Fukuoh (Waki-kata, Fukuoh School of Noh)

Mitsuhiko Sumikoma (Small drum player, Kou School of Noh Kozutsumi)
Yosuke Kamei (Taiko drum player, Kadono School of Noh Taiko)
Takahiro Fujita (Flute player, Issou School of Noh Flute)

Shite-kata means main performer, and Waki-kata means supporting performer.

Fisher Ensemble
Garrett Fisher: Composer
Christy Fisher: Choreographer and Dancer
José Luis Muñoz: Singer
Matthew Richardson: Singer
Jordan McClellan: Singer
Munenori Takeda: Singer and Dancer

Executive Producer: Akemi Sagawa
Executive Producer: Junko Goodyear
Producer / Stage Director: Michi Murayama
Noh Troupe Manager: Yumiko Akiyama

Noh and Opera project worldwide production/sponsorship: Five Senses, Inc.


The Japan Arts Connection Lab (JACLab) aims to pass on the invaluable qualities found in Japan's master arts and crafts to future generations. The classical arts of Japan embody aesthetic values that are uniquely Japanese and yet universally moving. Developed over many centuries through unbroken lines of master-apprentice training, these artistic traditions remain highly relevant for today's communities.

Through its programs and services, JACLab aims to construct and inform a community that can learn, appreciate, master, and ultimately carry on the skills, artistry, and knowledge embodied in Japan's heritage arts. 

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