Oct 05, 2018

Noh workshop held for international students

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OBJECTIVE.

Rikkyo University held a workshop to give international students enrolled at the university a taste of noh, a traditional Japanese performing art, on June 23, 2018.

The event was organized to give foreign students a valuable experience of Japanese culture and to encourage Japanese students to participate as volunteers in international exchanges so they learn about traditional Japanese culture and convey its essence to people from abroad.  The event was also aimed at fostering human resources who engage in international exchanges.

With cooperation from the Konparu-ryu Shurei-kai Domon-kai noh school, a lecture was held on noh plays. Participants learned how to wear kimono, the formal montsuki (kimono with a family crest) and hakama (a divided skirt), as well as the dances and songs of a noh play titled “Kiyotsune.” At the workshop’s closing ceremony, each international student was given a certificate of attendance.

The Japanese volunteers participated in a prior training session, where they learned basic knowledge of noh plays and experienced dancing, singing and wearing kimono.

The lecture and guidance on dancing, singing and clothing were conducted in Japanese, which was translated into English by students enrolled in the Rikkyo Community Language Service (RiCoLaS) program.

Outline of Workshop on Noh Play Experience for International Students

1.Date:
13:00 – 16:00, June 23 (Saturday), 2018

2.Venue:
Paul Rusch Athletics Center, Ikebukuro Campus, Rikkyo University

3.Participants:
22 international students and 13 Japanese students

4.Content:
A workshop to deepen interest in and understanding of Japanese culture among international students. With cooperation from the Konparu-ryu Shurei-kai Domon-kai noh school, participants were given a lecture on noh, after which they were instructed on how to wear kimono and the formal attire of montsuki and hakama. They were also told about the dancing and singing of a noh play titled “Kiyotsune.” Japanese student volunteers conveyed the essence of this traditional Japanese performing art to the foreign students. The event was aimed at fostering human resources who engage in international exchanges.

5.Lecturer:
Master Yoshiki Honda (noh performer who plays leading roles from the Konparu-ryu school)

An international student is given a lesson on how to wear noh garments.

An international student is given a lesson on how to wear noh garments.

Students get a taste of noh dancing and singing.

Master Yoshiki Honda, a noh performer who plays leading roles from the Konparu-ryu school, was the lecturer.

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