Motion should be quick but should not be rough. There should be many forms but should not be practiced loosely. For these reasons, such heavy costumes rather he

Masako Shirasu



When playing a demon in Noh, if the performer is always strong, he "looks just rough and does not look truly strong", and also neither beautiful nor interesting. The essayist says that Zeami expounded so. Zeami also said that restraint makes performers look more powerful and makes theirs forms look regulated. Clothes are not a thing to manage appearance but a thing which you put your heart in. They are for forming your behavior and readiness to live. From "Noh - The Flower Of An Old Tree." 


"March 3  2019

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"