A Night of Kyogen
with Mansaku Nomura
and Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company

December 10, 2015
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This program celebrates the Mansaku Nomura Family and Japan’s Society’s long-standing relationship that began with Mansaku’s father Manzo Nomura half a century ago.

Octogenarian Living National Treasure Mansaku Nomura, together with illustrious members of the Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company, including Mansaku’s son star of stage/film/TV Mansai Nomura and masterful performer Yukio Ishida, return to Japan Society to offer a special evening of kyogen, Japan’s traditional comedic theater that satirizes and embraces human imperfection. Centering around Mansaku’s virtuosic performance of the vigorous solo piece Nasu no Yoichi, based on a serious episode from The Tale of the Heike, the program also includes the dynamic Akutaro, starring Mansai, about a troublemaker’s unexpected journey to repentance and the popular play Bonsan, which follows a foolish thief with a penchant for bonsai trees. With English titles.

A pre-performance lecture begins at 6:30 pm prior to each performance.
Led by Dr. Carolyn Morley, Professor of Japanese Literature and Theater at Wellesley College. Open and free for ticket holders.



Gala Tickets: $85/$75 Japan Society members for Dec. 10th show. SOLD OUT.
Dec. 10-12 Performance-only Tickets: $55/$45 Japan Society members. A wait list will begin at 6:30 PM before the performance.

The Thursday, December 10 performance is followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception for Gala ticket holders.

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This program is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal year 2015, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo, and Kansai Osaka 21st Century Association through the Japan World Exposition 1970 Commemorative Fund.


Additional support is provided by Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II.

MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception support is provided by MetLife Foundation.

Photos: Mansaku Nomura © Shinji Masakawa; Mansai Nomura © Shinji Masakawa.

  • Thursday, December 10, 2015
  • 7:30 pm