Noh and Nagasaki Language Workshop

May 16, 2015
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Calling all Advanced Japanese Language Learners for a unique 2-day language workshop that offers the opportunity to explore the double bill program Holy Mother in Nagasaki and Kiyotsune through original scripts, the plays themselves and intimate discussions with special guests. This workshop is one of three special advanced Japanese workshops coinciding with Japan Society’s Stories from the War theatrical presentations this spring. Workshops are open to students who are preparing for the JLPT N2 or N1, or in Japanese levels 12-13 and/or Kanji 3-4 or have the equivalent level of proficiency.

Noh and Nagasaki Language Workshop Schedule:

Language Workshop, Part One:
Saturday, May 16, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Theatrical Performance
, Part Two:
New and Traditional Noh:

Holy Mother in Nagasaki & Kiyotsune

Saturday, May 16, 7:30 pm

Language Workshop, Part Two:
Sunday, May 17, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

About the performance:

Explore Japan’s time-honored noh theater in a rare double bill that offers plays from the modern and traditional repertories. The evening features the poignant new play Holy Mother in Nagasaki, in which a pilgrim learns about the legend of a woman, surmised to have been the Virgin Mary, who appeared to console the victims of the atomic bomb. Kiyotsune, one of Zeami’s (1363?-1443?) masterpieces, is offered as a companion piece. This centuries-old noh play tells the story of  a grieving widow who meets her warrior husband in a dream to learn of his final battle. Performed in Japanese with English subtitles.

About the instructor:

Ms. Shiyo Kaku has an MA in Japanese Pedagogy from Columbia University and has taught Japanese at various universities in New York including The City College of New York and The New School. She currently teaches at the University of Pennsylvania as a full-time language lecturer. She has also recently received a professional development award from Cheng & Tsui Publisher sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese. Her academic interests encompass a range of topics in Japanese language education including technology-based language learning, kanji learning, and cross-cultural communication.

To register:

Fee: $130 nonmembers/$115 Japan Society members / $65 Students with valid Student ID
(includes theater ticket and access to the pre-performance lecture $62 nonmembers/$52 members/$31 Students with valid Student ID)

Course Descriptions and Registration Form (PDF)

To register by phone with a credit card, please call either (212) 715-1256 or (212) 715-1293.

Important Notice: Cancellation Policy
Please note that there will be no refund or cancellation for tuition after 12 pm on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 (for Tokyo Rose and 3 Workshop package), 12 pm on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 (for Yokohama Merii) and 12 pm Thu, May 14, 2015 (for Noh and Nagasaki). All refunds are subject to a $20 service charge, including those requested by the deadline date. No partial registration or auditing is permitted. Cancellations are accepted by phone or in person only. Cancellations via e-mail are not accepted.  By registering for a course, I accept and agree to the above terms of the cancellation policy.

Stories from the War
Marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, Japan Society presents the Society-wide series Stories from the War. Encompassing theater performances, film screenings, lectures, panels and educational opportunities for young people, programming from January to August explores history and considers challenging issues that the U.S. and Japan faced surrounding WWII through a contemporary lens.

Stories from the War is supported by a generous grant from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission.
  • Saturday, May 16, 2015
  • 4:00 pm