November 5, 2017
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Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise

Japan Society 110th Anniversary Commission

Friday, November 3, 7:30 PMfollowed by an exclusive MetLife Meet-the-Artists Soirée 
Saturday, November 4, 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 5, 4:30 PM

Please Note: All Friday, November 3 tickets (Soirée and Performance) are SOLD OUT. Tickets are still available for performances on Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5.

Hiroshi Sugimoto, acclaimed visual artist and traditional Japanese arts connoisseur, offers his most recent noh piece. In this new play, the ghost of revered 16th century tea master Sen-no-Rikyu appears to tell the story of his tragic death by forced suicide. Opening a door onto medieval Japan, the program begins with a tea ceremony by Sen So’oku, direct descendent of Sen-no-Rikyu, and features Japan’s top noh actors and musicians. Performed in Japanese with English titles.

Performance + Soireé Tickets (November 3)
$120/$100 Japan Society members

Performance Only (November 3, 4, 5)
$95/$75 Japan Society members

 Concept: Hiroshi Sugimoto
Noh Libretto: Akiko Baba
Co-Directors: Katayama Kurouemon, Hiroshi Sugimoto
Noh Music Director: Kamei Hirotada
Tea Ceremony: Sen So’oku

Tickets can be purchased online, by visiting or calling the Box Office at (212) 715-1258, or by downloading this order form.

Dr. Takeshi Watanabe, Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University, will lead a pre-performance lecture on Sen-no-Rikyu and Japanese tea ceremony one hour prior to the start of each performance.

Part of the NOH-NOW Series
Following the much acclaimed NOH-NOW performance series that Japan Society presented during our 2007 centennial celebration, we are proud to showcase a new NOH-NOW series to mark our 110th anniversary. This edition offers four new productions by today’s most celebrated artists who continue to draw inspiration from Japan’s centuries-old noh tradition.

Buy a ticket to each NOH-NOW production and save 20%! The discount will automatically be applied when ordering online.

Rikyu-Enoura is co-produced with Odawara Art Foundation.

is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal year 2017.

Medieval Japan’s Influence on the World

Japan Society’s 110th Anniversary Performing Arts Commissions, including Four Nights of Dream, Left-Right-Left, and Rikyu-Enoura, received support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Pre-performance lectures are supported by the National Association of Japan-America Societies, with funding from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

The Medieval Japan’s Influence on the World and Today series is supported by The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and Toshiba International Foundation.


Rikyu-Enoura © Odawara Art Foundation.

  • Sunday, November 5, 2017
  • 4:30 pm