History Nohgaku has been passed down over many years and was referred to as Sarugaku until the Edo period (17th to 19th centuries). Its beginnings trace back to a performing art that came from overseas to Japan, well over a thousand years ago. Noh and Kyogen were perfected as theatrical arts through their mutual interactions and overcoming numerous threats to their survival.
Noh and Kyogen originated from a performing art brought to Japan from China during the Nara period (8th century).
Ascent to Greatness
Kan’ami and Zeami developed Sarugaku into a highly artistic performing art.
A Thriving and
Classical Theatre Form
Under the patronage of the shogunate, Noh and Kyogen became performing arts for the samurai class.
- Momoyama Culture and Hideyoshi
- Ceremonial Art for the Tokugawa Shogunate
- Rise of Chant Books and Shimai Dance