Masks and Costumes Masks give a very strong impression in Nohgaku, which is performed by movements that have stripped away extraneous elements. Other items also captivate the viewers, including costumes and fans that come in refined colors and shapes as well as simple stage props.
Unlike Kabuki and contemporary theatre, there are no directors for Nohgaku performances. Within the confines of the rules, the actors themselves choose their masks and costumes according to their roles. On the stage, the imaginations of the audience are stimulated through symbolic expressions, all without the use of major stage sets such as large equipment and backdrops.
Nohgaku masks show infinite expressions depending on the actor’s technique, the angle from which it is seen, and the way the light is hitting it.
Nohgaku costumes are not simply visually attractive; they are also essential elements for portraying the roles.