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Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Showcases the “Noh,” Oldest Dramatic Form in the World, in Collaboration with the National Noh Theatre

June 4, 2016 Destination North Asia No Comments Print Print Email Email

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, one of Japan’s most prestigious international hotels located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, will hold a special exhibition of the world’s oldest dramatic form “Noh” from June 1 to 29, 2016, in celebration of the 45thanniversary of our hotel’s operations. A number of highly precious masks and costumes used in the “Noh” and related art items will be provided by the National Noh Theatre to be viewed by visitors free of charge. And on June 16, renowned Noh performer Yoshimasa Kanze will perform an excerpt of Noh drama entitled “Atsumori” with special commentary. Along with the performance, lunch course specially prepared by our executive chef will also be served. In addition, free Noh demonstrations will be held in the main lobby of our hotel on June 22 and 23.


Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo is showcasing the oldest dramatic form in the world. In collaboration with the National Noh Theatre, we will be exhibiting authentic Noh wooden masks, costumes, and many more.

The classical symbolic art of “Noh” drama has been performed within Japan for over 600 years. Noh’s highly refined movements and theatrics have influenced various arts and it has been registered as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2008. This special exhibition will be held to not only commemorate the Keio Plaza Hotel’s 45th anniversary of operations, but also to entertain guests who visit from over 100 different countries by providing them with glimpses of one of Japan’s highly unique art forms.

Over 40 different Noh related art items will be displayed, including 6 costumes and 20 masks worn in Noh performances since the Edo Period (1603 to 1868), and various art items documenting the art form of Noh for hotel guests to enjoy. On June 22 and 23 from 2:00p.m., demonstrations of Noh will be performed in the main lobby area of our hotel for guests to enjoy free of charge.

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