Noh (, ), or Nogaku (能楽, Nōgaku)—derived frae the Sino-Japanese wird for "skill" or "talent"—is a major form o clessical Japanese muisical drama that haes been performed syne the 14t century. Developed bi Kan'ami an his son Zeami, it is the auldest major theatre airt still regularly performed the day.[1] Tradeetionally, a Noh programme includes five Noh plays wi comedic kyōgen plays in atween; an abbreviatit programme o twa Noh plays an ane kyōgen piece haes acome common in Noh presentations the day. An okina (翁) play mey be presentit in the very beginnin especially during New Years, halidays, an ither special occasions.[2]

Noh performance at Itsukushima Shrine


  1. Bowers, Faubion (1974). Japanese Theatre. Rutland, Vermont: Charles E. Tuttle Co.
  2. "Introduction to Noh and Kyogen". the Japan Arts Council. Retrieved 6 December 2014.