What is this project all about?
This campaign will fund a series of Noh performances in Seattle this fall. This is a rare chance for Seattle audiences to see the Noh play, Tomoe, performed in traditional style by Munenori Takeda, one of Japan’s young Noh stars, and the Takeda Noh Troupe. Deriving from the classic Japanese epic, “Tales of the Heike,” Tomoe tells the moving story of the famous 12th-century woman warrior, Tomoe Gozen, and her ill-fated love for her master,Yoshinaka. In addition to Tomoe, the program will include Seattle’s own Garrett Fisher, who pays tribute to the universal qualities of Noh with his original work, Yoshinaka. It was inspired by the beauty of this classical theatre form and draws from the same Noh play, Tomoe.
Who is making this project possible?
This project is made possible by the support of the Commemorative Organization for the Japan World Exposition (COJWE), the Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO), and numerous individual donors who value the universal beauty of Japan’s heritage arts.
Will I see authentic Noh?
Yes. This is why we’re so excited about this project! Munenori Takeda was brought up in the Noh theatre, playing his first role at the age of two. His family tree includes various Noh masters who have received the “Living National Treasure” (Ningen Kokuho) designation from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Individuals certified as Ningen Kokuho are considered to be the country’s “Preservers of Important Intangible Cultural Properties.” The Kanze school / style of Noh, to which the Takeda family belongs, is known for its emphasis on beauty and elegance. It is the oldest Noh school in Japan, dating back to the 1300s when it was established by Zeami, the founder of Noh.
Where will my donation go?
All donations will go to a special fund dedicated to funding this Noh project. Your contribution will go towards everything from visa fees for the artists, to theater costs, labor costs for stage technicians, transport of valuable Noh accoutrements, production of English supertitles, show program, and an educational exhibit on Noh and Japanese culture at the theatre which audiences can browse during intermission. ここでの寄付金は、すべてこの能プロジェクトの資金として使用されます。

Thanks to...

Sep 27 Tsuneko made a $10 contribution
Sep 8 Tyrone made a $25 contribution
Sep 7 Britton made a $25 contribution
Aug 27 Tyler made a $10 contribution
Jul 28 Keiko made a $50 contribution
Jul 14 Raymond made a $20 contribution
Jul 11 Tomoyuki made a $20 contribution
Jul 8 Yuriko made a $25 contribution
Jul 5 Listel Canada Ltd. made a $150 contribution
Tomoyasu made a $50 contribution
Jul 3 Japanese Chamber of Commerce gave $150 for a share of the JACLab Traveling Arts program costs
Christopher made a $50 contribution
Christopher made a $25 contribution
Emu made a $15 contribution
Jun 28 Microsoft gave $90 for a share of the JACLab Traveling Arts program costs
Microsoft gave $50 for a share of the JACLab Traveling Arts program costs
Jun 24 Setsuko made a $10 contribution
Jun 22 Georgia made a $10 contribution
Jun 18 Yoko made a $10 contribution
Jun 17 Japanese Chamber of Commerce gave $300 for a share of the JACLab Traveling Arts program costs
Japanese Chamber of Commerce gave $800 for a share of the JACLab Traveling Arts program costs
Japanese Chamber of Commerce gave $300 for a share of the JACLab Traveling Arts program costs
Japanese Chamber of Commerce gave $300 for a share of the JACLab Traveling Arts program costs
Japanese Chamber of Commerce gave $100 for a share of the JACLab Traveling Arts program costs
Japanese Chamber of Commerce gave $300 for a share of the JACLab Traveling Arts program costs
Japanese Chamber of Commerce gave $50 for a share of the JACLab Traveling Arts program costs
Japanese Chamber of Commerce gave $50 for a share of the JACLab Traveling Arts program costs
Japanese Chamber of Commerce gave $100 for a share of the JACLab Traveling Arts program costs
Japanese Chamber of Commerce gave $50 for a share of the JACLab Traveling Arts program costs
Takako made a $50 contribution
Jun 15 Kaoru made a $30 contribution
Ayako made a $50 contribution
Keiko made a $50 contribution
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Hiroshi made a $50 contribution
Tim made a $10 contribution
Hiroko made a $20 contribution
Steve made a $100 contribution
Steve made a $150 contribution
Steve made a $250 contribution
Mayumi made a $200 contribution
Jun 12 Nobuo gave $10 for a share of the JACLab Traveling Arts program costs
Akiko gave $10 for a share of the JACLab Traveling Arts program costs
Jun 11 Yoshitaka gave $10 for a share of the JACLab Traveling Arts program costs
Yukiko made a $300 contribution
Mayumi made a $500 contribution
Chisayo gave $10 for a share of the JACLab Traveling Arts program costs
Jun 10 Tomoko made a $100 contribution
Miho made a $100 contribution
Ran gave $20 for a share of the JACLab Traveling Arts program costs
Tomoyasu gave $50 for a share of the JACLab Traveling Arts program costs
Jun 9 Aoba made a $500 contribution
Jun 8 Brenda gave $250 for a share of the JACLab Traveling Arts program costs
Jay gave $150 for a share of the JACLab Traveling Arts program costs
John made a $100 contribution

Help bring a world-class Noh troupe to Seattle!

“The Beauty of NohTomoe + Yoshinaka” can only make it to Seattle with your support. Noh performances of this caliber, given by true masters of this classical theatre form, come to the US infrequently. JACLab is fortunate to count on the participation of Munenori Takeda, one of Japan’s young Noh stars, whose family has belonged to the pre-eminent Kanze style / school of Noh for generations.

Only through public support can we bring such a rare aesthetic experience to Seattle. Your donation will be matched by the Japanese American Chamber of Commerce up to $2,500! If our goal is met, you will have helped directly to make this first-time cultural and artistic event happen in Seattle!

“能の美: 巴 + 義仲”のシアトル上演を、あなたのご支援によって実現させてください。観世流の若きスター武田宗典を中心とする最高水準の能楽師の方々を日本からお呼びして、シアトルの皆様に、能のすばらしい芸術性を堪能していただきたいと思っています。皆様のご協力をお願いいたします。

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About Japan Arts Connection Lab

JACLabは、日本伝統文化の発信と継承をミッションとして掲げ、シアトル周辺の皆様に、日本伝統文化のユニバーサルな魅力を味わっていただけるよう、地域の美術館、劇場、学校など、あるいは、地域の芸術家の皆様と協力して活動を続けています。今回の能公演は、武田宗典氏の“能を世界に広めたい”という熱き情熱を後押しする形で企画いたしました。どうか皆様も、この若き能楽師の世界への挑戦を応援してください。 

JACLab is a nonprofit corporation and registered charity dedicated to sharing the universal beauty of Japan’s heritage arts with the US public. Developed over centuries through unbroken lines of master-apprentice training, these artistic traditions remain relevant for today’s society. Our activities aim to inform a community that can learn and appreciate the values embodied in Japan’s heritage arts.