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Noh on Stage: Walking with the Spirits

Photo by Kin-no-Hoshi Watanabe Photo Studio

Experience the traditional art of Noh theater at the Portland Japanese Garden. Using masks transformed with the slightest tilt of the head, respected Kyoto-based Noh actors offer a glimpse of a performing art that dates back to the 14th century. Arrayed in gorgeous brocade costumes, masked spirits of departed courtiers return to work out questions that haunt them in the afterlife. Tickets include complimentary wine or tea and snacks.

Delve Deeper into the Art of Noh

The masks echo eerily and the movements slow us down to a pace we lost centuries ago. The stories of Noh provide deeper questions of life and death.