Dramatic Masks: Embodiments of Prayers to the Spirit World

Core Kyoto

28m 00s
Broadcast on December 30, 2021 Available until March 31, 2024

Kyoto abounds with customs and traditions involving dramatic masks, such as Noh, a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage; Nenbutsu Kyogen, comedic theater performed by amateur actors; and handcrafted Saga masks made in Saga-Arashiyama and used as protective charms. In contemporary times, masks are seen as symbols that hold communities together, offering solace to people during the coronavirus pandemic. Discover the world of theatrical masks through their history and evolution over the centuries.

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