The priests’ prayers before the Noh performance. Their robes were sumptuous purple and orange silks. Only one of them wore black silk.
The temple Horin-ji annually holds a Noh performance on September 9th. I wrote a little about it two posts ago. Usually Udaka Michishige performs, but two years ago I was too busy with work to go watch, and last year September 9th landed on a weekend, so Udaka-Sensei was too busy to perform. Finally, I had another opportunity this year and made sure I was able to take time off from work to go to the temple in Arashiyama.
I joined Sensei and a troop of young people who study with him and generally support his activities, including his two sons, Tatsushige and Norishige, who are actors in their own rights, his daughter, Keiko, who carves masks, his daughter-in-law, Haruna, who is also a semi-professional actor, and Natsuko, who also studies mask-carving, but has taken on a leading role in organizing events and working PR for Sensei. We made an excursion out of the event, for the weather had grown sunny after a few rainy days that had brought an end to the summer heat.
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