Monthly Archives: August 2011

Oshirabe

A Noh performance does not officially begin at the moment when the first performers—the musicians, or hayashikata–appear on the stage.  Nor does it begin when the first actor, known as the waki, comes down the bridgeway and introduces himself to … Continue reading

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When every road led onward

When we are young, the whole adventure of life is ahead.  At the dawn of creation, all history awaits.  Later, on both a personal and a collective level, existential fatigue takes hold.  Options seem foreclosed, or circumstances befuddle us into … Continue reading

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