Traditional Japanese theater art in Sana’a [Archives:2005/813/Community]

February 3 2005

In cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Sana'a University, the Embassy of Japan is organizing a Japanese theater art performance known as “NOU” to be played by a group of “Sensu.”

Performances will be held at Sana'a University on 5 Feb, at 11:00 a.m. at the Big Hall of Al-Sharia Faculty, with a short lecture, and in the open yard of the Sana'a Culture Center on 6 Feb. at 7:30 p.m.

There are 5 types of traditional Japanese theater arts, which are still performed today: Bugaku, NOU, Kyogen, Kabuki and Bunraku. The NOU art with dance and music, which was established in the 14th century, is one of the oldest professional theaters in the world. In 2001, UNESCO announced that Kyogen and NOU arts are a part of World Heritage.

This is the first cultural activity of the Embassy of Japan this year. Last year, the Embassy organized many cultural activities, including the Days of Japanese films and Chura traditional dance performance, in addition to the Graphic Art Exhibition at the House of Culture.

Through these events, the Embassy of Japan hopes that Yemenis will enjoy watching the culture and the life of the Japanese people and that the mutual understanding between Yemen and Japan will be developed.