Foreword from Noh Mask Craftswoman, Mitsue Nakamura

Noh Mask Craftswoman, Mitsue Nakamura The expression of the Noh mask, the way it looks to us, shows as figurative expression of unemotional mask. However, the distinctive characteristic of Noh world is to express compassion and the intimate aspect of the person rather than story line. In this context, the Noh masks appear in the theatrical shows expressing rich emotions. The Noh masks are formatively designated to express the various emotions of humans (truthfully, the spirits and gods), such as: anger, sorrowfulness, joyfulness, sadness, hatefulness, jealousness, shyness, and a pounding heart the way it felt in first love. In fact, the masks change its expression greatly when there is a slight change on its angles.

The Noh actors, who put on the mask, are always concern on the angles when they wear the mask. In this website, you can actually see the Noh masks changing their facial expressions in various ways. Those changes on facial expressions shown in this website use a series taken photographs and not modified by the computer graphics.



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The 4th Mitsuie Nakamura Ichimon Noh mask Exhibition

We are pleased to announce that we will hold a joint exhibition of works by our three schools (Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo) at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater this coming April.

This will be a different exhibition from the one held in Kyoto, which has become a regular event. We hope you will enjoy the exhibition.


《 Admission free 》

April 6 (Thu) - 9 (Sun), 2023
10:00 - 18:00 (until 16:00 on the last day)

Tokyo Metropolitan Theater
B1F Atelier East
B1F 1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

JR, Tokyo Metro, Tobu Tojo Line, Seibu Ikebukuro Line
2 minutes walk from West Exit of Ikebukuro Station, directly
connected to Exit 2b of the underground passageway

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The 21th Shirakawa-kai Noh Masks Exhibition Mitsue Nakamura Noh Masks Class

A joint exhibition of works from three classrooms (Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo)
It will be held again this year at the nationally registered cultural property "Shimadai."

We look forward to seeing you all.


Special Exhibition : Satsuki Noma

November 25 (Fri.) - 27 (Sun.), 2022
10:00 - 18:00 (until 16:00 on the last day)


Venue: Shimadai, East Wing

North side, Karasuma Higashi-iru, Oike-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
(70m east of Exit 1 at Karasuma-Oike Subway Station)
TEL : 075-221-5007
《 Admission free 》

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Mitsue Nakamura and Four Disciples Exhibition

In November 2022, I will hold a big exhibition in Tokyo with four of my disciples, in which more than 140 Noh masks will be exhibited. It will be an exhibition full of enthusiasm and the ingenuity of young people.
Please come and visit us.


《 Admission free 》

November 15th (Tue) - 21st (Mon), 2022
10:30-19:00 (until 16:00 on the last day)

Tanaka Yaesu Gallery
1-5-15 Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

3 minute walk from Yaesu North Exit of JR Tokyo Station

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Video showing Mitsue Nakamura Noh Mask Workshop Student Exhibition 2021

Here is a video shown at the Mitsue Nakamura Noh Mask Workshop Student Exhibition 2021.




The 7th "Chokoku Kaji to Takumi-tachi"

We are pleased to announce that we will participate in the exhibition, "Chokoku Kaji to Takumi-tachi" at Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.
The exhibition will feature works by artists who use advanced carving techniques such as Danjiri carving, Kazari Kanzashi, lacquer craft, carving knives, wood carving, Kirigane, Kumagawa carving, etc., as well as genuine carving knives that show the skill of the carving smiths.
Please stop by if you are in the neighborhood.



Saturday, July 6 - Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 10:30 - 19:30
Closes at 17:00 on the last day


Gallery Hiroo, Hiroo Plaza 2F, 5-6-6 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
1 minute walk from Hiroo Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line

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