Children’s workshops

2023 Agency for Cultural Affairs “Nurturing Children Through Culture and Arts Project” Performance Tour Hayashidou Main Performance

The Hayashidou tour covers Hyogo, Okayama, Hiroshima, Shimane, and Yamaguchi Prefectures.

2023 Nurturing Children Through Culture and Arts Project Performance Tour

Hayashidou Main Performance Details

Noh theatre is a comprehensive performing art that incorporates drama, dance, music, literature, and art. This performance highlights Hayashi, the music of Noh, and introduces its distinctive musicality.

The program blends the light, up-tempo “Hayabue,” the lively “Shishi,” and other pieces that even adults can fully enjoy.

“Sanbaso,” with its repetitive rhythm, will be performed together with the children from the workshop.

Appreciating and experiencing a Noh music performance will stimulate the children’s sensitivity. They will feel something invisible and inaudible, and it will awaken within them senses forgotten by modern people.


The Hayashidou performance is an instrumental performance, highlighting the musicality of Noh.

  1. Opening: Noh begins and ends with greetings. We will begin with the formal greeting.
  2. The history of Noh: We simply explain the history of Noh.
  3. Instruments: We explain each instrument.
  4. Hayabue performance: We will play the powerful music that accompanies the entrance of dragon deities.
  5. The mysteries of Kakegoe: Experience Kakegoe (calls), which feature in Noh music, and learn how the timing of pauses alters a performance.
  6. Noh musical expression: We explain the methods of expression used in Noh music. Clap along in time and experience the superlative technique of Nagashi.
  7. Kakegoe expression: Experience how different Kakegoe sound and express your favorite Kakegoe in a variety of situations.
  8. Break: During the break, members of the audience can try their hand at playing the Kotsuzumi and the Otsuzumi.
  9. “Sanbanzo” (joint performance): “Sanbanzo” will be performed together with about 18 children selected from the drum workshop. The other children will clap in time.
  10. Kagura performance: Goddess Ame no Uzume no Mikoto danced to this music at the mouth of the cave where sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami was hiding to lure her out. This rhythmical, lively piece requires a high level of competence from the performers, while the sudden changes in speed excite audiences.
  11. Shishi performance: Listen to this dynamic, exuberant piece, which juxtaposes stillness and motion, and experience the essence of Noh music.
  12. Questions & comments: Members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask any questions, be it something they do not understand or are curious about.
  13. Closing greeting: The performance closes with a standard formal greeting.

Click here for details on the Pre-Performance Workshop.