Noh is Japanese oldest form of musical dance-drama. The Noh actors wear rich, heavy, ancient costumes and masks. They express emotions only through dancing and gestures. Accompaniment is provided by traditional instruments such as drums(Tsuzumi and Taiko) and flutes(Nokan).

Noh is originally known as sangaku or funny parodies. It was brought from China to Japan around the beginning of the 8th century. It gradually became a more subtle and profound story-telling art form. In the 14th century, a father and son combination named Kan’ami and Zeami that were patronized by third Muromachi shogun, Ashikaga Yoshimitu established the stylized tradition known today as Noh. While Kabuki was for the common people, Noh was a ceremonial drama performed on auspicious occasions for the warrior class.

See also
*List of Japanese culture

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