Begun in the fourteenth century, Nogaku Noh is a type of Japanese musical drama that goes back to the sarugaku, Chinese Nuo theater. The Noh actors and musicians could never rehearse or practice together. Each practiced movements, dances and songs separately under a senior tutor.The traditional kagura stages are inspired Noh. Hinoki or Japanese cypress wood is the material that was used more in its architecture. There are four pillars supporting the roof. Are placed according to some directions and each has a particular name. Shite-Bashira left side is the pillar and the front sight is sitting or standing. Waki-Bashira right front pillar is used by Waki point of action. Bashira was-is to the back right corner and is used by the flutist. Metsuke-Bashira Shite is the pillar that has front, also known as the looking-pillar.Shite, waki, kyogen and hayashi are the four categories that are divided Noh performers. Shite or makers are the original character of the drama. He is above all a human being and then plays the role of a ghost or Nochijite. Tsure is known as a friend of Shite. Waki is the villain who stands in the way of Shite. Wakizure Kyogen is the friend of performing their work during the breaks of the game. Hayashis plays four instruments of Noh, which are the flute, drum, drums and kotsuzumi hip. The choir consists of about eight people and is known as Kiutai, helpers are known by the name of Kohen.
Noh drama stories can be divided into five categories overall. Although there are different types of division. The kami mono, mono shura, mono katsura, no kiri and various other works. The synchronization of these games may vary from thirty minutes to two hours. Kami Waki aka monkey represents the Shite as a human being in the beginning and then taking the form of the deity and usually has a mythological story about a god. The rest is Shite versus playing the character of the first ghost and then the role of warrior recreate the scene of his death. In a woman katsura Shite plays the dancing and singing. Oni shown as a demon, monster or elf. In the works of vairos, mischievous ghosts Onryō Genzai play every day and the rest interpret madness.Styles can differentiate into Geki and Furyu are games that involve a good performance along with action involved. These games that involve dancing and singing are different types of moods in the theatrical arts. Mugen involve supernatural characters such as ghosts, demons and deities. The story follows juggling between past, present and future. Genzai portrays the adventures of everyday life.
The costumes are very elaborate and are designed according to the role played by the actor wearing it. Like snakes have consecutive triangles as the balance, the costume consists shite work is expensive silk. The choir and instrumentalists have a formal kimono with a shirt. Aides completely black wear suits, masks are used when playing characters of gods, demons, animals or even women played by men. Shite wears a mask usually. All characters have a hand fan or pocket, the drama is still very popular in Japan and continues to attract more and more people mainly because of their interesting style.