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[Delve into Japanese Culture@ I-House]
Introducing KYOGEN by Shigeyama Doji


  • *This program has finished.
  • Lecturer: Shigeyama Doji (Kyogen actor, Okura School)
  • Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Venue: Kabayama-Matsumoto Room, International House of Japan
  • Language: English (without Japanese interpretation) kisako_logo
  • Admission: 2,000 yen (1,500 yen for IHJ members and students; Free for guests staying at I-House on March 8 or 9)
    Please pay in cash at the reception.
  • Seating: 80 (reservations required) reservation
I-House and KISAKO Intercultural Institute are offering English sessions on Japanese culture which can lead to new awareness both for non-Japanese and Japanese. In March, 2017, we will invite Shigeyama Doji to talk about the charm of kyogen, a form of traditional Japanese theater that developed as a sort of intermission and comic relief between the solemn noh acts. Shigeyama is a kyogen actor who has performed kyogen both in Japanese and English inside and outside Japan. He will demonstrate a dance during the lecture.

Shigeyama Doji

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©Doji Company Inc.
Kyogen actor of the Okura School. Born in Kyoto in 1983 as the son of kyogen actor, Shigeyama Akira. Studied kyogen as an apprentice of his grandfather, Shigeyama Sennojo II, and his father. First performed on stage in 1986 in the play “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” staged by Akira Shigeyama’s NOHO Gekidan company. Doji performed Senzai in 1997, and in 2003 Sanbaso. He performed the difficult kyogen piece, Tsurigitsune as a demonstration of his skills as an apprentice in 2006.

In 2013, He wrote and directed his first “Hyakumanben” comic skit, and in 2014 he began his “Shinsaku ‘Jun’ Kyogen Marikouji” performance group to present new kyogen plays he writes. In 2015, he wrote and directed an operetta, The Merry Widow, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre and Kanazawa Theatre.

In other wide-ranging activities he has used his English speaking skills in appearing regularly on the NHK language program “Purekiso English” as the character “CowDoji” and also performs as an actor in movies and on stage. He performs Kyogen in both Japanese and English inside and outside Japan and often collaborates with artists in various genres. The website of Doji Company Inc. is here.