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Shiori Shinoda - Mask play performer 

I stage performances based on Noh and other traditional performing arts mainly in Kyoto.

I find myself drawn to the kawaramono – people who lived on the fringes of mainstream society in the middle ages of /medieval Japan. Kawaramono means “those of the riverbeds”: a reference to the fact that these people lived and worked near rivers or in dry riverbeds. This community, which faced discrimination from so-called respectable society, included performers who staged shows outdoors. In the same way, my group would rather perform in nature rather than at indoor venues. We want to bathe in the rain and the sound of the wind, answering the voice of nature with our own voices and movement.

The Kamogawa, a river in the east of Kyoto, is said to be one of the birthplaces of performing arts such as Noh and kabuki. The riverside was crowded with high wooden stages called yagura, where all kinds of performances took place. The Kamogawa was filled with life: chaotic, perhaps, but accepting of all manner and all kinds of things. Most of the arts performed there have since vanished from the world. 


2010 - 2015

Kyoto University ,aesthetics

2015 - 2016

bigakko (Art school in Tokyo)



Grand prize, Kansai Noh contest for students

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