Revealing the Mask: Noh Mask Carving

Revealing the Mask: Noh Mask Carving
In an opportunity rarely granted to those living outside Japan, Theatre Nohgaku has partnered with our longtime collaborator Hideta Kitazawa to provide for this once-in-a-liftime experience.

Participants will create their own noh masks in the home studio of master carver and instructor Hideta Kitazawa. Finished works will be displayed at the Kita School’s theater in Meguro for the final recital of the Power through Resistance Workshop.

WHAT: Noh Mask Making: Revealing the Mask
WHERE: Tokyo, Japan
WHEN: June 23-July 12 , 2019
COST: ¥85,000

Tuition includes:
* Participation fee
* Materials for seminars

Tuition does NOT include:
*Transportation, accommodation or daily expenses

The workshop is limited to 3 participants. Early registration highly recommended.

For more information and how to register, please contact us:

[OR – ntp.japan.summer "at" gmail "dot" com]

About Hideta Kitazawa

HIDETA KITAZAWA is a woodcarving artist specializing in masks and Shinto temples.

He graduated from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology in 1991 with a major in Forestry Studies and went on to study woodcarving intensely with his father Ikkyou Kitazawa. In 1993 he began carving masks under the guidance of master artisan Michihiko Ito.

He has received numerous honors, including the Outstanding Youth Artesian Award for Tokyo 1997 and the Yokohama Noh Drama Hall Director’s Prize in
2003. In 2014 he received the title of Master Woodcarver from the mayor of Katsushika City in Tokyo. He has exhibited his works nationally and internationally, and his carvings for Shinto floats and o-mikoshi are used throughout Japan’s Kanto region. His masks are also used by many noh and kyogen professionals as well as by non-Japanese performers.


HIDETA KITAZAWA has worked extensively with non-Japanese performers to create evocative contemporary masks.

His collaborations with Theatre Nohgaku and Theatre of Yugen have brought his masks to stages from London to Kyoto, Paris to Beijing.

Contemporary masks grow from a deep knowledge and thorough mastery of the centuries-old techniques of traditional mask-making. Mr. Kitazawa’s interaction with playwrights, actors and directors leads him to the creation of forms that fit their vision. A single block of hinoki ~ a Japanese cypress ~ is chosen, and after preparing a clay model, chisel is laid to grain. Meticulously painted watercolors are applied to gesso-coated wood, and the actor brings the mask to life on stage.