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“Nou-men”, the Japanese mask which expresses “nothing but everything”2013.06.03

“Nou-men” is a mask with no expression. It is not cheerful, gloomy and serious.

This mask is a item for “Nou-gaku” which is Japanese culture beginning in Heian period, between 9th and 12th century. This culture is designated as Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO and an important intangible cultural asset of Japan. “Nou-men” has no expression. However, audiences see mixed feelings on it. The motion of a performer and an angle and shadow makes complex expression.

“Nou-gaku” is performed everywhere in Japan. When you come to Japan, I recommend you to look over “Nou-gaku” event.

“Nou-men”, the Japanese mask which expresses "nothing but everything"

Photo by norio_nomura

“Nou-men”, the Japanese mask which expresses "nothing but everything"

Photo by norio_nomura

“Nou-men”, the Japanese mask which expresses "nothing but everything"

Photo by norio_nomura

“Nou-men”, the Japanese mask which expresses "nothing but everything"

Photo by Hisakazu Watanabe

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