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Kiyotaka Imai, 67, is a prominent noh performer from the Kongo School, which was established in the Kansai region during the 14th century, and headquartered in Kyoto. The son of the late Ikusaburo Imai, a Kongo noh master of the highest ranking (shokubun) and a designated Intangible Cultural Asset, Imai began to study noh while young under his father and the late Iwao Kongo II, the former head of the Kongo school, making his debut on the stage in 1950, at age 7.

No stranger to Tokyo, Imai has been in 11 productions at Tokyo’s National Noh Theater, where on Oct. 30, he will be the shite (principal performer) in “Matsukaze,” a play by Zeami (circa 1363-1443).

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