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Sarugaku Masks: Shaping the Culture of Noh

Nogaku, traditional performances of noh and kyōgen plays, was once known as sarugaku or sarugo. The archaic terms are said to have their roots in the word "sangaku," meaning "miscellaneous arts," which included the non-native arts that merged with Japanese entertainment to become what ...

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Matsudaira Fumai: Daimyo, Tea Master, Aesthete

Matsudaira Fumai: Daimyo, Tea Master, Aesthete

Matsudaira Fumai (1751-1818), the seventh Matsudaira family daimyo of the Matsue Domain, is celebrated for successfully reforming the domain's governance while also advocating cultural innovation. Under the name of Fumai, he later became recognized as a master of the Japanese tea ceremony and, as ...

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