Nagoya as ‘Gei-dokoro’: Center for Art and Culture
The seventh Lord of the Owari clan, Tokugawa Muneharu, promoted artistic and cultural activities. Previously such activities were considered superfluous and were not permitted among ordinary citizens. But Muneharu encouraged theatrical and musical performances, and during his reign, artists from all over Japan came to perform in 57 theaters in the area. Nagoya residents were said to have high appreciation for the arts and the city itself was called “Gei-dokoro”, or center for art and culture.
■Nagoya Noh Theater
The Nagoya Noh Theater, built near Nagoya Castle in April 1997, is devoted specifically to traditional Japanese performing arts and to cultural exchanges between Noh and other areas.
The facility houses a comfortable 630-seat theater with a traditional Noh stage made entirely from Japanese cypress (hinoki) from the Kiso area. The fragrance of this beautiful, smooth, pale-yellow wood fills this graceful Japanese style building. It is equipped with the latest public address and lighting systems, and explanations of the Noh performances are available through wireless headsets.The theater also contains a small but attractive museum with a permanent exhibition on Noh.
(Nagoya International Center)