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Noh Master

Kiyokazu Kanze

Born in Tokyo in 1959, Kiyokazu Kanze is the 26th Grand Master of the Kanze School, which claims the closest line of lineage back to Zeami and Kannami, who founded Noh in the Muromachi Period [1336-1573]. He is the eldest son of 25th Grand Master Sakon (Motomasa) Kanze. He has performed across Japan and in many other countries in revived plays such as "Hakozaki" and "Akoyanomatsu", and the new Noh plays "Rikyu" and "The Conversion of St. Paul". He has been designated as part of an Important Intangible Cultural Property of Japan, and is the recipient of numerous other awards and honors, including the Minister of Education’s Art Encouragement Prize and previously its Prize for New Artists, the Pola Award for Traditional Culture, Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the French government, and the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon from the Japanese government.

Interview and Text by Yuka Okada / Photographs by Satoko Imazu


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