What is Kyōgen?

Learning a new tradition can be overwhelming. We’ve created a comprehensive introductory guide to ease you into the world of kyōgen and ameliorate your viewing experience.

A Rich History

Over 600 years ago a type of street performance called sarugaku was patronized by the warrior class and began its journey to becoming what we now know today as nōgaku – the art of nō and kyōgen. Feel free to use our handy timeline to help you navigate kyōgen’s history.

Kyōgen at UHM

Though only a relatively small component of the centuries long history of kyōgen, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) is privileged to have been able to play a role in the internationalization of the genre over the past five decades. Take a look at our Kyōgen at UHM timeline to find out more!

Kyōgen: A Visual Guide

From the stage to the costumes, from the masks to the movements, there’s so much more to kyōgen than just the plays! Check out our guide to help you develop the visual literacy that will help you enjoy kyōgen performances of all types.