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       Images of noh

       In the Autumn of 1978, I enjoyed two wonderful months in Kyoto, Japan. It started with the World Craft Conference in early September and I stayed on to study the techniques of Ukiyo-e, traditional Japanese woodblock prints.

       What a glorious time of year it was to spend in this city which is the unquestioned jewel of \‘Old Japan\’, the only Japanese city to be spared the incendiary bombing of the Americans in World War II. The great wooden temples of Kyoto seemed to be at their best and the mountains surrounding the city, took on the colours of the dying year.

       In this atmosphere of beauty and traditional culture, one evening I attended a presentation of a Noh drama held at a temple site which served as the stage. It was an impressive visual experience and I was able to sit by the edge of the cedar floor and record both the drama and the audience\’s response to it.

       I printed all the negatives I took and they are arranged in the order they were taken. Someone in the audience told me it was about the crowning of a boy as Emperor. For me it was the visual highlight of my visit to this beautiful city. This serene and elegant drama was the quintessential \‘Old Japan'.

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