Misogi-jinja Nogaku-den (Misogi Shrine Noh theater), Yamanashi

The word of “Misogi” of Misogi-jinja Shrine means becoming “clean”, and it is said that Japanese people have set on the origin of the way of thinking “clean” or “dirty” from ancient times.
Unlike Western “right and wrong thought,” it is thought that “Even if work goes wrong, or even if or a big misfortune falls on, if Misogi is performed firmly a certain period and you become “clean”, so you can step toward brand-new life again.”


Of course, religious austerities which is struck by the waterfall or is covered with water on the sea or a river is also “Misogi”, but seemingly, in Shintoism, to clean invisible heart and fate, and to spend each day lively brightly happily is also thought “Misogi”. There is the part overlapping with “Misogi” of the Buddhism a little, but seems to be the Shinto shrine cleansing mind and body together.


In Nogaku-den (Noh theater) equal to Kaguraden (hall for Shinto music and dance), Kiso hinoki is used all, and it is fully equipped with an element necessary for the noh stage called Hon-butai (main stage), Hashigakari (attached bridge-form passageway), Kagami-no-ma (mirror room), Kinin-seki (noble seat), and it is arranged like the phoenix which extended feather centering on this stage.


The late Tadashi Moriya great painter, who was a person of recipient of Order of Culture, drawn Oimatsu (The Old Pine Tree) on Kagamiita (a type of board used in Noh) of stage front.


As the best noh stage in Japan, it seem to be said to be “the stage that I want to play once” in the Noh world.



Name:Misogi-jinja Nogaku-do (Misogi Shrine Noh theater)
Address:Kobuchisawachokamisasao 3401 Hokuto, Yamanashi 408-0041 Japan
Access:JR Chuo-honsen Line “Kobuchizawa-eki Station” (5 minutes by car)
Official site:http://www.misogi.jp/

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