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Yoshitaka Ouchi fell in Tainei-ji Temple of Nagato in 1550 (Tenbun 20). Motonari Mori who won against Sue's forces in the Battle of Miyajima "Itsukushima Kassen" in 1555 (the first year of Kohji) started the noh play of Itsukushima. It has been preformed frequently since 1563 (Eiroku 6).
When the master of Kanze school went down in 1568 (Eiroku 11), he noted "They got nine pieces of noh play on the stage on water. Then they played eleven pieces on the stage set in the villa of Fusaaki Tanamori." in the Fusaaki's Account.

After the Battle of Sekigahara, Fukushima took place of Mori, and became the feudal lord of Geibi. Afterwards, the Miyajima Magistrate, the Miyajima Financial Manager and the Miyajima Accountant of the feudal clan direct control had been installed in Itsukushima since they became follower of Asano from Kii Province in 1619 (Genna 5). It came to take on the character of the sightseeing spot around the Shinto shrine with the development of transportation network. Miyajima got more and more lively. Markets were opened in three seasons of spring / summer / autumn, and noh was performed through the times of Fukushima and Asano.

The festivals came to be performed in the new calendar since the Meiji era. Spring Omiya festival was named as "Toka Festival" and it was held from April 15, which was one month later than March 15 in traditional. Shin noh (noh play) in the Toka Festival was assumed to be held for three days from the 16th.
Okina is played at the beginning of the opening day and the third day. The authentic five pieces of noh play are performed for these three days. Also, kyogen plays are included in-between. You can appreciate the traditional noh play from the Edo era.


  • Shin-noh, Hagoromo

  • Shin-noh, Shojo

  • Shin-noh, Kagetsu

  • Shin-noh, Shari