The traditional Japanese theatrical art of Noh has a history of around 650 years. In its early days, Okina was performed to open all official Noh programs. Extremely ritualistic in form, and regarded as representing the origin of Noh, the unusual piece features dances which celebrate a good harvest and pray for universal peace.
The background and meaning of Okina are shrouded in mystery. The Okina figure of a god appears to incorporate different religions and live in harmony with Nature. The god’s existence may provide hints on ways to improve human society in Japan and elsewhere.
The Okina Project, by means of the two wheels of exhibition and performance, is meant to reexamine Okina and transmit it anew to the world.



~The World of Noh from the Hosokawa Family Collection~
Summer Exhibition 2020: The 70th Anniversary Exhibition of the Eisei Bunko Foundation

Through Noh-related materials in the possession of the Hosokawa Family, the exhibition explores the world of the many gods that appear in Noh performances and Okina, which is believed to be the origin of the Noh theatrical form.
Perfected by Kan-ami and his son Zeami in the late 14th and early 15th centuries, Noh has received a high reputation at home and abroad as a representative of the classical Japanese performing arts. Not only Hosokawa Yusai (Fujitaka) but also successive heads of the Hosokawa Family were devoted to Noh, and they themselves appeared on stage as Noh performers. As a result, a collection of around 900 items related to Noh was accumulated in Kumamoto and Tokyo, where the Hosokawa Family was based, including masks, costumes, instruments, and stage properties.
In Okina, regarded as the very first Noh play, a performer becomes a god by putting on a special mask and dances to pray for the peace and security of the world. Through the costumes and masks which have been passed down by the Hosokawa Family, this exhibition will pursue the prayers and beliefs with which Noh is imbued, starting from Okina, and the significance of the many different god characters who shoulder them. The valuable historical materials on display represent the long and close relationship between the Hosokawa Family and Noh.
We sincerely hope many people from home and abroad will have the chance to enjoy the diversified Japanese world of Noh, Okina and the gods.

  • ① Noh Mask Okina type
    (Hakushikijyo, Important Art Object), Exhibited in 1st Half
  • Kariginu Robe (Noh costume) ,Whole period of exhibition
* Noh Mask listed in “about” will not be displayed.

Exhibition period

Exhibition period: July 23 (Thu), 2020 ~ August 30 (Sun), 2020
Opening hours: 10 am ~ 4:30 pm (Last entry 4:00 pm)
Closed: Mondays (Except August 10, closed on August 11)
* A partial change of the exhibits will be made during the period.
1st Half: July 23 (Thu), 2020 ~ August 10 (Mon), 2020
2nd Half: August 12 (Wed), 2020 ~ August 30 (Sun), 2020
[Special cooperation:Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art]


Adults (up to 69): 1,000 yen
Seniors (70 and over): 800 yen
University and high school students: 500 yen
* Junior high school students and under/Persons with a disability ID (plus one caregiver): free
* Practice good “coughing etiquette”, such as wearing a mask. Click here for more information.


1-1-1, Mejirodai, Bunkyo Ku, Tokyo To, 112-0015, Japan

TEL 03-3941-0850

Traveling exhibition


Exhibition period December 12 (Sat), 2020 ~ January 31 (Sun), 2021

1-2-25, Hirosaka, Kanazawa Shi, Ishikawa Ken, 920-0962, Japan

TEL 076-220-2790

* Be aware that there could be changes in the schedule during the period of the exhibition in order to control the spread of the COVID-19.
  • ① Noh Mask Okina type
    (Hakushikijyo, Important Art Object), Exhibited in 1st Half
  • Kariginu Robe (Noh costume) ,Whole period of exhibition
* Noh Mask listed in “about” will not be displayed.



Special performances of Okina will take place at various locations throughout the country that have a relationship to noh. These performances are being planned for outdoors to enjoy nature and the season.These will be announced in October 2020. Please look forward to these.