List of Noh plays (N–Z)

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This is a complete list of extant pre-modern Noh plays, their supposed authors, and categorisations. A short English translation of the title is given where one exists. A list of those plays which have a separate article on Wikipedia can be found here.

Some plays are given different names by different schools. The words bangai kyoku signify that a play is no longer part of current repertoire.

Name Kanji Cat Author
Nakamitsu
=Manjū
仲光
or 満仲
4 Zeami
Naniwa 難波 1 Zeami
Nara mōde
=Daibutsu kuyō
奈良詣
or 大仏供養
4 unknown
Nezame 寝覚 1 unknown
Nishikido 錦戸 4 unknown
Nishikigi
The Brocade Tree
錦木 4 Zeami
Niwatori Tatsuta 鶏竜田 5 unknown
Nomori
Guardian of the Fields
野守 5 Zeami
Nonomiya
The Shrine in the Fields
野宮 3 Komparu Zenchiku?
Nue
Nightbird
5 Zeami
Obasute
Abandoned Old Lady
姨捨 3 Zeami
Ochiba (no miya)
Fallen Leaves
落葉(宮) 3 unknown
Ōeyama
Demon of Ōeyama
大江山 5 unknown
Ohara gokō
Imperial Visit to Ohara
大原御幸
or 小原御幸
3 unknown
Oimatsu
The Ancient Pine
老松 1 Zeami
Okina
The Old Man
0 unknown
Ominameshi
Damsel Flower
女郎花 4 unknown
Ōmu Komachi
Komachi's Parrot-poem
鸚鵡小町 3 unknown
Orochi 大蛇 5 Kanze Nobumitsu
Oshio 小塩 3 Komparu Zenchiku
Ōyashiro 大社  ? Kanze Nagatoshi
Raiden 来殿 5 Maeda Nariyasu, rev.
Hōshō Gorō Tomoyuki
Raiden 雷電 5 unknown
Rashōmon 羅生門 5 Kanze Nobumitsu
Rinzō 輪蔵 1 Kanze Nobutoshi
Rōtaiko
Prison Drum
籠太鼓 4 unknown
Rō Giō
Prison Giō
籠祇王 3 Kanze Motomasa?
Ryōko 龍虎 5 Kanze Nobumitsu
Sagi
The White Heron
3 unknown
Saigyōzakura
Saigyō's Cherry Tree
西行桜 3 Zeami
Sakahoko 逆鉾 1 Miyamasu?
Sakuragawa
Cherry River
桜川 4 Zeami
Sakurai (no eki) 桜井(駅) 4 Nezu Morizane
Sanemori 実盛 2 Zeami
Sanshō
Three Men Laugh
三笑 4 unknown
Sasaki 佐々木  ? Heike (book 9)
Saoyama 佐保山 1 Komparu Zenchiku?
Seiganji 誓願寺 3 unknown
Seiōbo
Queen Mother of the West
西王母 1 Komparu Zenchiku?
Sekidera Komachi
Komachi at Sekidera
関寺小町 3 Zeami?
Sekihara Yoichi 関寺与市 4 unknown
Semimaru 蝉丸 4 Zeami?
Senju 千手
or 千寿
3 Komparu Zenchiku
Sesshōseki
The Death Stone
殺生石 5 unknown
Settai
Hospitality
摂待 4 Miyamasu
Shakkyō 石橋 5 unknown
Shari 舎利 5 unknown
Shichiki ochi
Seven Warriors in Flight
七騎落 4 unknown
Shiga 志賀 1 unknown
Shigehira
=Kasa sotoba
重衡 2
Shigemori 重盛 4 bangai kyoku
Shikiji monogurui 敷地物狂 4 bangai kyoku
Shikimi tengu
Goblins among the Flowers
樒天狗  ? unknown
Shirahige 白髭
or 白鬚
1 unknown
Shironushi 代主 1 Komparu Zenchiku?
Shōjō
The Tippling Elf
≠Taihei Shōjō
猩々 5 unknown
Shōki 鍾馗 5 Komparu Zenchiku
(Ō) Shōkun
Wang Zhaojun
(王)昭君 5 unknown
Shōzon 正尊 4 Kanze Nobutoshi
Shunkan
=Kikaigashima
俊寛
or 鬼界島
4 Komparu Zenchiku?
Shunnei 春栄 or
しゅんねい
4 Zeami
Shunzei Tadanori 俊成忠度 2 Naitō Zaemon
Sonoda 園田  ?  ???
Sōshi arai (Komachi)
Komachi Clears Her Name
草紙洗(小町) 3 unknown
Sotoba Komachi
Komachi on the Gravepost
卒都婆小町 4 Kan'ami
Suma Genji
Genji at Suma Bay
須磨源氏 5 Zeami
Sumidagawa
The Sumida River
隅田川
or 角田川
4 Kanze Motomasa
Sumiyoshi mōde
Pilgrimage to Sumiyoshi
住吉詣 3 unknown
Sumizomezakura 墨染桜 3 unknown
Name Kanji Cat Author
Tadanobu 忠信 4 unknown
Tadanori 忠度 2 Zeami
Taema 当麻 5 Zeami
Taihei shōjō
The Elf and the Big Jar
大瓶猩々 5 unknown
Taisanpukun
Archdemon Taisan
泰山府君 4 unknown
Taisei Taishi 太施太子
or 泰世太子
 ? Nobumitsu
bangai kyoku
Taiten 大典 1  ???
Takasago/Aioi
Growing Old Together
高砂
or 相老
1 Zeami
Take no yuki
Snow on the Bamboos
竹雪 4 unknown
Tamakazura
The Jeweled Chaplet
玉葛
or 玉鬘
4 Komparu Zenchiku
Tamanoi
Jewel Well
玉井 1 Kanze Nobumitsu
Tamura 田村 2 unknown
Tango monogurui
The Madman of Tango
丹後物狂 4 Iami, rev. Zeami
bangai kyoku
Tanikō
The Valley Rite
谷行 5 unknown
Tankai 湛海 4 unknown
Tatsuta 龍田
or 竜田
3 Komparu Zenchiku
Teika 定家 3 Komparu Zenchiku
Tenko
The Heavenly Drum
天鼓 4 unknown
Tōboku
The Northeastern Hall
東北 3 unknown
Tōbōsaku 東方朔 1 Komparu Zenpō
Tōei 藤永
or 藤栄
4 unknown
Tōgan koji 東岸居士 4 Zeami?
Tokusa
Scouring Rushes
木賊 4 Zeami?
Tomoakira 知章 2 unknown
Tomoe 2 unknown
Tomonaga 朝長 2 Kanze Motomasa?
Torioi(bune)
Birdscaring Boat
鳥追(舟) 4 unknown
Tōru
=Shiogama
or
塩釜
5 Zeami
Tōsen
Chinese ship
唐船 4 unknown
Tsuchigomo
Spirit of a Spider
土蜘蛛 5 unknown
Tsuchiguruma
The Wheelbarrow
土車 5 Zeami
Tsunemasa 経政
or 経正
2 unknown
Tsurugoaka 鶴岡  ? bangai kyoku
Tsurukame
=Gekkyūden
Crane and Tortoise
鶴亀 or
月宮殿
1 unknown
U no matsuri
Cormorant Festival
鵜祭 1 unknown
Uchito mōde
Visit to Ise Shrines
内外詣 1 Kongō Nagayori
Ugetsu
Rain and Moon
雨月 4 Komparu Zenchiku
Ukai
The Cormorant Fisher
鵜飼 5 Enamizaemon Gorō
rev. Zeami
Ukifune
A Drifting Boat
浮舟 4 Yokō Motohisa
rev. Zeami
Ukon 右近 1 Zeami, rev.
Kanze Nobumitsu?
Ume 3 Kanze Motoakira
Umegae
Plum Branch
梅枝 4 unknown
Uneme 釆女 3 Zeami?
Unoha
Cormorant Feathers
鵜羽  ? bangai kyoku
revived 1991
Unrin'in
Unrin Temple
雲林院 3 unknown
Urashima 浦島 1 Kanze Miyamasu
Urokogata 鱗形 1 unknown
Utaura
Soothsaying by verse
歌占 4 Kanze Motomasa
Utō
Birds of Sorrow
善知鳥 4 Zeami Motokiyo
Utsusemi
The Cicada's Shell
空蝉  ? bangai kyoku
Yamanba
The Mountain Crone
山姥 5 Zeami
Yashima
=Yoshitsune
The Battle of Yashima
八島
or 屋島
or 義経
2 Zeami?
Yōkihi
Everlasting Sorrow
楊貴妃 3 Komparu Zenchiku
Yorimasa 頼政 2 Yorimasa
Yōrō
Nurturing the Aged
養老 1 Zeami
Yoroboshi
Stumbling Beggar Boy
弱法師 4 Kanze Motomasa
kuse by Zeami
Yoshino Shizuka
Lady Shizuka in Yoshino
吉野静 3 Kan'ami
Yoshino Tennin 吉野天人 3 Kanze Nobumitsu
Youchi Soga
Soga Brother's Night Attack
夜討曽我 4 Miyamasu
Yūgao
Evening Faces
夕顔 3 unknown
Yugyō yanagi
The Priest and the Willow
遊行柳 3 Kanze Nobumitsu
Yuki
Snow
3 unknown
Yumi Yawata 弓八幡 1 Zeami
Yuya 熊野
or 湯谷
3 unknown; Komparu Zenchiku?[1]
Zegai 善界,是界
or 是我意
5 Takeda Sadamori
Zenji Soga
The Priest Soga
禅師曽我
or 禅師曾我
4 unknown

References[edit]

  1. ^ "...The author is unknown but there is a strong possibility that it was Komparu Zenchiku. See Itō, Yōkyoku Shū, III, p. 506." pg 1052, Seeds in the Heart.
  • This list is largely a condensed version of that compiled by Michael Watson at Meiji Gakuin University, which includes more information on translations into European languages and relevant journal articles. [1]