Noh performer Hisa Uzawa has spent her life devoted to an art form that — with its slow and steady movements, sparse staging and ancient chanting — may at first seem staid. In her hands, however, the 650-year-old tradition becomes relentlessly contemporary.
Uzawa was born into a noh family in 1949. Her father, Masashi, was a shite(lead actor) in the Kanze School and part of the Tessenkai Ensemble, and Uzawa grew up steeped in traditional music and arts.
I am a Tokyo based writer, translator, artist and musician. I love jazz, art, koto, kimono, good food and cats.