On January 23, "The Japan Deaf Theatre," located in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo performed "the spring kyogen* in sign language" in the National Noh Theatre located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.
＊kyogen means "a comical play performed during the interlude of Noh plays."
The theatre members performed humorously three programs - "The nun who cries," "The Onigawara*," and "The Mustached Tower" - as their 30th anniversary public performance this time.
＊Onigawara means "a ridge-end roofing tile with the design of a devil."
Princess Kiko, the wife of Prince Akishino who is the younger brother of the Crown Prince, appreciated the performances. She has an understanding of sign language and gives a speech in sign language often.
The JDT was formed in 1980, and performed the first signed kyogen in 1983.
Japanese original article:
Princess Kiko attends National Sign Language Speech Contest for hearing students in Tokyo