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As the culminating celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the U.S.-Japan Treaty, members of Nohgaku Kyokai return to Japan Society after their sold-out performances in March of 2004. This association of 1,500 professional noh and kyogen performers, many of whom the Japanese government has designated Living National Treasures, offer a rare restaging of the First Noh & Kyogen Program Witnessed by Americans, presented in Japan in 1879. This historical event--which included President Ulysses S. Grant as an audience member--was documented in the diary of Noh Master Umewaka Minoru (1828-1909), whose great grandson, Master Umewaka Rokuro, is featured in this program.

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