JPARC Home Page

JPARC (Japanese Performing Arts Research Consortium) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website and databases.

JPARC invites you to access the nōgaku (Noh theater studies) section of the new website :

JPARC aims to provide researchers, students, teachers, and theatre practitioners with high-quality materials and up-to-date scholarship on Japanese performing arts. It supports:

  1. Databases that collect and display multimedia materials related to performance, such as masks, costumes, stage properties, illustrations, and photographs of staged productions.
  2. A website presenting textual and multimedia content organized by performance type, each with modules on history, performance elements, plays, playwrights, performers, and historical illustrations.

This older JPARC site includes sections for the analysis of certain topics, multimedia articles, and reference materials such as glossaries, bibliographies, browsing indexes, and timelines. Modules are collections of Web pages devoted to a specific topic such as important theatrical figures or readings and productions of a single piece. For a tour of this site, see the video Welcome to JPARC!

Selected JPARC Sections

Reference Resources

Prints - Kabuki Playbills
歌舞伎・浄瑠璃 番付
ehon banzuke


Kabuki Dance Techniques

Bandō Kotoji performing Tadanobu

Noh as Performance
noh stage performing Akogi


Intro to Bunraku
Bunraku puppet and puppeteer

Japanese Theatre in Russia

Russian program for kabuki, 1928

Playwrights - Zeami
Public Noh in 19th Century
Bangai Noh Plays

All sections in JPARC use materials from the Global Performing Arts Database (GloPAD), a multilingual, Web-accessible database of media and information on the performing arts. Follow links to view records for individual images, videos, piece or person names, or production records on the" title="GloPAD" target="_blank">GloPAD public interface.

All sections on JPARC can be reached using the menu on the sidebar to the left.


Go to GloPACGo to GloPAD (database)