The Mirror Lion


Shunkyo Kagami Jishi


Servant Yayoi

A female servant to the shogun’s wife in Edo Castle. She was making tea for New Year’s celebrations when she was asked by the senior servant to dance for the shogun.

Spirit of Lion

A legendary animal spirit famously portrayed in a Noh play. He rests at the foot of Manjusri, the Bodhisattva of Supreme Wisdom, and plays in the peonies. He has heavy makeup and a long colorful mane, making an imposing and dramatic presence.

Spirits of Butterfly

Two beautiful butterfly spirits dance in the second half with the lion. Usually performed by child actors in a light dance. The choreography for adults requires significant energy.