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GMJR12XNB-NW008 (Noh-Men)

 

US$1,131.00
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70% Cotton / 20% Cupra Rayon / 10% Polyester, Five-pocket styling, Zip fly, Straight-leg style, subtle fading and whiskering through thighs, iconic back pocket stitching, iconic leather patch, Stone-Bio-Fade Washed

 

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能面【NOH-MEN】

 

Noh-men is the mask which is put on in Noh play, which is a music-and-mask play.  The variety of the mask has reached two hundred and several dozen and it is roughly classified into five groups: monster, old person, man, woman and vengeful ghost.  The mask depicted on GYO-UN jeans is a representative one which shows female expression. 

A mask has been valued greatly by Noh performers and an object for awe since ancient times because it is believed that deities dwell in a mask.  The Noh-men mask is said to be a fetish which gives Noh performers a sort of power beyond a mere outfit of makeup. 

 

~ STORY ~

 

Once upon a time,

Noh play had been performed in a temple at the festival of Koma Village and

the festival had been flourished. 

 

The village had a family of pedigree and there was a big zelkova tree in their yard. 

One morning, when the head on the family walked in the yard,

he discovered something hanging down on the tree. 

He made his servant checked it hastily and found out that it was a Noh-men mask. 

“What a marvel it is!  The mask must be a gift from Heaven!”

He was so pleased with this occurrence and

had treasured the mask because he loved Noh play.

 

One day, however,

somebody stole the mask from him and it changed hands a number of times

only to be stored in a shed of a millionaire in Kyoto in the end. 

The millionaire came to hear a strange cry coming from the shed and

when the millionaire in his suspicions looked into the shed,

he found the Noh-men mask singing with tears.

 

“Ino Ino Koma Ino Koma no Matsuri ni Tonde Ino…,”

which means

“Want to be back, want to go back to Koma, want to fly back to the festival of Koma.”  

 

Before long, the millionaire brought the mask back

to the family of pedigree in Koma Village.