Mitsue Nakamura

Biographical sketch

She was born in Mie prefecture. In 1969, she graduated at Kyoto city University of Fine arts (Presently, Kyoto City University of Arts), fine art division, western paintings.
She started to learn the craft of Noh mask in1983. She studied under noh mask craftsman Mr. Yasuemon Hori from 1990 and fully devoted to creating Noh mask since then.
Her masks were adopted by numerous Noh actor such as Kanze Soke. She also, provides instructions on how to make Noh mask in Tokyo,Osaka and Kyoto.

Her Noh masks are being collected by domestic and foreign art collectors. Since 2014, the Fundação Oriente museum in Portugal collected some Noh masks.

She appeared many times on TV programs, newspapers, and magazines. 


Main exhibitions

  • In 1994 The Museum of Kyoto (Kyoto)
  • In 1998 The Museum of Kyoto (Kyoto)
  • In 2000 Kyukyodo art gallery (Tokyo)
  • In 2002 Okurayama memorial Hall (Yokohama)
  • In 2004 Shimadai (Kyoto)
  • In 2010 Kyukyodo art gallery (Tokyo)
  • In 2012 Nagoya Nogakudo (Nagoya)
  • In 2017 Art Stage 567 (Kyoto)

Record of Awards

  • In 2000, Award of excellence in "Yodogimi" Noh mask contest, Osaka Castle Takigi-Noh
  • In 2001, Award of excellence in “Noh-Kyogen Mask Award 21”, Yokohama Noh Theater
  • In 2003, Grand prize in “Noh-Kyogen Mask Award 2003”, Yokohama Noh Theater

Television appearance, video pictures and books

  • In 2002 Magazine “TIME TRAVELER 2002 fall”(
  • In 2004 “Miyakonokaori (scent of towns)”(TV Ashahi)
  • In 2006 “Tokinotanbou (exploring times) No.374”
         Noh masks - infinite face expression(CBCTV)
  • In 2006 “Binotsubo (a pot of beauty) file18”Noh masks
         (NHK educational channel)
  • In 2007 DVD”carnet de voyage le japon avec Olivier Martin”(GEDEON)
  • In 2008 Picture book ”Noumenjigen (Noh mask dimension)”
       (Photographed by Yuto Hirakakiuchi, Seikou corp.)
  • In 2009 “begin Japanology”(NHK world TV,NHK educational channel)
  • In 2009 Picture book of Teruo Amachi
         “Nohmenfuushi (Noh mask figures) Mitsue Nakamura - A world of Noh mask”
  • In 2011 Documentary program “-TAKUMI-” 〜Noh mask craftsman〜(Sky perfect TV)
  • In 2012, Television advertising and video advertising inside of the train, "Kitakore!"
  • In 2016, TV program "DESIGN TALKS plus" Faces (NHK WORLD TV & NHK BS1)
  • In 2017, Lecture of “Story of Noh masks”
         (General assembly and academic meeting of the Japan Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)
  • In 2017, TV program " Various theory exists, #9 who is the Tō忻鼈ū蜑黶i Sharaku” (BS-TBS)

Other than from listed above, learning materials such as school textbooks, magazines, publications, and corporate advertising adopted to use her Noh masks.