Shinko Kagaya

Professor of Japanese

Hollander Hall Rm 222


B.A. Aoyama Gakuin University
M.A. Ohio State University
Ph.D. Ohio State University, East Asian Languages and Lit

Areas of Expertise

Japanese performing arts, literatures, cultures

Performance studies

Japanese language pedagogy



JAPN 274 / COMP 274 TUT

Confronting Japan (not offered 2024/25)

Scholarship/Creative Work

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

The Evolution of the extinct world of Kadozuke (congratulatory-at-the-gate_ performances. Manuscript in progress.

“Noh and Muromachi culture.” In A History of Japanese Theatre. (Co-written with Hiroko Miura), Cambridge University Press, 2016.

“East Asia and Nohgaku: In the Process of Modernizing the State,” Journal of the Noh Research Archives 24 (2013): 50-74.

in Busan: 1905-2005.” In Barbara Geilhorn, Eike Grossmann, Miura Hiroko, and Peter Echersall, eds., Enacting Culture: Japanese Theatre in Historical Modern Contexts. Monographien Band 51, Deutsche Institut für Japanstudien, 2012.

Nôgaku during the U.S. Occupation of Japan, 1945-1952.” In Samuel Leiter, ed., Rising From the Flames: The Rebirth of Theatre in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009.

“Dancing on a moving train: between two wars.” In Stanca Scholz-Cionca, Christopher Balme eds., Nô Theatre Transversal. München, Germanay: Iudicium Verlag GmbH, 2008.

“The First Umewaka Minoru and Performances for Guests from Overseas.” NOAG 177-178 (2005): 225-236.

“Japanese Traditional and Modern Theater during the Time of Modernization: Chinese Patterns of Reception.” European Foundation for Chinese Music Research 16/17 (2005): 192-203.

within East Asia During the Time of Modernization: A Perspective Considering Political, Historical, and Cultural Contexts.” In Realms of Translation: Culture, Colonies, and Identity. Ibaragi, Japan: Tsukuba University Research Group on Cultural Criticism, 2004.

Performances in Gaichi.” Asian Theatre Journal 18.2 (2001): 257-269.

“Western Audiences and the Emergent Reorientation of Meiji .” In Stanca Scholz-Cionca and Samuel L. Leiter, eds., Japanese Theatre and the International Stage. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2000.

“The Import of Butoh: Some Implications on the Arrival of Dance-theatre from Japan” (Co-written with Thomas O’Connor). Theater InSight 21 “Theatre in Asia/Asia in Theatre”(1999): 33-40.

Selected (Adapted) Translation

Record of “Performing Arts and Subtitles/Audio-Guide: Focusing on Post-COVID19 Era.” The 4th Online Open Lecture Series, the Noh Research Archives, Musashino University, Tokyo (panelist). Journal of the Noh Research Archives 32 (2021): 98-127.

English translation of Kyogen plays, Sanbonbashira (Three Pillars), Yobikoe (Calling), and Kusabira (Mushrooms), for the Japan Cultural Expo Special Performance at the Kokyo Gaien Naitonal Garden: Presentation of Prayer, sponsored by Agency of Cultural Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, and Japan Arts Council, (co-translated with Thomas O’Connor), 2021.

Japanese language adaptation of Murasaki’s Moon (Music by Michi Wiancko, Libretto by Deborah Brevoort, Production by On Site Opera), presented in conjunction with the Met’s exhibition, The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated, in the Astor Chinese Garden Court, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2019.

“Interview with Takemoto Mikio, Directer of the Waseda University Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, on the future of traditional Japanese performing arts” (English language adaptation). In A History of Japanese Theatre, Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Kamigata geinô” by Gondô, Yoshikazu (English language adaptation). In A History of Japanese Theatre, Cambridge University Press, 2016.

“Pine Barrens” (Japanese language adaptation of the play by Greg Giovanni).  Journal of the Noh Research Archives 19 (2008): 104-128.S

“Kyôgen in the Postwar Era.” Adapted translation of Kobayashi Seki’s “Kyôgen” in Nihon koten geinô to gendai: nô kyôgen (Japanese traditional performing arts and today: and kyôgen), 144-177 (Tokyo: Iwanami shoten, 1996). Asian Theatre Journal 23 (2007).

“Blue Moon Over Memphis: A Nô Drama about Elvis Presley” (Japanese language adaptation of the play by Deborah Brevoort). Journal of the Noh Research Archives 15 (2007): 86-172.

Book/Performance Reviews

Review of China Reinterpreted: Staging the Other in Muromachi Noh Theater by Leo Shingchi Yip (Lexington Books, 2016), in Asian Theatre Journal 35-1 (2018).

Review of The Joy of Noh: Embodied Learning and Discipline in Urban Japan by Katrina L. Moore (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2014), in December 2015 issue of the American Anthropologist (2015).

Performance review on “Modern Noh: The Hawk Princess (Takahime),” Japan Society, New York, September 24-25, 2005, by request of the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, and the Japan Foundation.


Awards, Fellowships & Grants

2015 – 2020 –  Visiting Researcher, Noh Research Archives, Musashino University.  14th Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellows, Waseda University.

2002 – Umewaka Minoru Study Group (Research Group on the Writings of the first Umewaka Minoru [1828-1909])

2002-2003 – Postdoctoral Fellow, The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.  Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.

2003 – Project Team Member, “Research Project on the Close Examination of Texts.” The Restoration of the Art of Project, The 21st Century Centre of Excellence Program / Institute for Theatre Research, Waseda University.

2000 – Co-winner (1 of 3), Association of Asian Performance (AAP) Adjudicated Debut Panel competition.

1997-1998 – Visiting Researcher, Institutes of Comparative Culture, Beijing University, P.R.C.

1997 – The Hamako Ito Chaplin Memorial Award (a national award administered through the Association of Asian Studies) “in recognition of superior accomplishment as a university instructor of Japanese language.” (Association of Teachers of Japanese newsletter20 (3):4, September, 1997).

1995 – Research Associate, National Foreign Language Resource Center, The Ohio State University.


Professional Affiliations

楽劇学会 (Japan Society for Music Drama)

日本演劇学会 (Japan Society for Theatre Research)

European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS)

能楽学会 (Association of Noh and Kyogen Studies)

Association for Asian Performance (AAP)

Performance Studies International (PSi)


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