The noh masks of Hideta Kitazawa

Hideta Kitazawa

Mask Maker Kitazawa has been making masks for both classical and contemporary noh for more than two decades.  He has had a special relationship with Richard Emmert and Theatre Nohgaku for much of this period, and also for the last 10 years with Jannette Cheong since carving the four masks for the English-language noh Pagoda and the ‘Peter’ mask for Opposites-InVerse as part of the Noh time like the present… a tribute to Akira Matsui programme.

Mask maker and Shinto Temple carver, Hideta Kitazawa, chose to follow in his father’s footsteps and became a second generation woodcarving artist. In 1991, after graduating from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology with a major in Forestry Studies, he went on to begin intensive woodcarving studies with his father Ikkyou Kitazawa. Since then, he has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the ‘Outstanding Young Artisan Award’ for Tokyo in 1997, and the Yokohama, Noh Drama Theatre Director's Prize in 2003.

As a result of his work with Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford and the Oriental Museum in Durham Kitazawa's masks are now in both permanent collections. 

The Mask Making Process

Follow Kitazawa-san's explanation of the mask making process in this slideshow: 

Exhibitions and Demonstrations

Hideta Kitazawa's recent exhibitions and demonstrations include:


  • Sainsbury Institute for Japan Arts & Cultures

  • Oxford University, Pitt Rivers Museum

  • Durham University, Oriental Museum

  • East 15 Acting School, University of Essex

  • Japan Foundation London (Foyles Bookshop)

  • Dublin City University


  • Wenzhou Special Education School, China


  • Stanford University

  • Beijing University

  • International Arts Carnival, Hong Kong

  • International Conference, Bangalore


  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  • Oxford University, Pitt Rivers Museum

  • Maison de la Culture du Japon, Paris

  • Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas


Asian Civilization Museum, Singapore