Every country has its own culture and tradition based on their history and struggles that they had. Through performances, music and plays they can show the world how they originated and what their history and culture is. I had a chance to watch performances originated from Japan to be performed UP students and alumni. The two Japanese performances presented were Noh and Bonkuri. Bonkuri is the Japanese puppetry performance while Noh is one of the oldest form of theatre of Japan. The actors portrayed their characters by restrain movements and controlled emotions. Like in Sisa; Ang Noh sa Laguna, Sisa’s character is different from Rizal’s writing, where she is described as a crazy mother who lost her two sons. Sisa in the Noh play just wants to find her sons and in the end, they found them. Japanese performances also have chants and are accompanied by musical instruments.

Like in Japanese performances, Southeast Asia’s theatre and performance are inseparable by their music and dance. It has a deep connection to rituals and its tradition. It is also played with musical instruments like Japan’s. But unlike Japan, Southeast Asian performances and music are livelier and more entertaining. Their movements and actions are exaggerated and emotions of the characters portrayed are visually seen by the audience. Their music are mostly repetitive and with patterns.

Though Japan and Southeast Asia have differences regarding the way their movements and character’s emotions are portrayed, they have the same goal which is to make everyone see how rich their culture and tradition is, and to preserve their history through performances. By music and dances, we can see what artistic legacy each country has, and the love of people to their own country.

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