Kanji Shimizu is a Noh master from the Tessen-Kai Noh Theatre Association, practising the kanze style of Noh theatre. Not only does he perform classical repertory, he also works on the creation of contemporary Noh plays. He often collaborates with artists in contemporary theatre, dance, music and foreign traditional performing arts such as kunqu in China. He is also a lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts. In 2014, Shimizu was recognised as a living national treasure when he was awarded the status of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage of Japan.