Aya no Tsuzumi (The Damask Drum) is a Japanese Noh play by an unknown author which depicts the evil consequences of unrequited desire.
The gardener (maeshite
) at the Palace of Chikuzen
has fallen in love with the Imperial Consort (tsure
). She sends a message to the gardener that she will meet him at the pond if he beats the drum which she has placed in a tree in the garden. He tries but the drum has been made with damask (aya
) and so cannot sound. Realising that he has been made a fool of, the gardener drowns himself in the pond and returns as an evil ghost (nochijite
) who torments the princess.