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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Kyoto Kanze Kaikan - Noh Theater

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Across the canal from the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, is the Kyoto Kanze Kaikan Noh Theater.

Noh is one of best known types of classic Japanese musical stage performance, and has has been performed since the 14th century.

Most of the characters wear white masks, and the dramas are usually based on Japanese historical plays.
It is similar to Kabuki, but perhaps not as dramatic.
For those not devotees of this art form, a wonderful way to experience it is at outdoor performances that are periodically held at temples and shrines such as Heian Jingu.
If you do go to a performance at this theater, or any of the other small venues in Kyoto, it will be long.
The plays are done in acts, interspersed with Kyogen, which is a form of comedy.
Directions

From JR/Kintetsu Kyoto Station (Kyoto-eki-mae boarding area A1); Kyoto City Bus No. 5 (toward Iwakura Soshajo). Get off at Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan-mae. From Hankyu Karasuma Station/Kawaramachi Station or Keihan Sanjo Station Kyoto City Bus No. 5 (toward Iwakura Soshajo). Get off at Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan-mae. Or a five-minute walk from the Higashiyama Station on the Tozai subway line.

Tel: 075 771 6114

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