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Tuesday, 7th April 2009
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Open-air theatre at the Heian Jingu Shrine

Visitors to the Heian Jingu Shrine in June will be able to enjoy an open-air theatrical spectacle.

Actors dressed in traditional costumes and masks will perform Noh (Japanese theatre) while bathed in torchlight at the Kyoto holy place, reports Whatsonwhen.

Spectators will be invited to watch the show - which is complex, but promises to be visually stunning.

It is believed the Noh art began in the Muromachi period of Sarugaku, when war lords and shoguns sought to preserve it because of its simplicity.

The genre is largely confined to cities such as Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo, though it also takes place in countryside venues.

Performances usually consist of up to two performers on a small stage with almost no decor.

Those visiting the city of Sendai later this month may also be able to catch the Sendai Aoba Festival, featuring the customary Sparrow dance performers and processions of brightly costumed locals.

Written by Susan Ballion

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