We should admit at the outset that we do not get the Japanese classical musical drama Noh.
We have been to and enjoyed both Kabuki and Bunraku, in particular the latter with its puppets.
Noh however is an acquired taste - and we have yet to acquire it.
For those that have, on the evenings of June 1 & 2, Heian Shrine will play host to outdoor performances of Takigi Noh.
Three of of the major schools of Noh - Kanze, Kongo, and Okura - will perform on a special outdoor stage lit by fire torches.
And we are indeed tempted to go: seated under summer skies watching the howling masked performers surrounded by the devoted has us curious.
Tickets are 4,000 yen.
Gates open at 4:30 pm. The plays commence at 17:30 (in the event of rain, the performances will be cancelled).
Access on public transportation: Kyoto City Bus #5, get off at Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan-mae; Telephone: 075-771-6114 (Kyoto Takigi Noh Office).
For cyclists, it is a short flat ride from downtown to Okazaki and Heian Shrine.
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