New Year Kyogen Performance

Traditional theater at Kitano-Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto

By Cathy Cawood    - 1 min read

On the second day of 2014 I went to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and was lucky enough to see a traditional kyogen performance. The shrine's theater had doors all around that were raised with ropes so that the stage was open on three sides. There were no props except the fans the actors carried, and the play was lit by golden winter afternoon sunlight. My Japanese friend did his best to explain the story, but to be honest I was just fascinated by the visual spectacle. I think the kyogen performance is a regular event, so visit Kitano Tenmangu during the New Year period if you get the chance!

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Cathy Cawood

Cathy Cawood @cathy.cawood

 I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.