Yoko took me to a most interesting Shinto theatrical dance performance called Kagura. It began as religious art performed by shrine maidens but has branched out over the last thousand years into a folk art.
I got the impression that the performance we saw was acting out folk tales. You didn't need any Japanese language to see a tale of good winning out over evil. We saw three plays actually. There was a lot of loud music from flute and drums as well as high energy dancing. I found the performance both exciting and highly entertaining. The performance was in a hall in the southern part of the city near the harbor.
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