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Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 25 July 2015 in Lifestyle & Culture.

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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Gemma Wiseman from Melbourne, Australia

Such bright and colourful costumes. Like the contrasting silhouettes of the audience.

25 Jul 2015 5:17am

Devi from Chennai, India

wonderful capture of this display of Folk Art..So colourful !!!

25 Jul 2015 5:19am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Very interesting and beautiful view. Costumes are stunning

25 Jul 2015 5:30am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

The silhouettes heighten the interest of the seemingly transfixed audience, beautiful moment !~

25 Jul 2015 6:52am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Belle prise

25 Jul 2015 7:20am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful ! Superb colors and interesting to look at traditional theather !

25 Jul 2015 7:41am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Superbe cette photo de scène j'aime beaucoup! Bravo à toi!

25 Jul 2015 8:34am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

Superbly framed

25 Jul 2015 8:37am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Wow, you saw wonderful traditional play there !

25 Jul 2015 8:46am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Tout est dans les postures !!! j'aime beaucoup !!!

25 Jul 2015 9:41am

Don - Slackwater from Spokane, United States

A fine picture of this interesting performance. This will provide you with a great reminder of this special event.

25 Jul 2015 2:24pm

gerard1948 from Spain

Great pictures of theater, colors are beautiful and a perfect composition with spectators in the foreground.
have a good day.

25 Jul 2015 4:00pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

It looks almost like a painting. Beautiful colors and costumes.

25 Jul 2015 5:51pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel spectacle quel dragon et forme avec ces cosutmes suerpbe.

25 Jul 2015 6:20pm

Shiva from Berwick, Canada

Steve, this is an amazing and superb picture - It must have been an interesting experience. - kInd regards and a nice weekend MN

25 Jul 2015 6:42pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

A very colorful performance on the stage highlighted by the silhouettes of the audience in the front ... Fabulous shot !!!

25 Jul 2015 10:07pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Splendid. Amazing capture of this colourful drama. Excellent. :)

26 Jul 2015 8:35am

L'angevine from Angers, France

bien les personnages en bas

26 Jul 2015 8:58am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
such beautiful frame, colors, lights & details!
A M A Z I N G !

26 Jul 2015 2:46pm

Diana from Olympia, United States


26 Jul 2015 4:11pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

I never heard of this; looks like a great spectacle!

28 Jul 2015 8:51pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is wonderful :-)

2 Aug 2015 6:28pm