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[MOVIE] Traditional Comedy in Japan - Kyogen

Shibuya Noh

I wasn’t much of a musical or drama fan while living in the States, but ever since coming to Japan, I can’t seem to get enough of Japanese performances and theater. <@Kabuki|a=article:a0000299?sc_lid=lj_article_textlink@>, which is frequently painted on <@Japanese souvenirs|a=article:a0000743?sc_lid=lj_article_textlink@> and known around the world, is one of the most popular Japanese theatrical performances. However, I did not know until recently that many kinds of plays have been present for hundreds of years in Japan. One of them is Kyogen (a type of Noh comedic performance). It has a history of over 600 years within Japanese tradition and even registered as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. Fortunately, I was given the chance to see a Kyogen play at the Cerulean Tower Noh Theater in Shibuya. Cast: Manzo Nomura, Thane Camus, etc.

Ueno's Panda Sweets: Five Unique and Delicious Souvenirs of Tokyo's Favorite Zoo Inhabitants

Ueno Other Shopping

When it comes to sightseeing in Ueno, the Ueno Zoo and its famous, adorable pandas are at the top of the must-see list for many a tourist! While nothing comes close to seeing the pandas in the Ueno Zoo, you can take home smaller, sweeter versions of the adorable bears with the many panda snacks and sweets available all around the area! Let's take a look at Tokyo's favorites.

Five Chopstick Etiquette Tips to Know in Japan

Chopsticks are, inarguably, the single most important eating utensils in Japan. The Japanese use them to eat everything from rice and meat, to noodles, salad, and so much more! Japan is famous for their complex code of etiquette, and this includes mealtime. In particular, there are certain do’s and don’ts regarding chopsticks. Let’s take a look at five of the most important chopstick etiquette!

Tokyo's Top Three Natural Hot Springs: Soak your Body!

Shinjuku Onsen & Sento

In Tokyo's vast suburbs, there's a suprisingly large amount of natural hot springs to be found, many with disctinctive characteristics concerning the minerals in the water. Often, these hot springs feature various spa facilities, such as stone saunas, making them the perfect place to spend an entire spa day at. Whether you go alone to treat yourself, or bring friends and family, these hot springs are sure to relax body and mind.

The Jindaiji Temple Daruma Fair

Anyone looking for spring activities related to traditional Japanese culture would do well to head to The Jindaiji Temple Daruma Fair in Chofu. This fair is the place to go to buy one of the iconic and auspicious red daruma dolls that are so prevalent in Japanese culture. But what is the story behind these dolls? Read on to learn more about Daruma and where you can find them in Tokyo!

Stringraphy at Studio EVE: A Striking and Unique Musical Experience

Shibuya Other Contemporary Arts

Have you ever imagined being right inside a musical instrument, surrounded by song? I visited Studio EVE in Tokyo’s Daitabashi neighborhood and was able to experience this very feeling by attending a Stringraphy workshop. A beautiful melting of music, art, and movement, Stringraphy is an original concept that while born in Japan, has already made waves across the globe in its 25 years of existence. During the workshop, I had the chance to meet the members of the world-renowned Stringraphy Ensemble, enjoy a performance, and even try my hand at making my own string music.

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