As is the case across much of Asia, summers in Japan consist of long hot days and humid sticky nights. To beat the heat and stay upbeat, summer in Japan is festival season, with events sprinkled across the calendar to give people something to look forward to.
Japan is in the middle of an “I-Turn” effect where people are increasingly leaving busy cities to return to the countryside. Linked to this are opportunities for sustainable tourism in rural parts of the country, which may be driving a recent trend.
Noh is a symbolic form of theatre adapted from Japanese traditional literature with a 600 year history. Originally performed for the shogun (the military ruling class) and nobility, it has over the centuries become a more popularized form of entertainment.