I took my parents to Gion Corner theatre one night before dinner. There are 2 shows, one at 6pm and the other at 7pm. There is no need to book. We turned up at 6:45 and easily got a seat. The performance costs around AUD$30 each. The purpose of the show is to show you various aspects of traditional Japanese culture such as tea pouring ceremony, ikebana flower arranging, kubuki theatre, geisha dancing and another type of traditional Japanese music, the name of which I have forgotten. The tea pouring ceremony happens off to the right of the stage and is pretty anticlimatic. Dont expect much from this. They ask for 2 volunteers so if you are really keen put up your hand and at least you will get the best position to see what is a fairly mundane process in my view. A woman doing ikebana flower arranging does her stuff whilst 2 other women play a traditional Japanese string instrumental. Again, not gripping viewing. Then a small orchestra of about 5 people plays music whilst an actor in dramatic garb does some moves and sings. The music is traditional but not something the western ear is accustomed to hearing. Then one geisha performs a traditional dance. This is probably the most interesting thing.The final act is a comedy by 3 actors all in Japanese. This is probably the longest segment of the whole show which is a shame since it is all in Japanese. If you go, then make sure you read the storyline beforehand provided in the pamphlet handed out to you. That will make more sense of the performance.
In short, the whole performance took about 45 minutes so was in my view pricey for what was delivered. I felt very underwhelmed by the performance and think they should review their approach. But, if you want a mere snapshot of traditional Japanese arts, then that is what you get. But I wouldn't take visitors there again. I would probably opt for going to a geisha dinner instead. Also sit up the front if you want to take photos without getting everyone's heads in the shots.
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