Nighttime sightseeing in Kyoto is catching on with foreign tourists, as locals are working to satisfy visitors’ wish to enjoy traditional culture even after evening comes.
At 6 p.m. one weekday in August, an enthusiastic audience nearly filled Gion Corner, a theater of some 200 seats at the center of the Gion traditional entertainment district in the western Japan city.Occupying most of the seats, foreigners applauded vigorously every time a performance concluded. They also enjoyed photo opportunities, pointing their cameras and smartphones at the stage.

At the theater, seven traditional performing arts, including the “kyo-mai” dancing, “gagaku” court music and “kyogen” comic plays, are presented one after another in a program lasting about an hour.

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