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A haven of classical music, the Kyoto Concert Hall was created as a part of the project started in the year 1995. This concert hall is a grand physical building, dedicated entirely to music as the decor of the place would make it apparent. The building houses several concert halls within it, done in different architectural patterns, ranging from the classic shoe box style to the modern day structure. However, the special feature that makes each of this hall special is that every one of this single hall is designed to highlight the sound of a single instrument. If you are in Kyoto and love music, attending a concert at one of these halls brings in sheer pleasure. To know more about them, check the website.
The Kyoto Takagi-Noh, or Noh by Firelight, is a festival that is not to be missed. Some of the leading exponents of the traditional performing arts known as Noh and Kyogen stage stunning performances by firelight in the magnificent surroundings of the Heian Shrine. Against a background of the vermillion buildings of the shrine, the flickering torches and special lighting create an atmosphere you are not likely to forget. Each evening also features a torchlight procession by children dressed in traditional kimonos. Make sure that you get there early enough to get a good seat.
This massive four-story entertainment emporium is operated by local taxi company MK. The second floor has a multi-lane bowling alley while on the fourth floor there is indoor soccer, table tennis, pool, plus an incredible and noisy selection of the latest electronic, interactive video arcade games. So if you want to ski, drive, shoot, ride, dance and drum through the medium of a machine, this place is for you. Open throughout the year.
A famous, albeit small, friendly nightclub, Metro located in Marutamachi railway station on the Keihan Line attracts young, happy crowd. The music may be live or provided by DJs. The type of music depends on the night, but live acts have included man-of-the-people Linton Kwesi Johnson, Japan's Fantastic Plastic Machine, and Pizzicato Five. There's techno, drum and bass, trance, latin, jazz, pop, dub, roots reggae, hip hop and much more. Regular nights include Cool to Kool with contributions from Kyoto Jazz Massive; the wild Diamonds are Forever drag queen event, associated with the famous Dumb Type theater group; and Latino Connection. There may be two club nights on the same evening with separate charges, perhaps with a local band.
For those seeking a taste of Kyoto on stage, the Gion Kaikan is a dance and theater venue in the heart of Kyoto's traditional entertainment district, which hosts a variety of performances. From October 1-10 it presents the Onshukai geisha dances and from November 1-10 the Gion Odori or Gion dances. Tickets are priced at JPY4,000 and JPY3,300, respectively.
Since 1872, Pontocho's Kaburenjo Theater has had the traditional Kamogawa Odori dance performed on its stage. The establishment serves green tea with their exquisite performances. Phone the theater for more info.
Anyone with an interest in Japanese culture will certainly appreciate an evening at the Gion Corner Theater. The program includes performances by geisha and maiko (apprentice geisha) and other traditional artists, and it covers bunraku (puppet shows), gagaku (courtly music), koto and shamisen music performances as well as ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement), kyogen (classic comic dramas), tea ceremony and traditional dance. All in all, you will experience virtually the full gamut of Japanese traditional performing arts. It is a spectacular experience that you will remember for a long time.
Built in 1615, and boasting nearly 400 years of history, the Minamiza is Kabuki at its finest. Though plays are continually running throughout the year, the Minamiza takes particular pride in its December Kaomize performances. Japan's most famous thespians "show their faces" before their admiring audiences. The pace of the drama may be a bit slow for some tastes. Try to catch a "dance" segment if you prefer more action than pageantry on stage.
Located on Nishinotoin Dori in Kyoto, Live House Nano is an intimate venue that is popular for hosting concerts of well-known bands and DJ artists from across the world. The space is ideal for hosting concerts as it has great acoustics and is equipped with state-of-the-art light technology. The music played here mostly revolve around rock music with occasional jazz performances also scheduled from time to time. The annual music festival known as Nanoborofesta is held at Live House Nano and attracts people in large numbers. The in-house Morgan bar has a decent stock of beverages.
Japan has a wide amalgamation of regional music and the Kyoto Art Center is dedicated to promoting these art forms and research related to it. This center is essentially a multi-purpose venue offering several halls and meetings rooms all dedicated to betterment of art by conducting events, conferences and concerts in them. The art center has a multi purpose hall, a meeting room, several studios for research work and creation of music and two display galleries. Besides there are some refreshments centers to energize the weary heads who work here. The library of the center has some interesting books on arts and culture apart from other selection. If you want to know more about the schedule of the events in the place, call them or check the website.
The Gojo Dori street stretches across the eastern Kyoto neighborhood of Shimogyo-ku. A typical bustling city street, one can reach this street via the Gojo subway station. A walk along the street will give tourists an insight into the city’s vibrant culture, especially during the Gojo-zaka Pottery festival, which is the city’s biggest annual pottery festival. Numerous vendors line the street, displaying a wide array of ceramic items for curious visitors to buy.
Studio246 is one of Kyoto's largest music studios with nine rooms for recording and practicing available for 24/7. This sleek space is everything a musician or band needs with state-of-the-art sound system, infrastructure and a professional staff. Artists can also upload their performance live here for an additional cost.