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Kumano featured in the Guardian

By Tom Yarwood
Published by: The Guardian


Beginning of article:

Noh is Japan's classical theatre, a living medieval tradition that has had many illustrious modern fans, from Yeats and Brecht to Britten and Kurosawa. It's the kind of thing one ought to know more about, and doubtless would if the words "medieval" and "tradition" did not instil ghastly foreboding. I finally overcame my resistance to it while working for Scottish Opera in Glasgow, when my curiosity about Japanese drama was piqued by a Zen-inspired piece we were producing.

Turns out Yeats and Britten knew best. I felt bashful about my former scepticism and, stirred by the poetry of the plays and their deep sense of place, decided to go to Japan to see them on stage. My favourite play, Matsukaze, conjures its setting, Suma beach, in moody autumnal images – the wind whistling above the shore, the silvery reflection of the moon in dark rock pools, the cries of cranes starting from the rushes at twilight.

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NEW Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass

NEW Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass
This is an easy way to do a loop of the Kii Peninsula.

From July 15, 2016 (Friday)
PRICE Adult 11,000 yen Children 5,500 yen (Children 6 to 11 years old)
NOTE: This pass is not available for purchase in Japan.
VALIDITY PERIOD Five consecutive days
AREA ●JR conventional lines: Nagoya-Shingu-within Osaka City (via lse Tetsudo Line or Kameyama, via Kisei Main Line/Hanwa Line) ●Nagoya-Kameyama-Nara-within Osaka City (via Kansai Main Line) Taki Toba (Sangu Line) ●Kansai International Airport-Hineno (Kansai Airport Line) ●Bus routes for accessing Kumano Kodo, Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha (Only Kumano Kotsu Bus); and Select bus routes
TRAIN TYPES ●Unlimited use of non-reserved seats on ordinary cars on all JR conventional line trains in the subject section. ●Reserved seats can be used up to four times on ordinary cars of limited express and rapid trains. ●Only non-reserved seats can be used on the limited express "Haruka' between the Kansai Inte…