Traditional “Noh” Performance at Kyoto Station — September 5th
A type of traditional performance called Noh will be performed by the Kanze group at Kyoto Station. This is a rare opportunity to get a peek at the prestigious and mysterious Noh, whose main actors wear masks, for FREE. This time it will employ a style called “Takiginoh”, where the performance will be lit by torch lights. It will start at 18:30 at Kyoto Station. The special stage will be set up at a space on a landing space on the long stairs.
Seiryukai at Kiyomizudera Temple — September 14th/15th
Kyoto has a deep relationship with the Four Gods theory, where the landscape represents four Gods (north – hill (Turtle God), west – water (Dragon God), south – hollow (Phoenix God), and east – wide road (White Tiger)). The area near Kiyomizudera Temple is supposed to fall under the Dragon, which has resulted in the commencement of Seiryukai (Blue Dragon) Parade from 2000. This parade starts at 14:00 on September 14th and 15th.
Okazaki Harebutai — September 19th/20th
Okazaki Harebutai is an annual festive event that consists of performances, food stands, projection mapping and anime/manga festival (read below for details). Since this event has two different phases 1. performances during the day and 2. projection mapping at night, it is a good idea to visit this area at both times. In that case, visit sightseeing spots including Chion-in Temple, Shorenin Temple and Heian Jingu Shrine (in this particular order) during the day. Okazaki Harebutai will be held on September 19th and 20th (11:00 – 21:00).
The projection mapping called “Okazaki Tokiakari” is held at Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art from 18:00 – 21:00.
Kyoto International Anime Manga Fair — September 27th
As a part of Okazaki Harebutai, Kyoto International Anime Manga Fair is held at a building called Miyakomesse. This is the biggest Japanese pop culture event in Kyoto, and for those who love Japanese manga and anime, this event is something that should be prioritized. The good news is that the foreign tourists with passports can enter into the building for FREE (Japanese adults need to pay 1200 yen). There will be an Exhibition Stage, an Open Stage Zone (Event Stage), Character Food Zone, Stage Show Zone (Audience is selected in advance from among applicants) and Sales Zone.
Kyoto International Anime Manga Fair are two-day event on September 14th and 15th. Note that it opens from 9:00 – 17:00 on 14th and from 9:00 – 16:00 on 15th.