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Noh livestream performance at Hiroshima A-Bomb Dome set for Nov. 15

This is a screenshot taken from the trailer video of the Noh performance to be held on Nov. 15, 2021.

TOKYO -- Details on a Noh performance livestreaming on the evening of Nov. 15 at an outdoor stage assembled next to the Atomic Bomb Dome in the city of Hiroshima have been announced.

    The traditional and religious drama with dance and music will be held at ground zero, with a bonfire to light up the show to commemorate the victims of the attack.

    The Mainichi has reported on its preparation and producer, 83-year-old Masaaki Tanabe, in feature articles published in December 2020 and October 2021. Tanabe was born next door to what became the A-Bomb Dome and lost his parents and brother to the attack. During his filmmaking career, he reconstructed with computer graphics the pre-bomb cityscape of the vicinity of this former exhibition hall. The movie has been shown at the United Nations Headquarters.

    The stage show will commence at 6 p.m. (UTC +9 hours) but will have no seats for a live audience. It can be watched only on the official YouTube site (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1qsw9hCv-C2-mdfJASxdOA). It can be viewed free of charge. In case of rain, the show will be postponed for 24 hours.

    All explanations on the site and the video will be in Japanese, but Tanabe says, "I believe a worldwide audience will be able to sense that not only lives, but the culture and the history of this area was terminated by the nuclear bombing."

    A recording will be viewable on the site until the end of this year. Tanabe will merchandize a limited number of videos in digital format set with an English commentary booklet. He plans to donate them to organizations such as UNESCO, the EU, the U.N. and the White House.

    (By Yoji Hanaoka, The Mainichi staff writer)

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