Noh is an ancient Japanese performing art with deep traditions. Like the hot springs that have formed such a crucial part of Beppu’s culture, Noh theater as an art relates the centuries-old Japanese traditions and mythologies on the stage. It is less about the content of what is being portrayed, instead emphasizing stylistic representation of ancient Japanese culture in a mystical and at times surreal performance.
Japanese tea ceremony is performed according to strict sets of rules in carefully designed spaces. The tea ceremony was developed over a millennium ago and the aesthetics it explores inform modern Japanese concepts of beauty. Each ceremony and all the appearances, communication, flavors, and aromas are unique and transient. Guests can take tea as an opportunity to exercise all five of their senses and ponder the passing of time and changing of seasons.