Friday, August 25, 2006

Outdoor movies at Kumamoto Castle

As art of the Kumamoto Castle Summer Festival—held this week—organizers showed movies on a large outdoor screen with the castle in the background.

This tradition dates back to the days of un-air-conditioned movie theaters, where it was too hot in the summer to sit through a film. (In contrast, last summer I was in a new movie theater in Kumamoto City, and it was just like a modern American theater with stadium seating. And the seating was assigned!)

The local newspaper reports more than a few moviegoers enjoying a beer bought at one of the outdoor stalls selling food and liquid refreshments. Ah, the good life.

The perfect venue for watching an old samurai movie.

—Mellow Monk

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