A Purple Cord
This purple cord was at the bottom of a curtain which was placed in front of the side door to the Minami-za Kabuki Theatre in Kyoto. The Minami-za Kabuki Theatre was originally founded in 1610, the current building dates from 1929, but it was built in the traditional style and is registered as a Japanese Tangible Cultural Property.
Kabuki is the most popular traditional Japanese Theatre form, but one which has a rather checkered past. These days the official Kabuki troupes are all male groups, with male actors performing both male and female roles, however originally Kabuki troupes were all female. Kabuki actors wear elaborate costumes and a white makeup base often with coloured lines painted on it to emphasise the emotions or represent non-human characters. Kabuki theatres also have stages with trapdoors (to allow quick entrance of actors or props) and sections of the stage which revolve.
The Minami-za Kabuki Theatre is in Gion, Kyoto on the corner of Kawabata Dori and Shijo Dori, pretty much right on top of the Keihan Railway's Gion-Shijo station. The Hankyu Railway's Kawaramachi station is only about 4 minutes walk further to the west. The only times in the year that you can watch Kabuki at Minami-za are during two 3 week periods: one in Spring and one in Autumn. At other times of the year there are different kinds of plays or sometimes the theatre is converted into a temporary Kabuki Museum.
This photo was captured with a Nikon D700 and an AF 50f/1.8 lens. No post processing has been done on this image.