Summer is the season Japanese go all out to celebrate their culture. Festivals are bigger, brighter and louder. Ghosts and demons come out to play too, dancing to the beat of drum and flute. The sights, sounds and colors are worth the heat.
Given the quality of the music, it was immediately clear that this festival is developing along the Aspen model, presenting classical music of the highest quality in surroundings of formidable luxury (symbolized by a Four Seasons hotel) against a backdrop of iconic mountain majesty.