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Asian Insight

I'm Japanese and I love to travel and understand local cultures. The books I read are mostly related to uncovering the truths behind different kinds of cultural phenomena. To not be too serious, I relax with all kinds of entertaining books about traveling!
Beijing Opera performance at the Liyuan Theatre stage.
Beijing Opera performance at the Liyuan Theatre stage.

It was finally time to get our little intellectual circle together to experience something that so far we have only been reading about..  to experience Opera in Beijing we headed out to the Chinese capital.


In books, the art form is depicted as a graceful and wondrous art form. What we saw was very similar to dreamy storytelling.. but to our surprise there was much joy and laughter in the air. People came here to truly enjoy Chinese culture, in an entertaining way.


If you compare it with other deeply culture rooted art forms, such as the Spanish flamenco. It lacks the tightness of elitism that usually originates from a long history of obsession to perfect the art.


Truly wonderful.