Takigi-noh (Noh play performed at night by a fire) (薪能)

Takigi-noh (Noh play performed at night by a fire) is a Noh play that is especially chosen and performed in Noh Theater or on a Noh stage with a beacon fire around which is temporarily installed outside mainly on summer nights.
It means 'Noh play for a firewood banquet.'
The origin of Takigi-noh dates back to the middle of the Heian period, and the first Takigi-noh was performed in Kofuku-ji Temple in Nara Prefecture. Nowadays, Takigi-noh is performed on the eleventh and the twelfth of May in Kofuku-ji Temple. It is called the Takigi-onoh in Kofuku-ji Temple. The headstream of Takigi-onoh is a sacred rite from Shinto rituals and Buddhist rituals; it may be regarded as Takigi-noh if a Noh play is performed by a firewood outside.

Currently, Takigi-noh is performed in shrines and temples (Heian-jingu Shrine, Zojo-ji Temple, Kanda Myojin, Ikukunitama-jinja Shrine, etc.) and gardens (Osaka-jo Castle Nishinomaru garden, the Shinjuku Imperial Gardens, etc.) in various places.

[Original Japanese]