Just east of Nagasaki is the city of Kumamoto, the capital city of Kyushu. The main attraction in Kumamoto is the castle.
I arrived at the castle when it would normally be closing, but this was a summer time Friday and the castle had special evening hours, assuming I could find the correct entrance (2 of 3 were closed with no helpful English to let you know one was open)
One part of the renovated are was for live performances, I was really lucky that I showed up on a day and time when there was a live performance.
No cover and these two put on a really good show. The koto player (wooden Japanese instrument) has a website, maybe she tours. She has a myspace page too, I did not think she was on myspace as I watched the show.
I'm not sure what is going on, but I guess it's best not to mess around in Japan, especially at the intersection of Sakae St. and Ginza in Kumamoto. You can't see through the wall of police, but they are confronting one person. That's 8 or 10 police addressing one issue, must be difficult to talk your way out of this.