Spent a chunk of yesterday with Youtube and Noh choruses (Noh has to be heard live to sound resonant) and then randomly googled Bugaku and watched another bunch of out-of-focus weird figures dancing to weird music. Random incongruous shot of Tokyo wires and apartments behind the Bugaku dancers reduced me to nostalgic tears.
And I thought, suppose dragons looked like Bugaku dancers, and dressed like them too? No more familiar domesticity. Something quite primeval and strange. (Couldn't find any with the birdy masks, alas, but this is better quality than most.)