Anthropologist Katrina Moore (University of NSW), for example, spent time with older women learning the ancient and intricate art of masked performance called Noh. She learned that for women, perfecting the difficult vocal inflections and slow movements and
subtle postures required for Noh allowed them to experience their bodies in new ways, "alive and invigorated, yet calm".
In this way, the Japanese arts bring something to the experience of aging that goes well beyond simple "activity" or even
personal creative expression, but a new way of being that embraces the sublime beauty, and even the liveliness of slowing down.