Recently, I danced wearing the costume I bought in Tokyo. How do I look? At first, I hesitated to buy such a showy dress because I’m not good at flamenco yet. But I changed my mind. I should start from the style. This dress seems to be for a ballroom dance, but whatever is OK. A woman in the mirror is my teacher.
A series of articles about Kumafes, the festival of Japanese pop culture, will start from the next. Please look forward to it!
I wrote about the dormitory on the last posting. Also I visited several places in Tokyo. One of them was Shinjuku Suehirotei. Entertainment shows, mainly Rakugo, are performed in this theater everyday. Rakugo started over 300 years ago. It is funny stories recited by professional story tellers, mainly in the form of one-person. Rakugo performers play the characters, so the audience can visualize the people in the scene dialogs. A Rakugo master, the central performer, is called a shin’uchi and is the last to perform This day’s shin’uchi was Sanyutei Enjo 三遊亭圓丈 The Japanese characters on the wall are the day’s performers’ names.
The next picture is Yasukuni Shrine. It was my first visit. Yasukuni is the special shrine. 2.1 million war dead from the Pacific War are enshrined there. Asian countries oppose visits to the shrine by Japanese leaders because Class-A Japanese war criminals are also enshrined there. I sometimes see it on the news.
On the way home, I boarded the Boeing 787. This aircraft is also called the Dreamliner. It uses Toray Industries’carbon fiber composite materials in its body and wings to reduce weight. It is said that it uses 20 percent less fuel per passenger than a conventional commercial airplane of the same size. It was fantastic that the lighting inside cabin was rainbow colors by LED.