Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Big in Japan

After a whirlwind weekend, I'm back from Kobe.  And, I've hit the ground running.

Just thought I'd take a few moments to look back and reflect on the dance festival before the memories become less vivid.  The weather in Kobe was beautifully crisp.  I love fall, but in Hong Kong it never quite feels brisk.  In Kobe, there was a nip in the air that felt refreshing.  Everyone was excited about the fall colors on the Japanese maple trees. And crunching through leaves on the sidewalk.  It made me nostalgic for Madison.

Some of the school's youngest members made a lovely welcome sign for all the dancers.

I loved their encouraging messages.

I was able to get out of the school in the evenings to experience some of Kobe.  We wandered into Sanomiya for dinner and I discovered a yummy Japanese treat consisting of a waffle in the shape of a fish, filled with red bean paste.

We ate really good sushi and a warm bowl of ramen, too.

On Friday evening, the dancers and directors were treated to a play.  

The second half of the show involved some very entertaining dances by the actors, who donned traditional women's kimonos, wigs and make up.

The dances were interesting, to say the least.  And the costumes were fabulous.

I especially enjoyed the company of these two women, Ann and Sandy, and the shenanigans we got up to in our dance workshops.  

But mostly, the festival was for the kids.  And, they danced beautifully in the showcase while having fun, too.

By the way, I'm dating myself when I ask this, but do any of you guys remember that 80's song Big in Japan by Alphaville?  (Don't worry, I had to look up the artist.  It was the era of one hit wonders after all).

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