No travels today, which was unfortunate since it wasn't scheduled to start raining until 11:00 PM. I had to get ready for the performance, my first since coming here. The performance was at the HUB Kyoto space. They are located in what used to be a school for training girls in the traditional arts, like flower arranging, the tea ceremony, etc. As you will see, it is a beautiful space with a stunning bamboo courtyard. I preformed a fanfare for their opening and did a cyclical performance of "Darkest Night," in one of the tea ceremony rooms. That was Seiko's idea. She saw a certain symbology of a tuba ceremony in the tea ceremony room. It made for a very intimate situation. No more than six people besides myself could fit into that room, sitting on the floor, only about a foot in front of me. It was a good thing I took a shower before I headed down there. People were happy, happy, happy; I thought it worked out fine. A NOH ensemble of three men performed before me on the main stage. I didn't see them, but they sounded very impressive.
It is raining now and thunderstorms predicted for later in the morning. Fine, maybe I'll make some progress on the parts I have to write. Jesse found one of these lamb restaurants that does the Genghis Khan dish that is supposed to be exceptional. I am going there come rain or shine - if they are open. That dish is an Hokkaido thing, but I didn't get to it there. I tried. I even made a "way mark" for one on the GPS, but when I went back to it, the place was boarded up. Probably better I didn't make it. So I'll do it here. Then, maybe I'll check out the show at the Urbanguild. That is where I am performing on the 27th. I need to see the space before the day of.
|Outside the tea room, up close.|
|Outside the tea room from afar.|
|The tuba tea ceremony.|
|Seiko and Meyou|
|Seiko and tuba player.|
|Meyou and tuba player.|