Japanese Culture Experience
What a lovely day today!!
Sakura is in full bloom and weather is perfect. Today is the best day to enjoy and feel that spring is completely here.
And today is the last day of opening Kyoto Imperial Palace to public. I went to there yesterday and enjoyed a wonderful sakura in the royal garden.When you visit this kind of place, means some shrine or some elegant shintoistic building, you might realize a gorgeous sakura tree on the front-left of the building. This sakura tree is called “Sakon-no-sakura (左近の桜）”, means “the sakura located on the left.” On the right side, you usually see one tangerine tree called “Ukon-no-tachibana”. At the palace, this tangerine tree is still covered and protected from a winter frost.
When I went out the palace, I went to see the dance performance at Kawamura-noh stage in which my friend participated. This performance is called “Osarai-kai” organized by a famous Nihon-buyo performer and professor, Nishikawa Senrei. She has been having the class for the foreign students to introduce a traditional Japanese buyo. The students looked very keen and were worthy applaud.
Here is one more opportunity for learning a Japanese performance which I’d like to introduce.
TTT -Traditional Theater Training- also has been continuing a unique program for the foreign people to learn not only the Japanese buyo but also Noh performance and kyogen. The program is composed of three weeks workshop and a recital at a traditional noh stage. The workshop will be started at Kyoto Art Center (http://www.kac.or.jp/ttt/) on July 22nd. You can download the application form from the kac website. (by June 30th)
If you are interested in it, don’t miss it!