In November, there is a national holiday called "Culture Day"....so this is the time of year that most of the classes at the community centers around the city all put on their yearly "please see what we have learned and then tell us how much better we are from last year" kind of performances. Chorus groups (seniors and children's group), music played on traditional Japanese instruments (shamisen and koto), dance groups ("healthy" dance--combination of low impact aerobics-yoga-stretching, hula, folk, ballroom--but is called "social dance" here), Tai Chi, and at this particular community center...yes, an English performance.
I teach two classes there and they take turns doing the festival. Last year, my students sang "Moon Over The Colorado". Ever since I came here many years ago, when people find out that I'm from Colorado, they, 9 times out of 10, will ask me if I know that song. "No....I don't.", I usually say. I asked my grandfather, who was the oldest person I knew from Colorado and he hadn't heard of it either. Obviously, a song that was on the B-Side of someone's record and only really popular in Japan. But...one that I do now know!!!
This year, my biggest class (22 students!!!) did a play that was in English and Japanese. I would describe it as a "traditional folk tale + travel information + English class".
It was hilarious.
It will be hard to beat this performance when we do this again the year after next!!
When I got home...I was tired...fixed a quick dinner...actually fell asleep in the bath
11:43 a.m.~~6 mins left in 2nd tied at 7
Now...in the category of "Best Shot of the Day"...I give you a picture that I took at the community center on Sunday. I was standing in the entrance way talking to someone and the ballroom dance group was out front getting their picture taken.
Yeah....I just had to take this one!! It just makes me giggle!!!
Ah...true life depicted in the cartoons...funny, yet~~sigh~~I'm just chuckling to myself.
Invitations are going out this week. So far....only a few already have other plans and can't come, so it looks like there might actually be a pretty good sized crowd.
(I would love to give you more details, but...since some of my students read my blog, I need to explain to them the "What is said in the blog, stays in the blog." idea. There are some things I want to be a secret.)
But...let me just say...I have found a way to include the flamingos!!!
Oh, yes, I did!!!