Sunday, October 16, 2005

Nishida Kitaro and Lion Dance Festival

Ando Tadao's Nishida Kitaro Museum of Philosophy in Unoke. Wasn't much of a museum but a beautiful building.

then off to festival dinner at my supervisor's house. This is his tatami room, very traditional, but on the other side of the room was his computer and stereo. Funny juxtiposition because throughout the whole meal the beach boys, the beatles and Simon and Garfunkle played in the background.

sushi plate, watch out for the uni, the brown looking stuff on top of the cucumber, that's an unmentionable part of a sea urchin, beware.

Last night's festival was the lion dance, or Sishi mai or something like that, but a group of about 20 of my students from school performed a traditional dance with this lion head, the dance was full of samurais with wigs etc, they would go from house to house in Taiseidai(my neigborhood)to do the dance and collect money as an offering. Crazy stuff this japan place is.


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