We were invited to an exciting #musical show in a venue near Kansai International Airport with 360° screens and sound. The #performance was by former #stars of the #Takarazuka Revue (宝塚歌劇団), a renowned #theater troupe where #women play all the roles in #musicals adapted from Western and Japanese #mythology, #folktales, movies, novels, and young women's comics.
1st photo: With family friends and staff who look a bit like anime or manga characters. My wife is second from the right.
2nd photo: The star came out from the stage and tapped me on the shoulder as she danced by.
3rd photo: Light show and #choreography.
Deeper and deeper into #Japanese #culture and people, I went into the #Kyoto Imperial Palace for a special performance of #Gagaku (雅楽), imperial court #music and #dances of #Asian mainland origin that have been performed there since the Heian Period over a thousand years ago. An acquaintance who is a Shintō priestess (see photo) from Nara played two types of traditional flutes that sustain an eerie or higher-worldly atmosphere. The relatively slow and deliberate movements of the mostly male dancers in many-layered gorgeous contumes stand in contrast with the frenetic tempo of modern #entertainment. We experience #time as the pace of transformation, and that brief time transfixed with the Gagaku performance was but an interlude from an ancient era in a workday preparing for university classes and a keynote address. Photos will have to suffice to evoke the special atmosphere.
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