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03 June 2006 @ 20:28
I had my first shamisen lesson on Tuesday and it was lots of fun! My teacher also showed me lots of Nou DVDs -- I'd really like to see it in the theatre rather than just NHK. Maybe we'll go sometime?

I might also be able to take part one day -- while women are generally excluded, foreigners are taboo. So once you've already broken one, might as well go for the rest. I saw this absolutely fantastic scene from Tsuchi-Gumo on DVD with a foreign woman and a Japanese women acting the traditional roles of men and acting/dancing a fight between a spider and man. The web effects were beautiful and it gave me such a thrill to see such a forbidden performance. I want to do that too!

That's why I'm so excited to be able to play the shamisen -- it's an instrument restricted by tradition, even to the Japanese. If you want to know more, you can check out an interview with Sensei.

I'm reminded how I used to be involved in amateur dramatics in Britain when I was younger. I wonder how I could start getting involved in that again here...? Particularly when I can't attend practice on a Sunday. There must be some kind of community theatre in Chiba but perhaps I want to do too much right now? I wonder. I might just be thinking aloud.

Anyway, I had my second lesson lined up on 6/6/6 and then my boss scheduled training on the same day! So I'm going to go a little later. Would anyone like to see a late show of The Omen remake afterwards, probably around Shinjuku...? It sounds kind of bad, but it could be a fun thing to do with friends, considering the date. Let's welcome the Apocalypse together! :P

So, everyone is talking about the Tenimyu casting! I dunno if it's okay to link to everyone's posts and even the comm post is locked (as usual), but it's all pretty interesting...
nekojitanekojita on 3rd June 2006 17:40 (UTC)
I'm glad that the lesson is turning out to be so much fun!
Williamgenkischuldich on 9th June 2006 02:53 (UTC)
They are!
nekojitanekojita on 9th June 2006 04:30 (UTC)
That's great. Now how the heck do I pay you for the Ward and the shipping and handling, hmmm? Paypal? International Money Order?
Williamgenkischuldich on 11th June 2006 10:24 (UTC)
Hm, I don't know. Perhaps you could send something to me instead? Decaf teabags and gravy powder would be very nice! *lol, but is actually serious*
nekojitanekojita on 11th June 2006 15:35 (UTC)
I can do that! Any decaf teabags or gravy powder in particular? Please, let me know if you want to add any other goodies to the list. It seems like a fair swap and a way to keep you in stock of things.
Williamgenkischuldich on 16th June 2006 03:11 (UTC)
Do you have Bisto brand gravy in America...? If not, any will do!

As for teabags, as long as it's decaf black tea, almost anything is fine. The Twinings decaf range is nice, but perhaps a little expensive.

Thanks! :)
(Anonymous) on 16th June 2006 04:26 (UTC)
Lipton? Tetley? I could check out the British food section and see what's there, I know they have the Heinz beans in tomato sauce the the SB loves!

Not too sure about the Bisto brand gravy. The McCormick brand is very popular here.
Williamgenkischuldich on 16th June 2006 04:28 (UTC)
Tetley is fine! Ahaha, I don't actually like baked beans. :P Strange, huh?

I've never heard of McCormick, but it sounds fine too! Thanks!
tirwolftirwolf on 6th June 2006 02:26 (UTC)
Wow! What an incredible opportunity! Please tell you Sensei that there is an American out there that thinks her drive & conviction is just wonderful. Is there a chance that you can post a bit of one of the pieces done from the concert? Or is there a site where a little may be posted to hear what this sounds like?
Williamgenkischuldich on 9th June 2006 02:54 (UTC)
I'll be sure to tell her! Hm, maybe I could rip them, but I'm not sure how I could upload a very big file. I'll look into it.