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24 February 2007 @ 23:13
The Noh Theatre was located in a really upscale part of Omotesandou, opposite Prada. When I first entered the stage area, all the lights were off and it seemed really intimate and mystical. I couldn't believe I was going to be on that stage. I can't begin to describe what I felt at looking at that stage. I want to perform again. I used to be involved in amateur dramatics back home and I really want to do that again! When I described my feelings to some of the other women there -- including, yes, the word "mystical" -- everyone nodded solemnly and agreed.

We watched the first rehearsal, which was the performance of a father and son team. They looked pretty good! There were a lot of other performances before we got on stage. The first one I'm doing is called 'Suehirogari' and I'm the only foreign singer in it (everyone else is on shamisen). I'm also in two other sung pieces and three shinobue pieces.

(I want to be in a band (again)! But everyone I know is definitely a singer. I suppose I might be able to manage to learn bass guitar after shamisen training, but Britpop has taught me that the role of the bass player is to be the cute drunk. And while I can manage 'drunk', it'll be a long time before I can manage 'cute'.)

We went drinking afterwards in a random place on Takeshita Doori in Harajuku. The drinks were so cheap, although not particularly nice. I had umeshu rock (my usual!) and it was not nearly as good as it is normally. One of my friends got a cassis grapefruit cocktail and they brought out the cassis in a glass followed by two grapefruit halves and a juicer. That did look good!

It was really fun just talking about things that weren't work. I remember slightly raised voices on the topic of Princess Masako, although things were fairly pleasant on the matter of the American presidential election in 2008. Who'd have thought I'd miss debating politics? (Oh, and they told me about some Drama I'd missed. You can't have a concert like this without it!)

According to the previous poll, almost everyone -- regardless of country -- has experienced candy cigarettes. That says something interesting about the world, but I'm not sure that it's good.

The question was partially prompted by the realisation that no one in my school knew anything about pink foam sugar shrimps that we used to get as kids. I think they cost about a penny each and elderly relatives used to hand them out to us.

The other reason was that I've started to miss Cadbury's Creme Eggs. I even went to Sony Plaza in Ginza after work yesterday in an effort to find them. Despite what I'd been told about the glories of Sony Plaza, there was nothing particularly special there. I might as well have looked in my local international supermarket. The search is still on.
strawberryjoy on 24th February 2007 15:57 (UTC)
Give me your address and I'll send you a box! Creme eggs care package...
Williamgenkischuldich on 25th February 2007 12:46 (UTC)
Ooh... very tempted to do so! Anything you want from over here?
strawberryjoy on 26th February 2007 08:42 (UTC)
Cool, I'll nip into the shops on my way home! You'll need to email me your address though (use the lj one as I rarely check in at yahoo these days).

Can't think of anything I want over there. Japan is suddenly the wrong country to shop in.
Fluffymaru: Aya_Purplefluffymaru on 24th February 2007 16:06 (UTC)

I'm not sure if we were planning on meeting up when we come over, but if we DO, I can snag some Cadbury eggs for you. I'll have to keep them in my carry-on to make sure they don't melt, and even then, it's a crapshoot (most of our chocolate was at least slightly melted when we came over last time). But they're cheap, so I can at least try.

We're heading out April 2nd, in case you didn't know/forgot.
Williamgenkischuldich on 25th February 2007 12:49 (UTC)
Luckily XS already offered. Very surprised at how many people jumped in to offer me eggs. Everyone is so nice!! ^^

Love to meet up! My days off should be Tuesday and Wednesday, but there's a 50/50 chance that might change in the next week. If nothing else, I can direct you to Otome Doori. :)
~Elle~suthrnbellechan on 24th February 2007 16:12 (UTC)
I dunno how well Cadbury Creme Eggs keep int he post... but if i can find a way to send them without melting would you like some? The closer it gets to Easter I can seriously stock u up with some lol
Williamgenkischuldich on 25th February 2007 12:50 (UTC)
I'm really surprised how many people offered! I wasn't expecting this at all! ^^ I think I will be taking XS up on her offer. :)
~Elle~suthrnbellechan on 25th February 2007 15:45 (UTC)
Cool cool!

Also side note, i still eat candy cigarettes lol whenever i see them i'm like "Oooh! Flashback!" and buy like every box i see (Cuz they're usually lik 10 cents)

I miss a lot of snacks from when I was a kid
reichsfreiherr on 24th February 2007 18:06 (UTC)
Funnily enough I don’t recall actually liking candy cigarettes all that much... which may or may not explain why I prefer the real thing.

I’d happily donate the section of the Cadbury’s World shop they probably have for Crème Eggs around this time of year to your cause, though I suspect that they probably wouldn’t like it if I did that. I can’t stand them; they’re far too sweet for me. Even if sherbet is another matter entirely.
Williamgenkischuldich on 25th February 2007 12:52 (UTC)
I was always taught to see them as something bad. My mother hated smoking and even though they were never candy cigarettes in my day, everyone knew exactly what they were meant to represent. I always borrowed them off friends. :)
reichsfreiherr on 25th February 2007 16:24 (UTC)
I remember being told that smoking was bad at some point during my childhood but seeing as I somehow managed to get into a conversation about the effects of certain substances with my father not so many years ago; he probably doesn’t have any grounds to tell me outright to stop. Though considering his talk of everything involving large steps and things like climbing down the curb to my “…and then I got hungry” I’m not entirely sure we were talking about the same thing.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on 24th February 2007 23:32 (UTC)
You can sometimes get Creme eggs in the Don Quixote stores that carry food ^__^ I saw some of the caramel ones the last time that I went to the one on Yasukuni Doori in Shinjuku about a month ago. <3

I love Sony Plaza though! It doesn't have a lot, but it has more interesting candies than the other international markets that I know of. ^^ Still looking for one with Reese's though!
Williamgenkischuldich on 25th February 2007 12:58 (UTC)
Ooh, thanks! I'm specifically looking for the ones with white and yellow icing inside, but I'll take caramel ones too!

Ehh... It doesn't really have British sweets, just American ones. I think Americans and British people miss different things. I offer up Mexican food as an example. I've never met an American here who didn't crave it. :P

Reese's...? I don't think I've heard of that.