Kabuki Suicide and Unbelievable Pineapples: Sunday 10th July

This afternoon I visited the National Theatre of Japan for my first Kabuki experience, and what a treat it turned out to be! The show was preceded by an introduction to Kabuki, given by one of the actors (thankfully a translation was also provided), which was incredibly informative, and set the scene wonderfully for the actual performance: an extract from the epic ‘Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees’. The costumes were exquisite, the sets beautifully designed, and the acting majestic. Stylistically the whole thing was simply breath taking; furthermore I managed to limit myself to only the one inappropriate laugh, at the decision of one of the protagonists to commit suicide because ‘she was filled with relief’. I wouldn’t be surprised if such a dilemma presented itself in a future chapter of our textbook.

The Magnificent National Theatre.

In the evening a group of us went to an Izakaya in Shimo Kitazawa, and all had a wonderful time. However, as well as eating far too much for a Sunday evening, I also had my mind blown wide open: apparently pineapples don’t grow on trees, but have to be pulled up from the ground! I thought that I was being had on, but having checked I can confirm that thus is indeed true! What else comes from the ground I wonder: apples, coconuts, conjugated transitive verbs?


About truehamlet

Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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