If you’re reading this and you’re from old blighty then that means you’ve survived the storm – so well done. The images that the bbc were putting in the net were quite scary. We’ve had 28 typhoons this year so it seems like the end of the world is nigh.
Before that though here’s some snippets to read over dinner…
My colleague Yasmin teaches an art class in English, it is held in Osaka. It means that anyone can pop along and learn some English and art skills at the same time, after the class the students also show their portfolios. I tagged along and learned how to do ‘sgraffito’ as demonstrated above. It was my first life drawing class being a student and I absolutely loved it. I came out of the class feeling really proud – like when you’ve tidied up, or handed in a piece of work, or…. Eaten fruit. Anyway, it felt wholesome.
Last Tuesday I watched some of the ‘Jidai Matsuri’ which is the festival of ages, it is a parade which runs from the Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine. I wasn’t in a great spot, it was very busy, and I was taking time out of work – so I didn’t stay long. However I’d recommend it to tourists who fancy going next year. I’d say get there early and watch it either from the palace or Heian Shrine. You can see one of my snaps below, there were some very impressive traditional clothes and it was a treat to see the horses. There’s also a fire festival in the evening in Kurama which is north of Kyoto I’ve heard it is something really worth attempting to see.
Musically this past couple of weeks has been pretty varied and exciting. I went to a club night hosted by ‘Night Time High’ at a place called Metro, NTH are the people who did the art event at the skate park I wrote about last time (or the time before??). There were several very diverse dj sets and a live segment, the art continued all night along with the music. I’m enjoying learning more about Japanese hiphop and dance music. This weekend I went to Osaka for a Ska gig. We went to watch a band called ‘Los Tailors’ who were pretty good, we certainly enjoyed their music and I don’t mind admitting that the singer was pretty dishy. However, my highlight of the evening had to be the ‘Osaka Guiness Boys’ who performed folk classics such as ‘Oh Danny Boy’, ‘Loch Lomond’ and my personal fave ‘I’m forever blowing bubbles’. Our group consisted of a good Scottish/English mix so we had a good wee dance. My boss is Irish, but he wasn’t there so he doesn’t count. We bumped into a street party on our way home and eventually made it onto a train home at about 5am. It was cold.
Halloween celebrations have come and gone it here it seems. Browns English held their own party on Saturday which we all thoroughly enjoyed – there were classic games such as the ring toss, and we took the kids trick or treating on a planned trip down the local shopping mart. The shop keepers were given candy to hand the children once they’d managed to say “trick or treat, trick or treat, give us something good to eat” which is quite a mouthful. No pun intended. Ok bad joke. Yasmin and I almost successfully pulled off doing the ‘Thriller’ dance and would have got away with my missing sections of choreography if it wasn’t for Yasmin getting caught up in the spider web of the plant next to her. It was me who put that web there, so to be honest all the flaws were down to me. We still got a generous applause and we only made two children cry. Now to practice a performance for the Christmas party…..
In other news: I’ve started decorating gourds.
Until next time, love rach xoxox