Thursday, January 31, 2013

Noh Book - Script Of Utai

I showed some photos of a Noh play in the post on 13 August 2012. Noh is a form of musical drama performed since the 14th century. The main character wears a mask. The singing parts of Noh are called Utai. These are some pages of a book containing the chant performed on stage. This is how the “script” of a Noh play looks like. It includes drawings indicating the position of the body.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sunflower Hill Park, Ono City, Japan

Himawari no Oka Koen is a lovely park, with lots of flowers and herbs. There is a nice lake inside the park, as well. It has an alley with stones for foot massage. It spreads over a large area and it is an ideal place for an outing.

Monday, January 28, 2013

12 Zodiac Signs, Shinjuku, Tokyo













Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hittsumi Soup, Tono Restaurant, Iwate Prefecture

In the previous post, I showed some photos of the restaurant in Tono, the place where the Tono Tales were collected at the beginning of the 20th century. Here is a meal had at that restaurant. Hittsumi soup is a representative local dish of Iwate. The interesting element is that the dough is made of wheat flour – which is rare in Japan. It is handmade. In other areas of Japan, the dish is called suiton and tsumire. It is delicious.