Archive for June, 2012

Four Seasons Theater Company

Friday, June 8th, 2012

This entry is inspired by my recent opportunity to practically partake in, rather than merely experience, the Japanese production of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s CATS. It was their 8,193rd performance in Japan, and was the latest installment of a streak that started in 1983. They have long surpassed the Broadway CATS production’s record and are still going strong. At the end of the year, they’ll be packing up their set in Yokohama and making way for the next run in Hiroshima, where they are expected to maintain their popularity and current rate of audience satisfaction.

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Onsen, Anyone?

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Relaxing in an overheated environment is a pastime that has been enjoyed by many cultures throughout the ages. Some rely on some form of water vapor and some just prefer to leave it as a liquid and submerse themselves in a flowing or still pool of heat. As technology has developed over the years, people also like to throw in some jet action to give their tense muscles some much needed attention. As you are probably aware, the Japanese have a very old culture of enjoying naturally or artificially heated water, and customs will change from place to place, but there are some basic commonalities that you should know, which will have you sufficiently prepared to successfully give the Japanese onsen experience a try.

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