Friend R insisted on paying our entrance fee of $3.00 each (Senior discount!). The music and dancing was held at an outdoor tent set up near the main entrance to the garden:
|Traditional Japanese String Instruments Called Koto|
The music was followed by three traditional Japanese dances. The first dance paid tribute to the four seasons, we were told:
|The kimono was lovely!|
|The movements were graceful and deliberate|
|The dancer was very elegant|
The next dance was very popular during the Edo period, we were told:
|This dance was a little more energetic|
|The pace was faster|
|With much measured stomping of the feet and the pole|
The third dance was meant to depict a geisha with an iris flower:
|Geisha with an Iris|
|Her kimono featured irises, too|
It was another very elegant dance. With a costume change, midway through the dance, when one of the other dancers helped her out of one sleeve of the kimono:
|We weren't told what the significance of the costume change was|
|But, it matched her fan!|
I enjoyed watching the dances. It was all very measured, the movements very deliberate and elegant, but, the dancers were very serious, throughout.
Afterwards, R and I strolled around the garden and took more pictures.
Then, we trekked back to the car and went out to lunch. We went to the Sri Lankan restaurant, which wasn't too far from the Japanese garden and, afterwards, we stopped at the Sri Lankan store, as well. I bought more frozen grated coconut, a bottle of kithul (Caryota urens) treacle, and a packet of frozen stringhoppers to try. I invited R to have a cup of tea, but, she preferred to go home, directly. I think we were both more than a little tired by then and she has to go to work in the morning. I dropped her off at her apartment and came home to have a cup of tea. I've been spending the rest of the evening, relaxing.
Today, I am grateful for:
- A lovely day spent in the company of friend R
- Lots of walking exercise!
- Being able to take in some traditional Japanese music and dance
- A nice lunch out
- A safe drive, both going and returning
Today's joyful activity was visiting the Japanese garden, again.