Category Archives: Seasonal Reflections

Sleeping Beauty

Beneath drifts of snow The future lies in hiding, But in the branches The wind stirs.  Might it whisper Some secret of spring? That spring and even the autumn harvest lie in potential under winter snow is a theme in … Continue reading

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Flowers in December: The Treasure of the Himawari Shrine

The winter holidays are nearly upon us, and for the fourth year in a row, Mr. YooWho is packing his weathered valise for a trip to somewhere bright and warm.  This year he and his perennial sunflower companion will find … Continue reading

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Oshirabe

A Noh performance does not officially begin at the moment when the first performers—the musicians, or hayashikata–appear on the stage.  Nor does it begin when the first actor, known as the waki, comes down the bridgeway and introduces himself to … Continue reading

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When every road led onward

When we are young, the whole adventure of life is ahead.  At the dawn of creation, all history awaits.  Later, on both a personal and a collective level, existential fatigue takes hold.  Options seem foreclosed, or circumstances befuddle us into … Continue reading

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Yugen Renaissance

It is satisfying to reflect that, of the four main stage productions making up the 2010-11 Theatre of Yugen season, two are adaptations of Renaissance drama.  Because this season has felt, in many ways, like a Renaissance of the Theatre … Continue reading

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