|SJG - moonviewing 2010; Roji|
Every August in SJG the guests gather in the orchard and wait for the moon to raise over the valley in which the Garden is located, above the moonviewing platform. Music, poetry reading and writing, tea ceremony and quietly enjoying the beauty of the harvest moon are part of the tradition, just as they have been part of traditional moonviewing in Japan for centuries.
This year Marcia Takamura and Chigusa Kitai on koto and shakuhachi filled the air with beautiful music before dusk, while the Kogut Butoh troupe were indeed mingling with guests as coy geisha and rogue samurai. I had trouble to find them at first and asked two passing young women in yukatas: 'are you the coy geishas?' and they gave me a 'look'; nope, they were simply guests in summer kimonos.... The rogue and the coy pair looked much more theatrical, of course, I saw them later.
|SJG - Kogut Butoh Dancers; moonviewing 2010|
|SJG - Kobe Lantern|
I just looked out of the window: Hey, Mr. Moon - sitting up there in the full glory and with a beautiful white glow - didn't you get a memo from Mary to show up Saturday, like the rest of us?