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Weekly Column Kanda This and That 321


ReleaseJune 6, 2019

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I went to see a musical. The program was “Les Misérables,” which I wanted to see for a long time (at the Imperial Theater). It was amazing! I heard the cry of the soul in the singing voice of the actors and felt life force in their dancing. I hadn’t felt that kind of direct sensation for a long time. I was surprised all the time by the stage sets which continued to expand even on the small stage. I really felt that musicals are composite art. It was the first time for me to see a musical in 12 years. I didn’t have a chance to see a musical for a while after getting married because I was hesitant to so since my mother-in-law who was living with us, and after that, when I started to take care of her, I didn’t feel like going to see a musical. The time went by…. This time I finally had an opportunity to go see a musical for celebrating my husband’s birthday. Thus, I have seen all the four greatest world musicals (the others are “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Cats,” and “Miss Saigon”). I remember that around 1993 I spent a whole day to see “Miss Saigon,” starring Minako Honda (she was great), at the Imperial Theater, coming from Takasaki, my hometown, by train. This time I just rode a bike to the theater…. I may go see Miss Saigon again, which is scheduled to come back to the theater next year. This time, by bicycle.

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*The information herein is as of June 2019.

Writer:Fumiko Ogawa

The wife of a couple who run a bakery near Kanda Station, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. She writes mainly about everyday and miscellaneous matters that happen around her and also in her neighborhood. She distributes her writings as "Weekly Column Kanda This and That" to the shop's customers and they are very popular. She is from Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture.