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Lea Salonga Likes “Les Miz” Japan

From http://www.cameronmackintosh.com/images/sized/assets/uploads/productions/LM_Japan-1220x419.jpgLea Salonga recently wrote of her experience watching the production of Les Miserables in Tokyo, Japan, and it was full of praises. To say that she was blown away is an understatement.   Many remember Lea for her iconinc portrayal of Eponine in Broadway in 1993 and Fantine 2007 so to hear her rave about a Les Miserables performance would mean a lot to the cast.  She goes as far as to say that “it’s probably the best production of “Les Miz” that I’d seen in a very long time.”  She goes on to say that “ I don’t think I had ever seen a harder-working group of actors on a stage, committed to telling this story with every fiber of their being.”

She leaves this message to the cast and crew: You have all inspired me as a performer, fueling my own desires to keep on singing full-throated and committed to telling stories the best way I know how. There are many other companies out there in the world that could learn a thing or two from you.

Les Misrables is scheduled to be performed in Fukuoka on August 3 – 31 in Hakata-za. Link here.

Fukuoka, Japan’s shining star

I came across 2 articles today harping about the wonders of Fukuoka.  These articles talk about things us Fukuoka residents have known for a long time.  Things are looking up for our favorite place in Japan (and the world?)

The first one is from the Guardian, a British online newspaper, entitled “Why flourishing Fukuoka has something for every traveller“.  For a British article to call Fukuoka the “Liverpool of Japan” says something very good about our little town.

The next article is a bit older but relevant nonetheless. The New York Times writes about “Uncovering the Secrets of Fukuoka” and how it is the “Gourmet City” of Japan.  Now that is HUGE to be called the Gourmet City of the world’s Gourmet Country.

A lot of people have been asking me what is good to do in Fukuoka.  I often have a hard time answering because Fukuoka is less of a tourist spot than a quality of life kind of place.  Then again, if eating your heart out in top notch Japanese cuisine is a vacation for you then you have come to the right place!

Life in Japan (not as you know it)

Kimono Bow

So you have lived in Japan for years, and think you know what life in Japan means, and nothing will surprise you anymore? These photos will say otherwise. I came across this post on www.retraonaut.comthat feature stereoscopic photographs by T. Enami of 1895-1910 Japan that were posted by Okinawa Soba. 2 stereoscopic photos of the same image are interplaced to produce a 3D effect that magically brings life to the photographs, as if you just walked 100 years into the past. Take a look at these photos and immerse yourself in the Japan you never saw.

Geisha with flower and Cat


Sumo Wrestlers

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