So here’s the plan: I’m going to update you with my doings this past week and then will update this blog much more often so you have something new to read almost every day.
Last Saturday, we visited the old Imperial capital of Japan, Kyoto. We didn’t get to spend nearly as much time there as I would have liked. Hopefully when Dan comes to visit we’ll take our time seeing more of the sites. Kyoto, simply put, is extraordinary. Besides the beautiful temples and buildings, walking through the streets where it is said Samurai fought violent battles is wild. Pictures of Kyoto are on my website. To check them out, click here!
Sunday was another full rehearsal day. I wish we had more of these. Yes, they are tiring, but we always get a lot more done. I am able to teach the bassline on my own now that I have established the technique and the more technical stuff. They’re getting better but still nowhere close to where I want us to be come next April.
Monday was a free day for us so Sekine Sensei’s wife took us out to make pottery. Yes, pottery. I made a bowl of some sort, a bass drum, and a little lizard dog thing with my leftover clay. I hope he makes he through the baking process!
Tuesday was a day of normality. Nothing special to report
On Wednesday we picked up the newest American to join the fall Aimachi team. His name is Michael and he marched with the Bluecoats 06-07. We then headed into Nagoya city for a couple hours and then back here in time for rehearsal. There’s a funny story to go with the Nagoya city trip, but saying it now would give away other things I can’t speak of yet. Hopefully when the time passes, I’ll remember to tell you what happened.
I had a good talk with Michi (my good friend here and the tenor section leader). Having been through some great percussion programs with great instructors, I have a very good idea of what needs to be done to take a program to the next level. With that, we are going to organize and put together a thorough exercise book to work through every rehearsal day so the line can build a better foundation for their playing (something we currently lack). I am very excited about this opportunity as this is my chance to put everything I’ve learned out on the table and help make the entire program better.
Today, Thursday, was a long day! We began the morning early picking vegetables in the garden. We then took down some large scaffolding we put up a couple days ago. By now it was lunch and we were all pretty beat (I am NOT cut out for farm work). Sekine Sensei was nice enough to take us back into the city while he attended a meeting at the church in the city. On the way there, he gave me a cell phone to help keep in contact with him. I considered it flattering that of the six Americans, he put his trust in me to keep everyone together. I’ve been told he trusts me very much, is appreciative of the extra work I’m doing with the drumline, and likes my attitude in learning and understanding more about the culture and church.
Tomorrow we don’t have rehearsal but luckily I have an ever growing to-do list to keep my busy
Stay tuned for more (frequent) updates!