The weekdays from Monday the 4th to Friday the 8th nothing special happened. In the mornings I had Japanese lessons and the afternoons I spent in the Condo. There I continued to learn Japanese and watched the first season of the anime series Code Geass.
On Saturday the 9th I went to Asakusa. Another district of Tokyo. In addition to the Sensō-ji and Asakusa Shrine I also attended the Edo Yoshiwara Oiran-dochu Procession. This is part of the longer-term and annual Kannon ura Ichiyo-zakura Matsuri festival. The procession began at 10:30 and ended at 16:00. During this time, various performances by schools and clubs from around the area are shown on a stage. The final performance is a spectacle with geishas.
Some of the performances I have captured on video:
- Part 1: Start and schoolband performance
- Part 2: Dancing and Singing from Schoolgirls
- Part 3: Fox Dance
- Part 4: Samurai exhibition fight
- Part 5: Geisha presentation
Especially the sword fights have fascinated me. I think I have to visit a dojo for some trial training sessions ;-). The Geisha performance at the end consisted of two parts. The second part was not recorded because unfortnately I drained all the battery.
I could not find out what this Geisha presentation was about. Unfortunately, my Japanese is not good enough to understand what was said there.
Another cool thing was that I met another German during the festival. I could talk with him about the event and Japan in general. He later made me some suggestions of places where I also could go for sightseeing.
After the presentation was over, I strolled around Asakusa a little longer, ate something and then I went back to the condo.
Now the last week of my Japanese course begins and I already have to think about what happens next. Should I continue to travel or should I find a job and work for a few months? I think both have their charm. The next few days I will decide.