This year is the 400th anniversary of diplomatic and trade relations between my two beloved adopted nations: Mexico, with which I fell in one when I was 12, and Japan, with which I fell in love when I was 19. And oh, what a love affair both have been!
On Thursday, December 5, we were fortunate to be able to attend a performance entitled
「舞書楽」— MaiShoGaku, or “dance, calligraphy and music,” written and performed by Irene Akiko Iida, choreographed by her and Arturo Tames, with music by Alejandro Méndez.
The piece is the story of the inner struggles of a Buddhist monk to achieve enlightenment, struggling with the elements of water and fire, using the discipline of calligraphy to work through and free himself from emotion. Accompanied by taiko drumming and some incredible vocalizations, it made for an evening far from the norm here in Mazatlán.
Opening act: taiko drummer
Grinding ink as meditation
The monk begins his calligraphy or Shoudo
Two scrolls, one of which was raffled at the end of the evening
Struggles with fire and water
Struggles with emotion, in this case with sadness
Kabuki’s golden lion
The cast along with Esperanza, head of our local Nikkei community, and her husband
Thanking the cast members
And with Irene
As always, thank you CULTURA Mazatlán, for helping us retain our cultural connections with the world in which we live.
- Posted by Dianne Hofner Saphiere in Culture, Customs and Traditions
- Tagged: Calligraphy, Cultural Mazatlán, Japan, Japan-Mexico relations, Maishogaku, Mazatlan, Mexico, Sinaloa, theater, Trazos de Fuego
About Dianne Hofner Saphiere
There are loads of talented people in this gorgeous world of ours. We all have a unique contribution to make, and if we collaborate, I am confident we have all the pieces we need to solve any problem we face.
I have been an intercultural organizational effectiveness consultant since 1979, working primarily with for-profit multinational corporations. I lived and worked in Japan in the late 70s through the 80s, and currently live in and work from México, where with a wonderful partner we've raised a bicultural, global-minded son. I have worked with organizations and people from over 100 nations in my career.
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