From Nov.16th to 27th@Florence, Italy. It is our 3rd time to
perform in Florence within a year. It
was also our 4th overseas tour in 2010. While we were there it rained almost every day.
Local people said raining so much in November is very rare.
During Japan Festival (from Nov. 19th - 21st ), it rained so much, more worse all public transportation system was on
strike. However there are so many people came to the festival.
Because this was our 3rd time to perform in Florence, so we are getting
to know by everybody.
After the First day of Japan Festival, one photographer came and said gFrom
eyes of each one of you, I could tell and feel joy and you want to convey
3 year old boy, his mother told us gWe came
to see the show last year and he was desperate to see the show this year. So we walk here to see Manjushaka, even though
rain and no public transportation. h We were so moved.
After we came back to Japan, we received e-mail
saying gI love Japan, but too far to visit. But because of Manjushaka I could
feel Japan so close to me.h
This year not only Festival, we performed
theater, prison, nursing home, and for the first time in Florence at the
At prison, we could hear eThank you!f and eGreat!f
in Japanese while we perform.
Towards the end of the show one of prisoner came up and asked to read his
eI found something great. This great thing will live with my life.f
At elementary school, before we perform we
were told not to put anything at hallway because children might get hurt, and please
do not take pictures because we need to protect childrenfs privacy. Worse parents came to see them off until they
get 6th grade, because to protect children from any kind of
Teachers told children not to be loud and
not to crap their hands.
Looking through this school system, I felt I have a glimpse of Italian
Once the show starts children are same all over the world! Big eyes and
big cheers! Childrenfs genuine expression! Being moved is big persuasionc
We could not understand Italian, but we could
feel our heart reached to the children.
After the show, children came to us and eAmore!
Children gave us energy and power to our heart.
It have been 45years since Florence and
Kyoto became sister city, we would like to help to be a dewdrop between
Florence and Japan.
From this performance we would like to show deep appreciation to the miracle
to meet many people.
Again we would like to remind our fresh intention,
and once again we would like to become Manjushaka to bloom in everybodyfs