TOKYO—The third and last performance in Tokyo of the Divine Performing Arts Chinese Spectacular was held on Friday evening in Bunkyo Civic Hall, located near the famous Tokyo Dome. The performance impressed and surprised members of the audience.
Chris Fox, an English teacher, attended the show with Kanako Ikeda. They both thought the performance was great. Chris especially liked the "peeka peeka" costumes—meaning glittery and shiny, in Japanese. "You had some extra lights, which I saw. Because I had a side seat, I could see the extra lights to make sure that they really sparked, and they sparkled. Wow!"
One of the dances that he enjoyed the most was "Nymphs of the Sea." When asked what he liked about it, he replied: "The water … that was really beautiful. It expressed the softness so well."
Kanako liked the "Mongolian Bowl Dance." "I love it—it's so cute," she exclaimed. "And the combination of the costume and dance—it's great." She described the show overall as "amazing, spectacular, and pretty."
"I have to agree," add Chris. "Spectacular is the right word. Feminine and masculine—the two yin and yang opposites—that was really well expressed.
Chris also mentioned that a lot of things in Japan are borrowed from China, but he was surprised to see elements of the show that he didn't realize were part of Chinese culture.
"It seemed to be a small window into a culture of what is China, which I realized I guess I don't know very well at all, do I," explained Chris. "Really, that's how I felt watching it. It's like: Oh, this all seems very, very new. It seems that I don't know anything about China. So it was surprising, watching it."
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