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We met the rest of the tour members this morning. We had known David and Leith from our previous travels with SJR via Lynne and John. We had met the other John Ward on our winter trip a few years ago. Other than that, everyone else was quite new to us. There a rather weird guy that we have made a point not to get too close to, literarily and metaphorically. There will be some who will be leaving after two weeks and another 2 couples who will be joining us after ...
... hired as split girls, not because they lack the ability to do more, but because, from a business stand point, that is all the troupe needs. I've heard of more than one case of women who are able perform top level tricks being hired by Circque du Soliel to do splits because that is what was needed.
POP Circus requires our flying trapeze troupe to have a minimum of six members. Prior to my arrival two members left somewhat abruptly and people were needed ...
And so, my second city is drawing to a close. I've enjoyed Ota most for the time I've had to explore the area via bicycle. Once we got through the first 10 days, our schedule became quite easy, with one show and practice on weekdays, and three shows each weekend day. This left me with plenty of time to explore. As I mentioned before, the area to the north of Ota is mountainous. This has made for some very beautiful (and also challenging) rides. ...
This morning Cole and I got up at 5:00 am and walked about a mile to
Tenmongu Shrine this morning. As we walked along the road, the buildings
became older and older as we approached the base of the mountain. The
architecture is very rustic and intricate. The 30 foot walls of the shrine
were covered in relief, and even a 6 inch bird had every single feather
depicted. Detail is very important here. This is also true to everyday
life. When the maids ...
... even have little plastic flowers inside of them to make them more attractive. The light poles normally have some kind of decoration or chandelier.
We were recommended to eat breakfast in the basement of a store called Mega. It is the largest store in Kiryu, and is kind of like their version of Walmart, but nicer. We wondered through it, noticing normally ordinary things but presented in a new way. The people must have thought ...