Freedom! (for a short while) – 自由です!

Orchid in my garden

The Rikkyo University All Saints Chapel Choir’s annual Rainbow Concert went very well yesterday.  The choirs sang to a packed chapel, and (as always), responded to the presence of an audience by surpassing their previous best.  We had a wonderful audience to sing to, as well – silent during the singing, and enthusiastic during the applause.  Thanks to those who sang, and those who listened.


It was also a pleasure for me, as conductor, to have former choirmaster Jim Dawson, in the audience.  University organist Yuko Sakiyama directed the choir between Jim and my own tenure, so all three living choirmasters were in the chapel at the same time.  Another thing on my mind was the virtual presence of the second choirmaster, Karl Branstadt.  His generous gift to the university for the purpose of supporting the choir some 40 years ago provided the funding for the choir’s newly released CD.  Don’t you love living history?

Now for some FREEDOM!  I have been working six and seven day weeks in preparation for this concert, so now am heartily enjoying a few days of total freedom.  No mail to answer, to rehearsals to plan, no classes to prepare.  So how did I spend the first day?

1 コンサートの翌朝:何もしない
2 午後のコーヒー1@近所のレトロ喫茶店
3 床屋で散髪、床屋さんと楽しくおしゃべりする
4 午後のコーヒー2@別のレトロの喫茶店
5 近所のお寺で写真タイム
6 夕食@近所のネパールレストラン

1. Lazy morning doing nothing of interest

2. Afternoon coffee No. 1 at a local retro coffee shop

3. Haircut and gossip session with my barber

4. Afternoon coffee No. 2 at another local retro coffee shop

5. Neighborhood  temple visiting with camera

6. Dinner at a local Indian restaurant with “the wife”

The above is how I relax after a taxing season.  How do you spend your free day?

Photos from my temple visit

Temple gate in rain

Weathered temple steps

Jizo (Buddhist image)

Another (much older!) Jizo


Dry flowers

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