Sunday in the park

I hope this shot is clear enough, but not so clear to show who is who!

On Sunday, I spent a bit of time in Yoyogi Park excercising my right foot and trying to figure out exactly what I am doing. I go to a newly redone area of the park, because it just seems more inviting to a wider cast of people. Since I am a foreign guy, and a bit of an oji-san, this seems to be the place where I should be. I see a fair number of eccentrics there, too, so . . .

Well, yesterday, along comes a group of kids. I thought they were going to have a late summer get-together out in the sun. But later I realized that they were practicing a play. On Friday, I had mentioned Yaneura to the English circle, so I guess it was fitting that, coincidentally, I’d see young people working on a play in the park.

Sometimes people go out there solo, and just read lines. There was a guy doing that a few weeks ago. He would walk up to the edge of that field, look at the woods, and just go to town. As if the trees were the audience. When I realized that the soliloquy was not being directed at me, I just let my guard down and let the guy go to it–without looking for some place to mosey on off too. He went until exactly 2 pm, then stopped, turned around, and walked away. It was very dramatic and the trees responded with their usual silence.

Well, here, this one above seemed to be about working in a shipping company, or something else having to do with boxes and “DHL”. Maybe very fitting for Young Japan. Every now and again the cast would freeze in place, while one or two of the actors went off on a dialogue. That’s how I knew it wasn’t a party game or a picnic. I see those, too.

The front side of the guy in red’s shirt said “Tomorrow is Another Day”. In English. It made me think, because, yes, today was. And for these kids, tomorrow is another day, as it is for all of us.

You are going to have to trust me, that was what it said, because I couldn’t get a shot from the front side. As it was, I think they were getting a little a nervous that the ojisan exercising his foot and had noticed them and was taking cell phone pictures. But as you can see, it was at a distance. And honestly, if you are performers in a park, the “Tommorrow is Another Day” Troupe maybe, well, it didn’t seem like it was a private play.

Notice my shadow. It reminded me of the cover of Steely Dan’s 2000 album, Two Against Nature, which I had been listening to in the spring before I came to Japan.

I really wonder what that play was about, and if the performance is just for a class, a school, or the ticket-buying public. Just to find out what the whole thing was about the cast suddenly freezing, and the packages coming or going on DHL.