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Noh and Techno

A student from Kyoto came to stay at Guest House Ioly Osaka for six nights!

He was here to attend a training session held at Chikatsu Asuka Museum in Kanan-cho, Minami-Kawachi, Osaka to be a curator. He has a great interest and knowledge in historical things such as temples, shrines, and kofun, and he even knew what he wouldn't have otherwise: the difference between kofun as ancient tombs and as historic sites. He's been to the Furuichi Kofun Group before, but since he was to attend the six-day training this time, he knocked on our door to stay here.

Knowledgeable as he was, the more we talked, the more he realised that there are places like kofun and museums in this area that he hadn't been to, and he aspired to visit them, but he left for the training at half past seven in the morning and came back to the Guest House at night every day during the six days. Just one day, he managed to spare half an hour strolling the traditional Jinaimachi area in Tondabayashi before going to the training session in the morning.

We talked a lot in the evening.

He belongs to the Noh club in university, where he studies and practises it with other members. One evening, he showed me one of the chants in the lounge here! Although he kept his mask on, he produced a low and deep voice and 'sang' in tune, which was very different from his usual voice and the way he usually speaks! I saw the traditional Japan and its culture there!

After that, he went on to talk about Noh further saying it doesn't have instruments that determines the scales. Most of the instruments are rhythm oriented like drums, and the scales are determined by the first person who starts the chants. Therefore, the key can be too low or too high for the following chanters!

Influenced by his father, this university student is also into techno music such as Kraftwerk and Falco.

As much as he's deeply into history and related places, he confessed that he doesn't enjoy walking around in the heat of the summer, so he said he'd come back again when it gets cool. As he was finally checking out, he used the Japanese phrase 'Ittekimasu!', which you usually say when you're leaving for a shorter period of time and you know you're coming back.

So I said back to him 'Itterassahi!'〇◁





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