About this same time, Honda was attending a performance of Matsukazé at the Osaka Nō Theater in Tennoji-Dogashiba at the invitation of a colleague fond of performing Nō chants himself. It was a production featuring Kanesuké Noguchi from Tokyo as shité with Yazo Tamura assisting him as waki. The theatre stood upon the eastern slope of Uemachi Hill between Tennoji and Osaka Castle. This had been a section of fine villas at the beginning of the Taisho period and was still a secluded area containing high-walled mansions. One of these functioned as a Nō theater under the auspices of the Sumitomo family.
Most of the guests were merchant princes, and Honda recognized many of them. As for the famous actor, the harsh-voiced Noguchi, Honda's colleague had warned him beforehand that, although his intonation might sound like a goose being strangled, Honda was not by any means to laugh. And he predicted that, ignorant of Nō though Honda was, once the play was underway he would suddenly find himself emotionally aroused.
Although Kanesuké Noguchi wore the mask of a beautiful young woman, his voice had nothing that would recall a woman's charms. It was a voice that made one think of the rasping together of rusty, discolored metal. Furthermore, his recitation was broken by interruptions, and his style of chanting seemed to be tearing the beauty of the words to shreds. But despite all this, the mood inspired was like the outpouring of a dark and ineffably elegant mist, like the sight of a moonbeam shining into a corner of a ruined palace to fall upon a mother-of-pearl furnishing. Because the light passed through a worn and ravaged bamboo blind, the elegance of the shattered fragments shone all the more.
Gradually, then, his harsh voice became far from irritating. Rather, one had the feeling that only through this harsh voice could one for the first time become aware of the briny sadness of Matsukazé and the melancholy love that afflicts those in the realm of the dead.
Alloa was the capital of the worldwide Patons yarn empire. Those mills are gone today, but the 15th-century Alloa Tower (foreground) still stands. Source.
Morton visit Recreation Park to play Alloa Athletic. Morton are still alive in the Championship, but to escape relegation they have got to continue to win, and Cowdenbeath must continue to lose.
Morton have yet to score on Alloa this season. [And they don't today. Alloa win 2 - 0. Morton are relegated.]
This weekend it's the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup. Rangers face Dundee United today, and Aberdeen play St Johnstone tomorrow. Both games are at Ibrox. This is Rangers' first match against a Premiership opponent this season. Last season Rangers beat Motherwell 2 - 0 in the Third Round of the Scottish League Cup, but then lost 0 - 3 to Inverness Caledonian Thistle; and in the Fifth Round of the Scottish Cup they were beaten 3 - 0 by ... Dundee United. [Rangers are out!] [Aberdeen are out!]
It's also the first leg of the semi-finals of the Scottish Junior Cup. Camelon Juniors host Glenafton Athletic, and Irvine Meadow host Hurlford United. Camelon are from around Falkirk, the other three semi-finalists are all from Ayrshire. [Irvine Meadow 2 - 1 Hurlford United.] [Camelon 2 - 1 Glenafton.]
Steam Train at Shimbashi Station by Utagawa Hiroshige III (early 1870s). Source.
At last we reached Takasaki -- the place from which the celebrated "land steamer" started on its puffing way to Tokyo. That was the first time that I ever saw a railway train. It looked to me like a long row of little rooms, each with a narrow opening on to the platform.
It was late in the afternoon, and I was so weary that I have little recollection of anything except a scolding from Brother, because I, feeling that I was entering some kind of a house, stepped out of my wooden shoes, leaving them on the platform. Just before the train started, they were handed in at the window by an official whose special duty it was to gather all the shoes from the platform before the starting of every train. I went to sleep at once, and the next thing I knew we were in Tokyo.
Etsu Inagaki Sugimoto, A Daughter of the Samurai, page 117.
Le Directeur Général des élections du Québec reminds everyone in its report on the April 7, 2014 election that the government of Québec still has its own ideas about the boundary with the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Labrador Boundary Dispute. The area north of the dotted line, a chunk of the St Lawrence watershed about half the size of Nova Scotia, is seen folded into the electoral district of Duplessis (which was won by the PQ's Richard Lorraine by 359 votes.) In the Newfoundland legislature most of the area is part of the Lake Melville electoral district and is represented by Keith Russell of the Progressive Conservatives. For the sake of economy the Postmedia newspapers used this map in their election coverage, though editorially they would deride the land claim. But it was a strange election for newspapers.