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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Zoorasian Brass Band and the String Quartet of the Tsuru-Usagi

On Sunday we took Nico to her very first concert. Of course, this being Japan, the players were all wearing animal heads...

Actually, I don't know if this is unique to Japan, but it certainly is VERY Japanese to use mascots or animal characters (or any kind of character actually) to sell something. In this case, a little musical culture to the diaper set.

First the
Zoorasian Brass Band came out and played a few numbers. The conductor is an Okapi, by the way.

Followed by the
Tsuru-Usagi String Quartet, who, with names like (from L to R) Meg, Amy, Beth and Jo, apparently must be Australian rabbits.

After a brief intermission, both groups came out and rocked the stage.

They even came out for an encore.

Afterwards, they were available for autographs.

And photo opportunities.

Y'know, the thing is, we've been so starved of culture lately up here in our mountain stronghold that it was actually quite pleasant to see some live symphonic music played. Even if by forgotten sports team mascots playing to an audience, that for the most part, were probably sitting in soiled underpants.

In fact, I enjoyed it so much perhaps I'll
download some bunny wallpaper to remember them by. And if you'd like to see more of my photos you can check out my flickr set.