From the Royal Opera Chorus in Japan – Day 10
After the rigours of two first nights and two parties, the entire company had a rest day. Everyone, that is, except Tony Pappano who clearly felt that he hadn’t been busy enough and held some masterclasses with Ji-Min Park at the British Embassy!
A large group took an organized excursion to see Mount Fuji and although a bit of a rush, was a great success. There were stunning views of the elusive mountain, and a great atmosphere on the company coach! Only four choristers took the trip into the mountains to Nikko but reported a sensational day in a tropical paradise. There were other stories of sorties to Kamakura, local sight-seeing and shopping expeditions. Everyone in the group seems to be really grabbing the Japan experience with both hands. Another small group of choristers made impressive use of the day by taking the 7am bullet train to Kyoto and returning to Tokyo about midnight. Although a flying visit, it offered a remarkable insight into Japanese history and culture.
The wonders of modern technology have made staying in touch with home relatively straight forward once you negotiate the pitfalls of the 8-hour time difference. Skype has allowed us free or almost free links and phone calls wherever there are wireless hotspots.
‘Have you got Wi-Fi?’ has become the catchphrase of the tour!
- John Bernays