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Barlingen International Folkdance Festival (1)

I can’t believe this is 1month ago already…It’s about my trip to Germany. Our Shishimai website also updated more detailed stories and pictures, check it out!

As I hadn’t performed Shishimai since I came to London, I was so looking forward to joining them in Germany this time! I was thinking of joining them in Frankfurt as the members flied to there, but decided to go to Stuttgart and meet them in Balingen as the flight was not early in the morning…well, I mean, more efficient.

It was the first time for me to go to Germany! It was only a few hours from Heathrow to Stuttgart. I love living in Europe 🙂 I spent a few hours in Stuttgart before taking a train to Balingen, walked around the park near to the station, and had a lunch at a cafe. The chicken and fruits salad (as a waiter recommended) was really testy…a bit salty taste, but made me almost order beer.

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Taking a train to Balingen, I was quite impressed by train systems in Germany (so different from England…). Accurate, planned schedule on planned platform, although I can’t understand German at all, it was more smooth than traveling in England. The sky was clean, the train running along rivers and woods was so comfortable.

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I walked from Balingen station to the hotel as it looked quite close. Oh, I found a poster of the festival!

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Waiting at the hotel….finally I reunited with the Japan team! It’s been for a while since I last met them…well, as I hadn’t joined them for a few years and I hadn’t met the members from the Shrine before, most of them were someone I met at the first time actually…After checking in, we went to a clubhouse where we had a wonderful dinner! Oh wow German foods are so yummy…beer was good too…they played some music for us, and everyone danced together, it was fascinating first day already.

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Shishimai performance for children

Well, it was a week ago already, I went to join Shishimai (Japanese traditional lion’s dance) performance. The stage was for children and directed to introduce Japanese traditional culture to them. Actually even for adults, these culture is not so familiar any more, so WE enjoyed seeing other traditional cultures as well. So usually children’s reaction is so fun when “lions” are going to “bite” them. Some kids start to cry. (because the face of the lion is so scary.) Actually parents’s reaction was funny as well as Shishimai is not seen so often nowadays. I’ll upload some photos on facebook.

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