Annual Events Around Tokyo

Illuminations to see


  • Omottesando Hills: Nov 5
  • Ebisu Garden Place: Nov 7
  • Tokyo Dome: Nov 10
  • Tokyo Skytree Dream Christmas (German Christmas market): Nov 11
  • Roppongi: Nov 12
  • Marunouchi: Nov 12
  • Rikugien: Nov 19
  • Caretta Shiodome: Nov 19
  • Gotanda: Nov 21
  • Nakameguro: Nov 23
  • Venus Fort
  • Tama Plaza: Nov 8?

Annual Events






‘The Sun, Whose Rays Are All Ablaze’, written by W. S. Gilbert, from the comic opera ‘The Mikado’

The sun, whose rays Are all ablaze With ever-living glory, Does not deny His majesty He scorns to tell a story! He don’t exclaim, “I blush for shame, So kindly be indulgent.” But, fierce and bold, In fiery gold, He glories all effulgent! I mean to rule the earth, As he the sky We really know our worth, The sun and I! I mean to rule the earth, As he the sky We really know our worth, The sun and I! Observe his flame, That placid dame, The moon’s Celestial Highness; There’s not a trace Upon her face Of diffidence or shyness: She borrows light That, through the night, Mankind may all acclaim her! And, truth to tell, She lights up well, So I, for one, don’t blame her! Ah, pray make no mistake, We are not shy; We’re very wide awake, The moon and I! Ah, pray make no mistake, We are not shy; We’re very wide awake, The moon and I!

Ithaka by C.P. Cavafy

As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope the voyage is a long one.
May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors seen for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.

Stanislavski’s “Building a Character”

These are the gems I found when I read “Building a Character,” a book on how to externally develop a role.

“Where truth exists there is no room for conventional routine, for lying pretense.”

“…the work of an actor is not to create feelings but only to produce the given circumstances in which true feelings will spontaneously be engendered.”

“Love art in yourself and not yourself in art. ”   Stanislavski


(on lovers in a play) “They live on the memory of every moment of their meeting…If you will carry out in your imagination-with the right basis of detailed circumstances, proper thinking, sincerity of feeling- each step in this series of actions, you will find that first externally then internally you will reach the condition of a person in love…(actors trying to feel love as a big and generalized experience) try to embrace the unembraceable. They forget that great experiences are made up of a number of separate episodes and moments. They must be known, studied, absorbed, fulfilled in their entirety.”