Good morning everyone,

Do I still need to post what the weather is going to be like? Unless there's a typhoon coming, you can assume that it's going to be stinking hot and sunny but hazy with humidity through the roof. I think that pretty much sums up the weather for the next week...and no, you don't have to worry because there aren't any typhoons on the horizon.

There were quite a few things I wanted to write about that I experienced during my trip to Osaka, but I'm already starting to forget them...

So, I went to see some members of the Yoshimoto group perform at the Namba Grand Kagetsu Theatre while I was in Osaka and it was pretty fun. There were always a couple of people in costumes out front (it must have been so hot in there!) and I took a picture with a couple of them, even though I have no idea who they were...
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I thought that the show was going to be two hours of stand-up comedy and that I'd get about half of it. But actually, the show was split into two parts with a  short intermission. The first half consisted of about 6-7 stand up routines-some of which were the traditional two-man style and others were performing by themselves. I could understand most of the jokes, except when they were being told by older men-I think it was a combination of them telling more complex stories and speaking fast, but mostly it was because they spoke with a really thick Osaka accent. Even then, I could catch most of it. I learnt that 'obahan' is a mildly derogative term for older ladies in Osaka...I'll try to use it when I'm arguing with old ladies in the future...ha ha!

The second part of the show was more like a long skit or short play with all of the action taking place in one location. The one we watched took place at a couple of food stalls near the beach. It was pretty typical of the style with a  mix of slapstick comedy, in-jokes, guest appearances and, most importantly, a love-triangle. I understood it completely and there were parts of it that were pretty funny, too. The main character, who goes by 'Sutchi-ko' was pretty funny and I'm sure we'll see more of Sutchi-ko on tv in the future.
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Actually, they announced that the performance was being recorded and will be televised next weekend (July 30th). If you are free, you can watch it and hear me laughing in the background.

After the show, we went out for an early dinner...but that's another story...

Have a great day!


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