Nagoya is a sister city to Los Angles and Mexico City. I attended a ceremonial party of those sister cities last Tuesday. It was held at Nagoya International Center. It was raining hard, however, many people gathered there.
After usual formal speeches, many performances started…First Japanese senior citizens in beautiful kimono danced. They looked very cute! I think all of them are over 70 years old, but they were really energetic and vigorous!
Two boys and two girls from Los Angles attended the party as exchange students. One of the boys sang an old Elvis Presley song in sunglasses. While he was singing, Japanese girls and Mexican girls were really excited. That was interesting.
Japanese high school girls’ dances were excellent. I heard many Japanese people said, “Japan has changed…” Ha-Ha, it may be true. It’s difficult to regard the senior citizens in kimono who danced traditional Japanese ones and the girls who danced hip hop ones showing their thighs and bellies as the same nation…
But I think both of them are really Japanese because their dances were unified. I mean no one danced freely. You know, in Japanese society, harmony is most important.
The traditional dances by Mexican students were splendid. Their costumes were very beautiful. After their performances, the boys threw their hats to Japanese girls and the girls also threw their floral accessories to them. That made the party warm up.