I went to 光明寺(Komyo-ji) at Kamiyacho神谷町 in the morning. There was an event that a professional Noh能 player taught us how to sing a Noh song. Noh is one of the traditional performing arts in Japan, as you might know. It was a wonderful experience for me to listen directly to the voice of such a nice actor, and to sing following him, with a quiet atmosphere at the temple.
His voice was so energetic and aesthetic that it could change the air which completely fascinated us all.
It was also a chance to remind me of Japanese traditional way of learning, that is to say, "to emulate professor". The actor told us how important it was for leaning Noh play. Please don't regard it as just simply copying something, but seeing with a full of imagination to learn essential things and going deeper. In Japanese, the word 学ぶ(learn) derives from 真似ぶ（emulate). Traditionally, in Japan, children always learn various things by emulating elder people, which can make them develop their acute powers of observation as well as their professional skills.
Here is the coffee shop Royal Coffee Shop (ローヤル珈琲店) at Asakusa浅草 in Tokyo東京. If you have a chance to visit Asakusa, how about having a break here to enjoy coffee with cozy atmosphere? I recommend to go to the shop early before noon, because there are a few people that you can be relaxed. Shop Information Shop: Royal Coffee Shop (ローヤル珈琲店) Address: 1-39-7, Asakusa, Taito-ku, TOKYO (東京都台東区浅草１－３９－７) MAP OPEN: 9:00～21:00 Menu: Black coffee 480yen, Hot sandwitch is also famous here.
At Japanese-style daily restaurants, you can usually see Teishoku（定食）at lunch menu. Teishoku (定食) is a style of lunch and it usually consists of a main dish, a side dish, rice and miso soup.
This is the menu called Hirekatsu Teishoku （ひれかつ定食) at the restaurant near Akihabara (秋葉原）station. The main dish is Japanese-style deep-fried pork medallion cutlets so called Hirekatsu （ひれかつ）, with shredded cabbage, pickles, rice and miso soup.
Generally we put the meat with brown sause.
Breaded pork cutlet had come to Japan from Europe and adapted to suit Japanese tastes, so called Tonkatsu (とんかつ). I recommend Hirekatsu（ひれかつ), a kind of Tonkatsu(とんかつ), especially for ladys and gentlemen who care about their weight and health, because it is tender and carry less fat than other types of pork.
Shop information: Tonkatsu Marugo（とんかつ 丸五） Address: 東京都千代田区外神田1-8-14 MAP TEL: 03-3255-6595 Open: 11:30~15:00, 17:00~20:00 except for the 3rd Tuesday each month Menu: Hirekatsu Teishyoku （ひれかつ定食）￥2000
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