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Dear Alice,

A new noh theater has opened at the Takeda Shrine here in Kofu, and I went to see the first performance, a play called “Makiginu.” The actor who played the role of the priestess wore a very beautiful costume. Seen from the front, it was extremely elegant. But when viewed from behind ooh la la! You have never seen such an unsightly bottom. The seat of the pants was so stiff and wide it could almost be used as a bench chair, yet the character never sat down! So what the heck is the significance of this?

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