Happy New Year!

15 Jan

I just got back to Japan after a two-week trip home for the holidays. I fell in love with NYC in the winter for the first time. This was largely thanks to rereading Camilla, one of Madeleine L’Engle’s earliest, darkest, and beautifully-written novels. Camilla spends her time being emo in the snowy, stark streets and parks of NYC in November. It was nice to trace her footsteps.

In Japan, winter means that everything turns a very dull green. Most of the leaves and plants still have foliage, which is nice, but they’re all a very faded, almost lifeless color. In New York you have the dramatic, sculpted bareness of the leafless trees, and it’s really quite pretty and moody – very Bronte, as Jess put it. Here’s a shot of Central Park:

Just gorgeous, huh?

I had an awesome couple of weeks at home, and it was great seeing friends (Aqsa, Soraya, Jess, Lisa – hi!!). I also FINALLY got to eat Laduree macarons. Here’s a pic of them in all their glory:

They were….gross. Oh, well. Can’t fault nostalgia.

Lastly, while in the city, I took these two photos at the theatre in front of my building. Can you spot the differences?

OK, better question – can you spot the similarities? Daniel Radcliffe played the lead role in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Radcliffe is, of course, Harry Potter.

He is followed in the role by Darren Criss, of “Glee” fame. But Criss got his start via YouTube, in “A Very Potter Musical,” a hysterical parody of Harry Potter. Naturally, he played Harry.

Anyway, I got a kick out of it.

Happy to be back in Japan, though! More to come!


2 Responses to “Happy New Year!”

  1. Heather January 27, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    A very potter musical – thank you for reminding me of that! Did you go see the play?

    • tarasensei January 29, 2012 at 6:42 am #

      No! Shows were sold out for both Harries. But I appreciated them from afar…. and listened to screaming fangirls outside the backdoor every night!

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