The flamenco show in Shinjuku with The Flamenca from the gym was a very famous flamenco troupe that she used to perform with, and they were really quite good. Not quite as showy as Expo, but not as much technique, but I liked it anyways. It was in a very expensive Spanish restaurant, and I drank for free. They were going to have a nice Spanish meal for me as well, but because of a misunderstanding, we ended up meeting very late, and didn’t have time to comer.
After the show, The Flamenca was acting very Japanese, saying, “ikimashoo?” and I said, “Are you crazy? We stay and drink and talk with your friends!” so I stayed out till the last train talking with all these older flamenco dancers. It was all in a Madrid Spanish dialect, so I understood only about 25%, but with my heart, I understood just about everything. These Spanish girls were very flirty which I didn’t mind. They wanted to talk about what I thought of their show, how it relates to what I do in circus… supposedly they are all coming to the gym soon to watch my number.
I guess it was a ‘date,’ of sorts, and I’m liking going on a lot of dates with interesting people.
Seeing The Flamenca at the gym now is fun; I guess she is the new friend that will take me to the end of this stay in Japan. It is clear that we have a fun flirtation and mutual interests, but that we have a ‘working relationship.’ I will go see the flamenco show again with her before I leave. The Importer is organizing a big meal this Sunday for all the gaijin gym members so we will be having gazpacho and Sri Lankan food and wine and Japanese foods at a big house in Tsukiji.
I have two more days of work; just five classes total. then, who knows what is going to happen.
Tonight I’m going to the Yasukuni Shrine matsuri with The Journalist who’s about to leave to study at Johns Hopkins which I guess has a really well-known school for international studies/foreign relations.