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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Waseda Festival 2009

I realized that last year, around this time, I was in Malaysia (for a brief trip to Rome and the Rome Film Festival), so I missed out the Waseda Festival.

I didn't even know about the Waseda Festival, which was held last weekend until I saw people setting up on Friday (as I was on my way to my lab to record Zhu Dan's guzheng performance).

The festival was held on Saturday and Sunday, but I was only there on Saturday.

This is the tiny North Gate of Waseda University. I was actually, once again, on my way to the editing lab.

The North Gate of Waseda University

I was trying to take a photo of the lolita maids. The chick, unfortunately, thought I was taking a photo of her, hence her "you make me sick" expression.

I was trying to take photos of the lolita maids

Waseda Festival

There were some singing performances.

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I had some yakitori from this booth.

Yakitori booth

... It was interesting to taste half-cooked chicken.

I went back to the festival again later during the day. This time with Maiko, Kong, Liu Jing (she's the assistant producer for THE WHITE FLOWER) and Zhang Qi (we're in the same campus, she occasionally helps the Shanghai International Film Fest).

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This time I had some (fully-cooked, thankfully) yakitori in another booth. Some sausages, with tartar sauce and mayonnaise, and yakisoba (fried soba). They were decent.

Waseda Festival after the sunset

After the sunset, I followed Kong and Maiko off, they were having an audition session for Kong's short film 'IN THE FLESH' (a loose adaptation of occasional ex-guestblogger and published writer Justin's short story 'I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like'. BTW: Go read writer Quentin S. Crisp's interview with Justin that was posted back in August)

I won't be posting videos of the auditions until Kong and Maiko have finalized their cast. Would be disrespectful to post up videos of those who didn't get selected anyway.

I was around to give some guidance on how to run the audition (and also to keep an eye out for possible candidates for my future projects, hah)