As we arrived to the hotel in Corydon, Executive Director of Main Street Corydon, Angel Frizzell, came and escorted us to the welcome reception. The reception was held at the newly renovated Harrison County Discovery Center. We received warm welcome and were entertained by Big Jim, musician and theater technician. The weather in Corydon was much milder, which we haven’t felt in awhile.
Corydon is one of the smallest communities we have visited and they have a big heart. We felt their kindness, thoughtfulness, hospitality and great sense of humor throughout the week. I was here with Manhu, a Chinese ensemble, a year ago with Arts Midwest World Fest. Everyone was glad to see me and said “Welcome home.” They made us feel so at home.
At the reception were Angel, Eva, Eva’s sister and her husband, Big Jim, his son and town consuls.
February 19, 6:00 AM, air temperature is 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Ondekoza is getting ready to starts a day with 6.2 mile run.
Big thumbs up at Lanesville High School.
Yuji plays his Shamisen with Lanesville High School Band.
The first BANG! “WOW!” Students are captivated by the strong sounds of Taiko.
What an amazing experience! Students were so excited to drum. They all said it’s a hard work.
We were served school lunch in the lunch room with students. They all wanted to be in the photos with Ondekoza.
Ondekoza follows the proper manners of Japanese culture. Everyone waits for each other to be ready, then put hands together and say “Itadakimasu.” When finished eating, “Gotisou samadesita.” Angel, Eva, Big Jim and his son together say “Itadakimasu” and “Gotisou samadesita.” These words are not religious terms. They are proper manners and simply mean, “let’s eat” and we are “finished.”
Nathan Broom, Executive director of Leadership Harrison County, is a runner. One day Ondekoza members and Nathan run through the town. Many people saw them running and it was a talk of the town. Nathan and his family invited us to his house for dinner. It was a wonderful experience for Ondekoza to see the life of an American family at their home.
Final concert in Corydon. Strength, endurance, synchronization. Ondekoza’s performance is always PERFECT.
Ondekoza was featured on front page of Corydon Democrat news paper.