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Attended a wonderful event last night at the University of Victoria. A troupe from Japan called Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo presented a lecture and performance. Mostly they explained the difference between between Kuruma Ningyo puppetry where one puppeteer sitting on a rolling stool (rokuro kuruma) operates one puppet (ningyo) and Bunraku in which three puppeteers are required for each puppet. They also explained how a chanter, musician and one or more puppeteers work together to tell historic and cultural stories, mostly from the Edo period when this form of puppetry was developed. The puppets are very beautiful, and the puppeteer who performed last night was the fifth generation of his family to be a professional puppeteer. We were afraid to take pictures while the performance was taking place out of respect, altho others were flashing away, so only  got one shot at the end which was pretty clear. Will attach some You Tube clips.

Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo at the University of Victoria.

Excitedly awoke to our full day in Vancouver with a dusting of snow on the ground! It was really pretty all the days we were there: lots of big, fluffy clouds; snow falling on the nearby mountains; breaks of sun; smell of snow in the air. We jumped on the bus/skytrain up to Main and 28th and walked east on 28th to St George where we enjoyed a lovely petit déjeuner at Le Marché St George. Our pastries were so delicious, I forgot to take a picture of them until they were almost gone! Along with pastries and light lunches, Le Marché has a few delicacy groceries and unique household goods for purchase. It was hard to take good pictures and not include the many patrons who came and went in the shots. Once we were done we walked back down Main Street to Broadway, stopping now and then to browse the many interesting shops we encountered, including Front, a cool shop of new and gently worn fashions, shoes and accessories. We wanted to check out Gravity Pope, a shoe store my sister recommended, so hopped on a bus heading west on Broadway, jumped off at Yew and walked over to West 4th for a bit of shopping. Luckily, at another shoe store, we found a new pair of boots for GJ as the only shoes he brought had sprung a leak in the slush first thing in the morning. Yummy lunch and celebrity sighting at Sofie’s Cosmic Cafe, then we headed down to the Kitsilano waterfront at the Maritime Museum and walked back to Granville Island to catch the ferry back over to the West End and back to the Hotel for a rest. The evening brought the main attraction of our trip: the world premier of Ignorance, a new production by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, showing at the CULTCH. Amazing doesn’t even begin to describe the show!

A bit of snow outside our beautiful hotel, The Sylvia.

Yum! Croissant aux amandes, brioche, café et chocolat chaud.

Le Marché St George, St George at E28th, Vancouver BC.

Le Marché St George, detail.

Le Marché St George; small shop, lots to look at!

Looking up at the Maritime Museum and a gorgeous sky from the dock of historic boats just below the museum.

Looking over at the West End from Kitsilano.

A section of a kinetic ball sculpture in a window at Granville Island.