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ELICA's Works

Ave Maria to the Distressed World

Let me share my hearty singing of Ave Maria, from Othello, by G.Verdi, as an omage to the world in distress.

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Zen & IKI Life

Black Lives Matter

Let me join peacefully.

Why?

Because I have many friends and relatives in my family.

Black Lives Matter.

Save the Very Spirit of America.

The colour of our blood is the same; red.

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ELICA's Works

Elica’s First Ever Theatre Piece

It was the days at Royal Holloway College, University of London.

I was an MA student at Theatre Department.

For the final MA project, I decided to direct a play named The Directions To Servants, by Shuji Terayama. (I already made the English translation as my BA project at Keio University, Japan).

I have found photos.

Music, Set design, Make-up and costume design also by Elica Miwa.
Of course, I had a set realizer and make-up and costume maker.
(Music was performed and recorded by myself)
They were fabulous!
Look at these photos!

The actors are undergraduate students.
How talented!
Terayama’s avant-garde, experimental, and brutal play was all poetic, out of order, out of norm, and difficult to get hold of through line of story.

But they understood and made it sooooo strikingly beautiful.

The theme was “grotesque” “human masks”.
So the characters’ movements often went grotesque and monster-ish.

Each shot shows their powerful eyes and energetic finger-tips.

These beautiful girls never mind showing distorted faces and body movements.
What great real actors!

The white lines you see on the set are white elastic strings which were attached to the floor from the ceiling. The characters often played with them as doors, as a hiding place, as a resting place, as a jail, and also used to show their emotions.

The production received a standing ovation.

With it, I could receive MA degree.

I wonder how they are all doing.
Beautiful memories.

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ELICA's Works

My First Memory

I love acting and singing.

But I didn’t want to sing in front of other people, for my self-image was that I was a bad singer.

I didn’t even want to learn from a teacher, being afraid that the teacher might think I was hopeless in singing.

But ten years ago, when I started my Playful Reading of Shakespeare Series in Japan, I had to put some songs for the show’s sake.

That was the time I finally decided to taking lessons from a singing teacher.

Ten years ago, my vocal range was very very very narrow.
I could only go up to Do, Re, Mi.
Fa was impossible.
I neither could keep the note for more than 1 second.
If I kept it longer than 2 seconds, then the voice got wabble.

In ten years time, thanks to the teacher’s effort, my vocal range gradually got wider, and I also started to be able to sustain a note.

My teacher then suggested me to hold a solo concert.

That’s a good idea.

I became confident and wanted to my people to listen to my singing.

I chose songs and started to practise.

But in September, two months before the show, I realised I hadn’t come any nearer to the level I wanted to reach.

I then grabbed my opera student whom I taught acting, and I directed her in my Cosi Fan Tutte production. I am a theatre director, you see?

She just graduated from Conservatorio di Musica “Giuseppe Verdi” di Milano, with full As and as The Most Outstanding and Prominent Singer.

She patiently listened to my singing, and gave me only one advice.

It was something that I had to throw away the main focal point of my ten years lessons.

I was brave enough and also trusted her enough to switch from old to new, and started to practise the new way.

Then, it’s truly a magic!

I could hit high notes very easily.
Chances of missing to hit a note decreased.
I could sustain the note much longer.
I could keep my breath longer.

I was quite surprised at only one skill made an incredibly huge change.

Me singing here is still a novice and weak and frail.

But this is my diamond.

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Travel

Freshen yourself up with IKI stretch

I have just put English subtitles in.
Lake Baikal is the deepest and clearest lake in the world, and is the powerful power-spot as well.

Let’s take in the greatest energy from the earth with Elica’s original IKI-stretching.

Enjoy!

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Zen & IKI Life

My English Twitter Open! @MiwaElica

I have just set up my English only Twitter account.
I’d be most grateful if you follow the account →@MiwaElica

I hope my timeline is filled with goodness, hope, love, and joy.

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Travel

Tori-I, the Sacred Gate

Follow the flow of the people and you will arrive at this Second Bird Gate.

Hi!

If you have been with me in this blog or my mailing list, you may remember these gates called « Tori-I ».

Tori means bird.

I, pronounced simply as « i », means being there, or staying there.

So, sometimes I call them « Bird Gate ».

Tori-I is the gate only for the shrine.

Look at the different kinds of Tori-I.

I am not the specialist bur I heard the different styles show different times and religious lines.

One of my favorites. Sai-Shrine near Omiwa. The little red shrine is for performing art.
Huge Bird-gate of Miwa shrine and Nijo-zan (two-top) mountains.
The Whole view of Miwa Shrine, with a very special hand woven barrier.
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Omiwa Power Spot

If and when you are Omiwa shrine, walk toward Sai shrine which is 5 minutes walking distance in the Miwa mountain.

Before reaching Sai shrine, there is an ancient form of shrine of rock. It is a very very powerful power spot where not many people aware of the existence.

Look at the cedars just above the spiritual rock.
So powerful that you may feel dizzy.

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Travel

Holy Barrier for Omiwa Shrine

I have just uploaded a 30seconds video of the Holy Barrier called ShimeNawa of Omiwa Shrine.

Please watch in my blog.

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Travel

Holy Barrier

New movie of Miwa Shrine.
Holy Barrier of Miwa Shrine, Nara, Japan.