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The Living Nativity

Posted by Kathryn Marshall on January 1, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Hey everyone! Since it has been a while since I last posted an entry, I have a lot to catch you up on, so I will start with the journey to Ishinomaki in Tohoku -- this is where the worst of the earthquake and tsunami hit back on March 11th. To the Japanese this date is as imfamous as September 11th.  

We left on the 23rd of December. Many team families and individuals adding up to approximately seventy people packed into a bus in the evening so that we could arrive in Tohoku by morning. Everyone wakes when the bus comes to a stop in front of McDonalds at 8:00am. We're all tired and sore from the ten hour ride, but thankful for a nice warm breakfast of pancakes and hashbrowns.

Later everyone unpacks at the building that we'll be performing 'A Living Nativity' and celebrating Christmas in. Set up commences immediately.Running through a couple of last minute reheasals, Mrs. Iverson is assured that everything's in place and ready to go. At the last minute, I'm placed as the third wiseman (from asia), which I think is hysterical since roughly half the cast is asian.

The crowd cheers as baby Jesus is born and the wisemen come marching through. Several elderly ladies in the front row literally jumped up out of their seats to pet the sheep (not real sheep of course, but little kids dressed in little wooly costumes that were so cute!). One woman grabbed 'Joseph' and had her friend take a picture of her hugging him.

After exiting the dressing room I stood looking at the crowds of people sitting around dinner tables laughing and and talking to each other in rapid Japanese about the show. Head bobbing up and down in agreement with each other about how cute the 'sheep' where. Needless to say it was a big hit.

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