Kyoto Carols - How was it?

Festive Thanks to all those who came carol singing on 24th. We had some passers by join in too which was exactly what I was hoping for. Hiroko has written about it below, and Ben, who was traveling from Australia, kindly sent us these photos and this video of us singing Jingle Bells in English and Japanese.

Here's what Hiroko says:
On the 24th of December, I arrived at the spot 18:55ish, when I found that about 30 people singing 'gloria', and thought the caroling had been already started, but it turned out that there was another group, from Sendai, of Christian volunteer singers who were singing there from 17:30pm. Among them there were Felicity, David, and other people around Kyoto. During our caroling we also saw a flock of Santa Claus's riding on motorcycles; 'Twas a fantastic night singing.
Eventually we sang almost 2 hours; after the previous group left, we were around ten people, much less than the last year, though some came later, and many others passed by, stopped, and got involved!
After the caroling, some of us went to the Irish Pub Gnome, where we shared drinks and food listening to the live music. Felicity said she prepared 50 sheets of songs books and she kept 23 when we finished; taking account of the number of the participants who returned the songbook to her, we hoped to have had almost 40 singers or more!
Thank all who came and join us! Thank all who came and watch us singing! To people who came and who couldn't come, let's make that happen again on the next Christmas Eve!
Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
PS:our next Singing Around the Table is planned to be on the 28th of January; three days after Robert Burns' Birthday. Hope to sing some songs with his words.(KH)


24/12 Kyoto Carols Pamphlet Contents

Away in a Manger /い葉の桶で

Carol of the Bells

Deck The Halls/ひいらぎ飾ろう

Ding Dong Merrily on High

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Good King Wenceslas

Hark the Herald Angels Sing/天には栄え

I Saw Three Ships

Jingle Bells

Joy to the World/諸人こぞりて

Little Drummer Boy

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O Little Town of Bethlehem

O Tannenbaum/もみの木

Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful/神の御子は

Once in Royal David’s Cityダビデの村

Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer/真っ赤なお鼻のトナカイ

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Silent Night/清しこの夜

The 12 Days Of Christmas

The First Noel /牧人ひつじを

The Holly and the Ivy

We Wish You a Merry Christmas/クリスマスおめでとう

What Child Is This/みつかいうたいて

While Shepherds Watched

White Christmas

Winter Wonderland

Kyoto Carol Singing

All are welcome to join 'Singing Around the Table' and 'ContraKyoto' for carol singing on 24th December 2011. Meet outside Kyoto City Hall (NW corner of Oike Kawaramachi) at 7pm. English/Japanese song sheets provided. It's cold so wrap up warm (hat, gloves, muffler, antlers etc) !!! Last year we retired to nearby Irish Pub Gnome afterwards for food and drinks. ; ) Happy Holidays!






Dec 10: Kitamura Ken at Uzura

I really like Uzura Gallery, a tiny venue (Showa era dental surgery) tucked away downtown Kyoto - some great music

Kitamura Ken sings do-yo, Japanese old songs.
"Do-you Remember"
Dec. 10 (Sat) 7 p.m. 2000 yen
Reservation: call 070-5500-1011 or email...


2011年12月10日(土)『童謡 DO YOU - REMEMBER』
(京都 三条通寺町西入南側の町家。京阪三条駅から西へ600m)
開場 18:40 
開演 19:00   
お問い合わせは 070-5500-1011 うずらギャラリー      
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