Yesterday we got on a bus and began a short tour of Hyogo. We had an open dress rehearsal with no make-up, no wigs and a very responsive audience, one that even felt compelled to start clapping along in one of the numbers. We skipped through arias that were secure for the sake of saving the singers' voices, our maestro saying "Jump shimasu." ("shimasu" being the Japanese verb "to do"). Despite the withholding in the dress rehearsal my stand partner and I were still happy that they bothered to sprinkle a few celebratory confetti pieces, and perhaps today we may look forward to a more robust showing. At the very least, we know that the confetti managed to make it on tour.