Intermezzo… #Politics, #InternationalDialogues…

Commentary: Since my last post was on  October 1st, I thought  I would label this period of inactivity as “Intermezzo…” (a short, light entr’acte)…  I am in the process of relocating back to D.C. ….after spending 12+ months in suburbia, New York…(and will resume doing the International Dialogues Radio Show … in January/ February  2016…)  In the packing process, I discovered all sorts of items I had not seen for a long time… One of the many items is a program for the  Kabukiza Theatre, Tokyo, Japan (I should point out that I lived in  Japan as a teenager and visited the country for business during my adult years…)  Interestingly, as Americans, perhaps we are more familiar with the terms  Kabuki politics or dance… Recent news points to  “Kabuki head[ing] for glitzy Las Vegas,”  posted online yesterday (January 19, 2016) in The Japan Times website…

kabuki70 A search for the term  (Kabuki politics) …produced these examples…

  •  Kabuki in the Alps How to interpret the theater of German coalition politics (The Economist, Jan 6, 2016) re:…” the refugee crisis,… Mrs, Merkel ‘s liberal asylum policy….”
  • The State of the Plutocracy: The Kabuki President Addresses Sanders’ Attack on Money in Politics (Pt 2) (The Huffington Post, January 20, 2016)…”Obama plays the romantic lead for the capital’s Kabuki performers, the forlorn suitor of love and harmony regularly bemoaning the partisan polarization myth, which was the headlined villain of the SOTU. He appeals to us “not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans first, …voices of” – he says it twice for emphasis in his soaring conclusion -“unconditional love.” Obama promises Kabuki love for sacrificing democracy…”
  • Foggy foreign policy in Obama speech, (The Korean Times, January 18, 2016) …”Nonetheless, the address offered a new level of political “kabuki” where through the shadows of rhetoric and imagery, the American people’s genuine frustrations over the economy, global terrorism, domestic security and Washington’s political gridlock were overlooked.”
  • Reference to Kabuki theater is disrespectful (St. Louis-Post Dispatch, September 2015) “Kabuki theater is a highly skilled and complex art form, and is in no way equivalent to the absurd machinations of St. Louis city government regarding political disagreements over police body cameras, etc.”
  • Kabuki Dancers Subject of Intermezzo Talk (The Stanford Daily, 28 April 1954) “The Azuma Kabuki Dancers and Musicians, considered the foremost traditional Japanese dance troups, will be the subject of a free public lecture, illustrated with colored slides, at 4:15 p.m. tomorrow in Cubberley Auditorium. Michael Lombardi, expert on Japanese theater, will deliver the lecture, which is one of the Intermezzo series. The talk is the first of a group Lombardi will make at Western universities. The lectures arc scheduled in connection with the appearance of the Japanese dance troupe in San Francisco May 17 through May 29. The Kabuki Dancers and Musicians are appearing in America for the first time, inaugurating a world tour to display the Oriental art form to Western countries. The tour was arranged with the co-operation of Prince Takamatsu, brother of the Emperor of Japan, and the Japanese ministries of foreign affairs and education.”