By Katie Nguyen
The National Cherry Blossom Festival opening ceremony at the Warner Theater on March 23 was amazing. My favorite part was the Sailor Moon Live show. Me loving musicals made it even better, even though I have never watched Sailor Moon before. Their costumes were spot on and were able to choreograph perfectly too. I loved the details on every character, even the background dancers as well. I was surprised at how they can dance with heavy clothing and still put on an awesome performance.
My second favorite part was when Ikuko Kawai ensemble played Tale of Genji. Ikuko Kawai played so powerfully and with deep emotions that she had me speechless and entranced into her music. Her dress and her makeup were also beautiful and the way she played was also captivating.
My third favorite part was Yusaku Mochizuki, or Mochi; he was spectacular with the way he presented his juggling and the background image/video as well. He timed his juggling perfectly and made it seem like the diabolos were actually moving the background, if that makes sense. I also like how he created a story just by juggling his diabolos and how he had music to go along with it.
Overall, the opening ceremony was phenomenal, even after we had left and I had gone back home, I was still super excited about it.