This is “tsuyu,” or the the rainy season in Tokyo, which usually lasts from early June to mid July. The combination of humidity and heat is palpable, and everyone keeps an umbrella on hand to anticipate the inevitable showers.
We are staying at a hotel in Shinjuku, a few stations away from the Theatre Orb, a beautiful space built into the 11th floor of a massive shopping mall, Hikarie. The hotel has a gorgeous view of downtown Tokyo and a host of creature comforts, including this tea set. Any hotel that gives you a teapot for your daily use is okay by me.
We rehearse tomorrow and open the show on Wednesday night. It’s so nice to be back in Japan.