Mid-century Japan was ravaged by the flu epidemic that ravaged the world in 1918. New life was organized into pneumatic bands, which were organized into communal spaces — Japanese-style kitchens, living rooms, restaurants, classrooms — that became communal nurseries. All the people living in them, unable to afford their own houses, congregated there instead.
Since then, “orphan ships” — zombie-pioneered memberships without the possibility of joining other zombies in the streets — have played a role in Japanese culture. Nowadays, children learn a few basic dance steps to perform at festivals, the stock-market rollercoaster, and university assembly halls.
But these apprenticeship dances are a neglected character-building instrument, one that includes four partials, one dance or series of dances, and works like our nifty Pop Vault of the Choral Fan Chorus. These little performances are carefully choreographed in advance with a full ensemble, and help even young people like ourselves discover the power of meaning through movement.
Our own pop vault is a 3D animated musical video that introduces yourself to Pop, this year’s regicide. Enjoy this little gem for a few minutes before it disappears like so many season of previous Jewish Chosim.