A total of 17 people, 15 from Japan and 2 from South Korea, visited Bangkok, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai for 10 days from October 26th to November 4th, 2019.
The cast members arrived in Chiang Mai on separate flight from all over Japan and South Korea. After performed a cast meeting, we split into each home team and rehearsed for half a day. The next day we gathered about 100 students at Chiang Mai University for a performance. At the final dance, all the students were so exciting that they went up to the stage and enjoyed the dance. However, the show was not so good due to lack of preparation, and the cast members were not satisfied.
At the show of Mae Fah Luang University in Chiang Rai, the cast members set up a one-day practice program by themselves, discussed what they needed, and confirmed with each other what and how they wanted to convey. The theme of this Asian Beat program was “Make The Wave!” which meant “Create some waves from yourself!”
At the event, 250 students gathered and many performers from the university appeared, sang, danced, and it was very exciting.
We visited Ban Rom Sai in Chiang Mai and Mae Kok Foundation in Chiang Rai to exchange songs and dance with the children. We stayed at Mae Kok Foundation for three nights and invited people from the hill tribes to have dinner together. At night, we raised Komroy and let the lanterns made by the children flow into the river. The night sky was full of stars, and we could see many shooting stars.
The cast members strolled around the city of Chiang Rai with students from Mae Fah Luang University and played with elephants at Kok river.
The cast members moved to Bangkok to enjoy their free time and had a “look back meeting” at the final night. We made a big chronology of what we did for 10 days, and we divided into home teams to talk about cross-cultural exchange, what we got from this tour, and how to make use of it in the future.
At the end, the staffs and students of Chulalongkorn University joined in to have an enjoyable drinking party. It was a dinner party where people forgot their nationality and discussed until late at night.