Behind the scenes at the Nakatsugawa Bunka Kaikan: Toho star Akira Takarada poses with local fans in his dressing room.
A poster announcing the Green Mountains screening in Nakatsugawa.
When I say it was a packed house, this is what I mean! You could hardly find an empty chair in the Nakatsugawa Bunka Kaikan.
Mr. Takarada, always joyful, cracks a smile while recalling the good old days.
Mr. Takarada shares a laugh with one of the chorus singers.
The highlight of the event happened at the after-party in a restaurant called Annie Hall. At one point, Mr. Takarada asked me to stand up. He then introduced me to the crowd, talked about G-FEST, etc. It was quite overwhelming to be talked up in such a way by one of my childhood idols. Mr. Takarada also asked me to address the audience (in Japanese, no less!), which I did my best to do.
All in all, it was quite an evening.
Video of Mr. Takarada singing with the chorus can be watched below: