While hunting for the pretty elusive Miyada Records in the streets around the Kaminarimon in Asakusa, we happened to come across a not very large concert hall. At the entrance of this concert hall were dozens of hand prints from those famous in the entertainment world.
That was a familiar sight as I had seen/heard of it when I watched the making of one of Kouhei Fukuda's concerts earlier this year, where during his break he wandered out of the concert hall to a concrete field of hand prints in search of Michiya Mihashi's; he found it, and coincidentally, their hands are of the same size. At that time, I thought that it'd be amazing if I could go there, but not knowing its location, I just left it as that. So stumbling upon it while in search of Miyada Records came as a pleasant surprise.
I recognized many names of singers, composers, and actors, so there I was admiring each print and hunkering down at each one I liked to compare my own hand size with theirs. It was really enjoyable despite the heat and the leg muscle workout. Many of those whose hand prints were immortalized before the concert hall had already passed on, so to me, placing my hand in their hand print was as close as I could get to shaking or touching their hand.
Anyways, here are some of the hand prints. Photos courtesy of Mom because my hands were covered in dirt and dust from touching the impressions.
On the right is Hiroshi Itsuki's and on the left is Shinichi Mori's. Itsuki has got nice, uniformly shaped hands too, while Mori's were smaller than expected.
Then there's Yuzo Kayama's and Saburo Kitajima's. Kayama has large palms.
Continuing the ryukoka singer trend from Fujiyama, we have Yoshio Tabata (right) and Dick Mine (left). My hand was almost the size of Batayan's, just that he had slightly wider palms and slightly longer fingers. Besides Itsuki's and Ei's, I find myself liking Mine's hands too. He had quite a... manly but shapely hand.
Okay, fine, his thumb was slightly thicker than mine, but still.
|Taken from Azuma-bashi|