The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on May 4, 1974 · Page 2
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The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota · Page 2

Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Saturday, May 4, 1974
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'Madame Butterfly' star en/oys Japanese lifestyle nv\w * >^k * . —. f ' • .. _ TOKYO (AP)-"Oh, what a tovely Japanese geisha," said tne blue-haired American tourist, snapping her camera at the 8|r ^J£? 5 ri ^ t kimo " 0 ' "n>e girl, Philadelphia-born Lyric soprano Anna Moffo, beamed For Anna, on her first visit to Japan since shooting to stardom in an Italian television production of "Madame But- terfly" this was the ultimate compliment. In Japan, she says, she has • confirmed and deepened'her interpretation of Cio Cio San, the lovely tragic heroine of Puccini's 'opera, and now she yearns to sing the role here some day. "The women are so feminine," she said. "Being here has helped me understand them more than ever.-They still walk in that charming pigeon-toed way. No, they slide rather than walk, they glide across the floor." Her fame preceded her here, thanks to the sales of her recordings, When she sang "One Fine Day" from "Madame Butterfly" during a con- cert tour the audience reaction was described as ecstatic. She further delighted the Japanese by singing, flawlessly, a popular and difficult folk song, "Karatachi No Hana," or "Flower of the Nettle." Long a prima donna of the Metropolitan in New York and in the San Francisco, Chicago, I-a Scala, Milan, and Vienna operas, she made her debut in Japan at the Osaka International Festival. The orchestra wore red ear- nations on their formal jackets in Tokyo, but it was not to match her dazzling, peacock- hued evening dress. The musicians had earlier hai.ded out handbills demanding monthly pay hikes as part of the annual "shunto", or spring labor offensive. Unwilling to embarrass Miss Moffo by wearing the head and arm bands obligatory in labor drives, they politely settled for the carnations. In Japan, Anna was up each day at 7:30 to indulge in her "addiction" — watching television. She was fascinated by the Oriental mayhem she saw. "I can't believe the children are seeing these things," she • said, describing a samurai serial. "There's blood all over, much more than in the United States. The killing is fierce, and all done without a change of expression," An old-fashioned girl who wished she had lived during the Napoleonic era, she is in love with the past, with the many women in kimonos, the tem- Fergys Falls (Mi.) Joinal Saturday, Ms/ 4,1974 3 pies, palaces, and old gardens, and even with the samurai flicks. "If I were Japanese, I would be happy that that much tradition still exists," she said. r S t BERGEN FLOWER CENTER 622 EAST VERNON — FERGUS FALLS PHONE 736-6996 SAY IT WITH FLOWERS. . . by WIRE If Your Love Is Miles Away! '. X*" 1 * INVITES YOU TO ITS **l fun AND SUCH TERRIFIC PRICES AS: GLAD BULBS SATURDAY, MAY 4- Open to 9 p.m. SUNDAY, MAY 5-12 Noon to 6 p.m. "CASH and CARRY" SPECIALS 7J9 1 DOZEN ASSORTED COLOR DAISIES OPEN HOUSE SPECIAL HARALSON APPLE TREE $049 EXCEL SEEDS 5 PACKS $100 SHADE TREES LAWN FERTILIZER PATIO BLOCKS FREE USE OF SPREADER WITH PURCHASE! SEE OUR SELECTIONS! POM POMS PACKAGE, ONLY $198 FREE.' DRAWINGS EVERY HOUR No Purchase Necessary — No Obligations! FREE! COFFEE and DOUGHNUTS Come in and Browse Thru Our Fabulous Selections Due to the fact that our Gift Line and a Few Minor Items are Not Complete, We Will Be Having Our Grand Opening in the Future! OF GREEN SHRUBS Lots of FREE PARKING... Wide Variety OF TOP QOALITY MERCHANDISE CUT FLOWERS INTHE1RMOST BEAUTIFUL SPLENDOR ON DISPLAY fEQSS .RASPBERRIES -STRAWBERRIES • ASPARAGUS • CONCORD GRAPE • RHUBARB • RED LAKE CURRANT HARDY ROSE SHRUBS With Such Great Names As: • Grootendorst Red • Grootendorst Pink • Hansa Red • Persian Yellow WE HAVE A COMPLETE LINE OF: INSECTICIDES, WEED SPRAYS AND FUNGICIDES WE HAVE COMPLETE BEDDING STOCK WE HAVE A COMPLETE L1NEOF * PATIO I PRODUCTS |

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