Maria Akasaka reaches out and hits the man’s head with the fan. 3 times. Then she runs to the next table and swings back. At the same time she sings. Her blue sequin dress glitters, as does the crown on her head. When she walks through the hall, people turn to her. She is the guest star of this evening’s “Maria’s Dinner Show” in Kameoka, a city in western Japan near Kyoto. A concert with comedy interludes, such as the action with the fan. The music is what one would probably call Schlager in German. Songs that are mostly known to the older visitors, who clap or sway along to the songs.

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