Earth Celebration on Sado Island 2013

Earth Celebration on Sado Island 2013

Posted by in Art, Culture, Music, Travel on 05. Nov, 2013 | Comments Off

This summer I went to the Earth Celebration on Sado Island, a three-day festival centered around the amazing taiko-drumming of Kodo. Sado Island (佐渡島 sadogashima) is the home of Kodo (鼓童), the most well-known taiko drumming group in Japan, and probably in the world. I had seen Kodo perform indoor concerts, once in Kobe and [...]

Japanese Tenugui in Tokyo

Japanese Tenugui in Tokyo

Posted by in Art, Culture, Tokyo, Travel on 05. Oct, 2012 | 1 Comment

One of the stops on my trip to Tokyo with @GuideYu a few months ago was to a Tenugui shop in Harajuku called Kamawanu. Tenugui are a traditional Japanese multipurpose cloth. To name just a few of the many uses for tenugui, back in the Edo period people would use tenugui as small towels, or [...]

Bright Siren by androp

Bright Siren by androp

Posted by in Art, Music on 08. Sep, 2011 | 4 Comments

If you’re into Japanese rock and… camera flashes… you’ll probably find this to be pretty interesting. This is the video for the song Bright Siren by a Japanese band called androp. They used 250 cameras to set this up. Pretty impressive in terms of scale! Fun stuff. If you check their official website you can [...]

A Poem by Misuzu Kaneko

A Poem by Misuzu Kaneko

Posted by in Art, Culture, Language on 09. Jul, 2011 | 6 Comments

Kaneko Misuzu One of my good friends told me to check out this poem by Kaneko Misuzu [wiki] quite some time ago, and I finally got around to it. The poem is short and sweet, and not too difficult, so you can use it as a study tool as well. I have provided a simple [...]

Tsuchinoko by Gaka

Tsuchinoko by Gaka

Posted by in Art, Culture on 30. Mar, 2011 | Comments Off

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwyCWHoNe2I According to an article I read on BoingBoing, an art group called rakudasan created this video for a band called Gaka. It’s really good. If you’re the impatient type, I think this video gets better as it goes. The ending scene is really cool! Watch it to the end! If you liked that video, [...]

Break into Manga Translation with Manga Digital Guild

Break into Manga Translation with Manga Digital Guild

Posted by in Art, Books, Language, Working on 10. Feb, 2011 | 6 Comments

Lot’s of people who study Japanese hope to get into translation some day. And when it comes to translation, many people hope to do manga or game translation, why? Cause the content is freaking fun! But how to break into the field? A friend recently introduced me to Digital Manga Guild, and it seems to [...]

Nishiki with Tatsumura Koho in Kyoto

Nishiki with Tatsumura Koho in Kyoto

Posted by in Art, Culture on 04. Feb, 2011 | 4 Comments

I had the opportunity to visit Tatsumura Koho’s workshop in Kyoto during my August trip to Japan in 2009. This workshop makes Nishiki style Orimono, which is a type of Japanese weaving. Tatsumura Koho explaining the Genji Nishiki piece Nishiki orimono is extremely high quality, extremely beautiful, and therefore extremely expensive. If you can get [...]

A Musical Afternoon with Shakuhachi and Koto

A Musical Afternoon with Shakuhachi and Koto

Posted by in Art, Culture, Music on 18. Oct, 2010 | 2 Comments

So as you may have heard from my twitter feed, @maryag came down from NYC and we spent some quality Japan-geek time together. On Sunday we went down to a local university and watched an excellent shakuhachi and koto performance by Akikazu Nakamura and Toshiko Kuto. Here’s a clip that I recorded of the encore [...]

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