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February 7, 2016

Weekly revue 2016 week #5 (January 30 to February 5)

Food: - Kawaii Monster Cafe, Harajuku. I finally went! It's a crazy, colorful and fun place, much bigger than I expected!
- Curry at aoi tori, Hatagaya
- Curry at Have More Curry, Omotesando
- Sunday Bake Shop!

Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku 20160130kawaiimonstercafe.jpg
青い鳥 Have More Curry Sunday Bake Shop

Music events: - On February 2 was "Absolute Learners #3" at Shindaita Fever, featuring Learners (band of Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji), Kaji Hideki, Shoko and SaToA. All were great! Shoko's band was formed of Kaji Hideki (her husband), organist Tucker, and Koncos. Then Kaji Hideki played his energetic set with the Koncos guys. Last was Learners who totally rocked the place (there was even some stage diving!), also featuring Tucker for 4 songs. Kaji Hideki also DJ'd with his Blue Boys Club unit. What a fun evening!

SaToA SHOKO
カジヒデキ カジヒデキ
LEARNERS LEARNERS

バニラの部屋

- I went to see a free Vanilla Beans in-store event on the roof at Shibuya Marui, on the release day of "Vanilla Beans V". This was also the day of "setsubun" (the traditional spring day) which is celebrated by throwing and eating beans, and Vanilla Beans appeared holding baskets from which they threw small packs of beans all over the audience.

Actually I also passed by Tower Records Shibuya on Friday just while they were having another in-store. So I got to watch them again although I missed the beginning and had to leave before it finished. If you haven't bought the album yet, you should during this month so that you can contribute to their tough goal (15000 copies by the end of February).

2/3 set list: onna wa sore o gaman shinai / Night and Fly / Beanius / Say Goodbye
2/5 set list: Sweet Soul Revue / onna wa sore o gaman shinai / Night and Fly / Say Goodbye / Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji

- The weekend before was a DJ event at Newport, Yoyogi-hachiman w/ DJs Yasunaga Shinya, Chikakoshi Fuminori (Rallye Label), Nagai Seiichi (sōtaiseirison), Ueda Yasufumi (ex-Harvard), Umebayashi Tarō, etc.

Playlist: Dorian, Vanilla Beans

Dorian "midori" Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans V"

This week's video: Learners live at Fever (the rest of the show can be seen on the same YouTube channel)

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February 1, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #4 (January 23 to 29)

Food: - Dinner at Gris, Yoyogi-Uehara
- Jams & more from Sunday Bake Shop, Hatsudai
- Basque cusine lunch at Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Shibuya
- Mutton curry at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo
- Chocolate & strawberry tart at Café comme ça, Shinjuku
- Lamb, etc. at Hitsujiya, Iidabashi

Gris Gris Gris Sunday Bake Shop Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Pont
Tapir Tapir Comme ça café

Music event: I went to Batica (Ebisu) for "Delica LAB" to see Nakatsuka Takeshi (Qypthone), Ookawara Izumi (Qypthone), Ishikawa Shūnosuke and Oonishi Mami Trio. All were great! What a nice evening! I also got to meet an online friend and fellow music lover who is in Tokyo for a few months.

中塚武 中塚武 大河原泉 大河原泉
Shumusic Saxophone Quartet Shumusic Saxophone Quartet 大西まみトリオ

Music release news: XTAL, Soviet Chance

XTAL "Skygazer" Soviet Chance "Soviet Chance"

Playlist: Vanilla Beans, Halfby, Hoshino Michiru, bambino, & more

Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans III" Halfby "Innn Hawaii" HOSHINO Michiru "You Love Me" bambino "With Pop"

This week's video: CaptainMirai feat. Vocaloid Fukase "sekai no hajimari"

Also check out Old Monk's new video "History" here!

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January 23, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #3 (January 16 to 22)

Food: - Monte Cristo at Sandwich House 55, Shibuya
- Coffee at Little Nap Coffee Stand, Yoyogi-hachiman
- Salad (kale, pomegranate, tomato, hazelnuts, cheese & quinoa) and lamb couscous at Path, Yoyogi-hachiman
- Satoimo fries, miso onigiri, etc. at Minazuki, Hatagaya

Monte Cristo @ Sandwich House 55 Little Nap Path 水無月 水無月

Music event: On Sunday January 17, I went to see 80's style idol group Especia's "Estrella" tour final show at Studio Coast! This was a special show backed by a full band of 11 musicians (guitar, bass, 2 keyboards, drums, percussion, sax, trumpet, and 3 back vocals)! I was expecting a great show, and it was even better. The band was part of the show from start til end (except the last encore that was karaoke style), they were rehearsed and the sound just perfect! I hope this will be released on DVD. The DJs for the evening were DJ Fukutake and Mitsy.

The show unexpectedly ended being very emotional, as the group's manager announced that they will be moving to Tokyo (from Osaka) shortly, and because of that they will lose 3 of the 5 current members who cannot move along (because of studies, etc.). After seeing such an amazing show, I am hopeful that Especia will continue doing great music despite those big obstacles. But for now I'm just looking forward to new album "Carta" coming in February.

Set list (source): uchu senkan Yamato (Inst.) / Intro / We are Especia / No.1 Sweeper / YA-ME-TE! / Aventure wa giniro ni / Midnight Confusion / Saudade (Inst.) / West Philly / Sweet Tactics / Sensual Game / Mistake / Boogie Aroma / kurukana / Twilight Palm Beach / Abyss / kirameki Seaside / Interstellar / Aviator
Encore: Clover / Rittenhouse Square / We are Especia (Reprise) / Night Rider / Twinkle Emotion

Especia Especia Especia
Especia DJ Fukutake

Music release news: Sunny Day Service, The okawari Sisters, Vanilla Beans

Sunny Day Service "ichigobatake de tsukamaete" (7"+CD) The okawari Sisters "kitaikan Zero" (Download) Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans V"

Playlist: Hoshino Michiru, Metafive, Especia, Pizzicato Five, Halfby

HOSHINO Michiru "A/W Collection ~anata to watashi no Collection~" Metafive "Meta" Especia "Gusto" Pizzicato Five "Pizzicato Five" Halfby "Innn Hawaii"

This week's video:

"Forest Green (arui wa, ano uta o itsu ka utaeru ka)" from "Brown, White & Black"

Posted on January 23, 2016 at 22:48 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


January 17, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #2 (January 9 to 15)

Food: - South Indian curry dinner at Cochin Nivas, Shinjuku
- Sri Lankan lunch plate at Acala.naatha, Nakano
- Coffee at Shozo Coffee Store, Omotesando

Cochin Nivas Cochin Nivas Cochin Nivas Acala.naatha Shozo Coffee Store

Music event: - I went to see Sally Soul Stew's "annual" show at Shinjuku Red Cloth! Sally Soul Stew is the band of Sally Kubota, my favorite bassist! While he usually plays a Rickenbacker, this time he played an "Orender" bass of Etō Isao's signature. His is autographed on the bass neck.

The band played many great covers (with a lot that were new to their repertoire) and their originals such as "anata ni maketa no" and "Joy to the World" (written by Takanami K-tarō). There was a special appearance by The Scooters' Ronnie Barry and Lucy, for "Heatwave" and "Tokyo Disco Night", which was awesome! And also there was a short solo performance by Tablet Jun who I had been wanting to see again. A great evening!

There I also had the chance to get my 7" autographed by the two girl singers, Lemon and Mashiro Megumi, in addition to Sally's autograph that I got when I bought it. A great evening, also for the good times spent with friends there. :)

Set list (excuse the blanks): Intro / Golden Cup / anata ni maketa no / ... / nakazu ni irarenai (I Can't Keep From Crying, Sometimes) / Black Coffee / Heatwave (w/ Ronnie & Lucy (The Scooters)) / Tokyo Disco Night (w/ Ronnie & Lucy (The Scooters)) / ... / ... / Boy and Girl / hitori no kanashimi (Zoo Nee Voo cover) / ... / Joy to the World / Hey Hey Hey Hey

サリーソウルシチュー サリーソウルシチュー feat. ザ・スクーターズ タブレット純
サリーソウルシチュー サリーソウルシチュー サリーソウルシチュー

Exhibition: Briefly dropped by Spiral and Aoyama where an installation called "Dimensions" by Rhizomatiks Research was on display. See a short video (better than what I took) shot by Tomo Suzuki. This ends today (January 17).

Tech: I was still using Windows XP on my PC at home, but it had been crashing and also I couldn't install the latest iTunes anymore, so I finally decided to get Windows 10. Not being qualified for free upgrades, I went to Bic Camera and bought the packaged USB edition. After some tweaking and disabling of unneeded features, so far it's all much better!

One stupid thing was that I got stock in the installation process, which boots from the USB stick but then reboots automatically hoping to start in the new installed Windows, but since there's no cue to remove the USB stick it just rebooted into the install. Not having been looking at the screen I thought it had failed and needed to started over, so I wasted time installing twice.

Music release news: Kera, Yogee New Waves, Perfume

Kera "Brown, White & Black" Yogee New Waves "Sunset Town e.p." Perfume "Perfume Anniversary 10days 2015 PPPPPPPPPP 'LIVE 3:5:6:9'" (Blu-ray/DVD)

Playlist: Cornelius, bambino, Towa Tei, Negicco

Cornelius "Constellations of Music" bambino "With Pop" Towa Tei "Big Fun" Negicco "Melody Palette" Negicco  "Rice&Snow"

This week's video: The Lady Spade "Aretabetaina"

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January 9, 2016

Weekly revue: 2016 week #1 (January 2 to 8)

Food: - Carrot cake at to_, Mito
- "nanakusagayu" (sevel herbs congee) and ginger & dates ice cream at Tapir, Shin-Okubo
- Galette des rois party! I didn't win the fêve, but it was delicious, and I also did my first "kakizome" thanks to Picaro Taro. :)

Carrot cake at to_ 七草粥 @ Tapir Ginger & dates ice cream w/ apple sauce Galette des rois Galette des rois 書き初め 書き初め

Music release news: De De Mouse, Count Joke, Sexy-Synthesizer, Hamada Bamyu Bamyu, Denki Groove, Negicco, Metafive, Konishi Yasuharu (Tokuma Japan 7"'s), Charan-Po-Rantan, Cherryboy Function, tofubeats, Hoshino Michiru

De De Mouse "farewell holiday!" Count Joke "nikyu tenshi no Theme / ame ni hohoemi o" (7"+CD) Sexy-Synthesizer "Space" Hamada Bamyu Bamyu "Nandeya Nen Nen" Denki Groove "Denki Groove The Movie? -The Music Selection-" Negicco "attoteki na Style -NEGiBAND ver.-" Metafive "Meta" Various Artists "yoru no Minoru Phone Hour" (7"), "Tokuma Dance Party" (7"), "ozashiki Japan" (7") compiled by Konishi Yasuharu Charan-Po-Rantan "onna no 46pun" Cherryboy Function "Word In The Petals" tofubeats "Positive Remixes" Hoshino Michiru "My Tiny World (Duet with Matsuo Kiyonori)" (CD+7")

Playlist: Vanilla Beans, Re:Served, Takanami Keitaro, Comoestas, bambino/Ban Hiroshi, Bank, The Scooters, Sally Soul Stew

Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans IV" Re:Served "Chypre" TAKANAMI Keitaro "Memorandum" Comoestas "Twist & Dodonpa" bambino "With Pop" Bank "True Tempo" The Scooters "The Scooters NOW !" Scooters "musumegokoro wa SCOOTERS" Sally Soul Stew "Joy To The World / Black Coffee" Sally Soul Stew "Blue Angel Deluxe" bambino "il bambino ed Rock"

This week's video: METAFIVE "Luv U Tokio"

Posted on January 9, 2016 at 15:37 | Permalink | Trackback (0) | Comments (0) | Tweet |


December 29, 2015

Revue: 2015 week #52+α (December 19 to 28)

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year 2016!

Some Christmas presents: QP and ESSU pouches, a colorful potholder bird, and a nice turquoise plate!

QP & ESSU Colorful bird Turquoise plate & Aigre Douce treats

Food: - Deer curry at Tapir, Shin-Okubo
- Sushi & more at Sushi Marufuku, Nishi-Ogikubo
- Christmas day chicken at Bespoque, Higashi-Nakano
- Butamen #2 at Ramen Bakatare, Sengawa w/ Peter N. & family :)
- & much partying with wonderful friends & delicious food! :)

タピ タピ タピ 鮨 まるふく 鮨 まるふく 鮨 まるふく
Bespoque らーめん ばかたれ らーめん ばかたれ

Music events: - On Christmas Eve, I went to see a mini-live of Nomiya Maki at Hachiko, Shibuya. At exactly 7 p.m. she sang "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji", followed by P5 Christmas classic "24 décembre" (the perfect choice for that day!). The show also ended up being the perfect meet-up with international P5ML friends who happened to be in town: Peter N., Peter V. and Jens J.

野宮真貴

- On December 28 was the last show I see in 2015, and one just perfect for that, Pizzicato One (Konishi Yasuharu) and Sunny Day Service at Liquidroom!

Konishi-san appeared wearing large Mickey Mouse hands, and first sang a cover of traditional new year song "oshōgatsu", instantly putting the audience in party mode. Unlike the September Billboard show, there were no guest vocalists, making this the first time ever that Konishi-san sang a whole show from start til end!

An especially nice surprise was a cover of Negicco's "Idol bakari kikanai de" ("Don't listen just to idols"), a song he said he wrote thinking of himself. He changed the lyrics removing the punctuating "zannen!" ("too bad!") calls, and pointed at the audience singing instead "look more at yourself". He also sang several P5 great songs not on the P1 album: "The Great Invitations", "Love Again", "Message Song" and "To Our Children's Children's Children". He closed his set with a cover about drinking, an upbeat samba that made the audience dance. What a great show! (Full set list below.)

Sunny Day Service played next. It was my first time seeing them since they got back together a few years ago, though I had seen singer Sokabe Keiichi before. They gave a rocking good show full of catchy pop songs. I was impressed how they're truly good musicians and entertainers, and also have great vocal harmonies.

I also had the chance to buy an autographed copy of Konishi-san's latest book, "bokura no Hit Parade" (a collaboration with Kataoka Yoshio), which was missing from my collection.

Pizzicato One set list: oshōgatsu (Taki Rentarō cover) / Tokyo no machi ni yuki ga furu hi, futari no koi wa owatta. / nichiyōbi / Y.O.U. / Idol bakari kikanai de (original: Negicco) / kanashii uwasa (original: The Scooters) / The Great Invitations / Love Again / Stars / Message Song / To Our Children's Children's Children / tōmei na hitotoki o (Hasegawa Kiyoshi cover)

PIZZICATO ONE & サニーデーサービス PIZZICATO ONE & サニーデーサービス PIZZICATO ONE & サニーデーサービス 僕らのヒットパレード 僕らのヒットパレード

- Not exactly an event, but I went to the theater to see "Denki Groove The Movie"! A full-length documentary film about the whole 25-year history of Denki Groove to this day. The movie is full of rare footage and also has many songs from last year's Fuji Rock filmed in a cinematic way. Difficult to watch while having to remain calmly seated!

電気グルーヴ 富士さん

Exhibitions: - Checked out the "Shibuya Style vol.9 - pop&street exhibition" at Shibuya Seibu, with works by HITOTZUKI, Invader, KAWS, Aruta Soup, D*FACE and many more. The large HITOTZUKI painting is quite a masterpiece.

HITOTZUKI HITOTZUKI HITOTZUKI

- Dropped by Beams T in Harajuku for a Screaming Hand exhibition, with works by many artists including QP and Toshikazu Nozaka.

QP x Screaming Hand Toshikazu NOZAKA x Screaming Hand

Music release news: Takanami Keitarō, Learners, Baku Baku Dokin

Takanami Keitaro "Memorandum" (CD+7") Learners "Learners" Baku Baku Dokin "swingin'" (Download)

This week's videos:

Baku Baku Dokin "swingin'"

Learners "I Want You To Be My Baby"

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December 20, 2015

Revue: 2015 weeks #47-51 (November 14 to December 18)

Time just flew away this past month, and so did I on a very nice trip to Taiwan!

Travel: At the end of November we went for a very nice one week trip to Taiwan! We visited Taichung, Tainan and Taipei, and also did a quick day trip to Houtong Cat Village! I was happy to catch up with my P5ML friend William! We had so much delicious food! Check out trip photos on Flickr.

Taichung Tainan Tainan
Houtong Cat Village Houtong Cat Village Taipei

Music events: - I briefly dropped by an in-store event at HMV Record Shop in Shibuya where Comoesta Yaegashi and Groove Unchant DJ'd to promote Comoestas' new 7" single "Twist & Dodonpa".

- This year again I went to see Nomiya Maki's fantastic Shibuya-kei revue show at Billboard Live Tokyo! Aside from all the great songs as heard on her latest album, Henmi Mari's "Daniel, mon amour" was a great surprise, as well as the trio of French covers including "Contact" (as previously covered by Pizzicato Five) and a moving "Ex fan des sixties". Not to mention the amazing P5 medley encore...!

Set list: Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji (The night is still young) (Pizzicato Five) / What the World Needs Now Is Love (Jackie DeShannon) / ongaku no yō na kaze (EPO) / Friends Again (Flipper's Guitar) / Daniel, mon amour (Henmi Mari) / Le cœur qui jazz (France Gall) / Contact (Brigitte Bardot) / Ex fan des sixties (Jane Birkin) / Paris no koibito/Tokyo no koibito (Mizuki Arisa / Chūō freeway (Arai Yumi (Yuming)) / sekai wa ai o motometeru (What The World Needs Now Is Love) (Japanese lyrics by Konishi Yasuharu)
Encore: Pizzicato Five medley - Tout tout pour ma chérie / London Paris / Mon amour Tokyo / Strawberry Sleighride / 24 décembre / Sweet Soul Revue

- I also got to catch an in-store event with Nomiya Maki and Vanilla Beans, at the new HMV & Books in Shibuya, where they sang together "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji". The place was super crowded!

Groove Unchant & Comoesta YAEGASHI NOMIYA Maki NOMIYA Maki & Vanilla Beans

- Back from Taiwan, I hurried to buy Vanilla Beans' new single, and I made it to an in-store at Tower Records Shibuya's Stage One. The show was short and sweet, starting with my favorite "Nicola", and including all three songs from the new single, plus "uchōten Girl".

- I went to see U-zhaan and Yoshida Daikiti, playing tabla and sitar, at Moon Romantic (Gaienmae) in an event presented by Salam Unagami. There was an impressive and mesmerizing 1-hour non-stop performance by the two musicians, and a talk show with Salam and the sitarist who taught some patterns in Indian music singing "Pa Ma Ga Re Sa".

- I also went to Chiroline ver.3's Christmas party event at Akasaka Graffiti, also featuring CTO LAB. and singer-songwriter Shizukuda Umi, and a mini-live by Genius (with a nice Japanese cover of "All I Want For Christmas Is You").

Chiroline ver.3 set list: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (feat. CTO LAB.) / Cowgirl At High Noon / Napolitan no uta / Brand-New Morning / Chocolate sensō / (Chiroline no) hoshi ni negai o / sonna Banana / Sha-la-la Snowed In

CTO LAB. set list: mirai no kioku / 2001: A Space Odyssey / Winter Wonderland / The Elements / Space Arcadian / Go! Spiral! Go! / omocha no Cha Cha Cha / ii Papa ii Mama warui Papa Polka / Crash Bandicoot

U-zhaan & ヨシダダイキチ 新チロリン CTO LAB.

Exhibitions: - MIM (Ryokudōkai) solo exhibition at Fūraidō. All three members of Ryokudōkai are doing a weekly exhibition there, and the last is ESOW from December 20 to 26.

MIM MIM MIM

- ESSU exhibition at Kōjimachi Gallery.

ESSU ESSU ESSU

Music release news: Vanilla Beans, Halfby, sugar me, suiyoubi no Campanella, comoestas, P.O.P

Vanilla Beans "onna wa sore o gaman shinai / Beanius / lonesome X" Halfby "Innn Hawaii" sugar me "Around the Corner" suiyoubi no Campanella "Jipangu" comoestas "Twist and Dodonpa" (7") P.O.P "okaasan ni kiite minai to wakaranai"

This week's video: Twisty feat. Shione & Yuko "Winter Scene", a new favorite holiday song!

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November 14, 2015

(Bi-)weekly revue: 2015 weeks #45-46 (October 31 to November 13)

Sorry, I got a bit late in updating my blog, so here's a quick summary of the last two weeks which were rather busy!

Small trip: We dropped by Mashiko for a pottery market, then by Utsunomiya to eat gyōza (the good stuff at Masashi).

益子 正嗣

I also checked out the Hitachi Seaside Park (Hitachi kaihin kōen) in Ibaraki where Kochia and Cosmos were almost in their best season.

コキア コスモス ひたち海浜公園

Music events: - On November 2, I went to see Hoshino Michiru's one-man show at clubasia, a release party for album "You Love Me". That was a wonderful show, the second half of which was backed by a full band with several members from Wack Wack Rhythm Band! She had a big surprise at the end for the 10th anniversary since she debuted with AKB48.

Set list: i-ji-wa-ru Darling / Wonderland / hanashite... / kanata e / sakamichi no tochū / ame no naka no Dreamer / Interstellar / seikan renrakusen / chotto Something New / natsu nandashi / Secret Touch / gekka kōyakyoku / Misty Night, Misty Morning (w/ Yafune Tetsuro) / shippo no Blues (w/ Yafune Tetsuro) / My Tiny World (w/ Matsuo Kiyonori) / itoshi no Rosie (w/ Matsuo Kiyonori)
With band nagareboshi gakudan: sono michi / rakuen to kisetsufu / Peaberry o mitsuketara / You Love Me / mō ichido Déjà-vu / kare no Irish Setter / koshinuke danshi ni I Love You / Discotheque ni tsuretette / koi no Funfair
Encore: Wish on a Starry Night (solo on piano) / ikitai hō e (w/ nagareboshi gakudan) / Magic Hour (w/ nagareboshi gakudan)

星野みちる 星野みちる

- On November 6 was Elektel's Lounge at Koenji Connection. I got to see some fun DJing and also live performances by both of Elektel. I even got a Casio SK-200 keyboard from a friend and fan who liked my Glad en Mono show a little while ago. :) And thanks to another friend who gave me good cakes from La Marée de Chaya in Hayama! Yum!

polymoog (Elektel) Ueken (Elektel) Elektel

- Then on Sunday November 8 I went to the last day of the Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival! The festival features a lot of the best and latest from Japan's pop culture, in music and more. It also has a strange system where foreigners can get free entrance. Of course I'm thankful for it! I got to see Charisma.com, suiyōbi no Campanella (who I had been curious about), CAPSULE, and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu! All of these were great! I was happy to see CAPSULE again, it had been a long time for me, and they played some songs old and new from most of their electro career, with "More! More! More", "Jumper", and much more. Kyary's set was the perfect finale!

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu set list: Fashion Monster / Candy Candy / Cherry Bonbon / Invader Invader / Ninjya-Re Bang Bang / tsukema tsukeru / Crazy Party Night

- The next day Tower Records' streaming show where regular MCs include Vanilla Beans' Lisa and DJ Fukutake. This time both of Vanilla Beans were also there to promote their upcoming single. I had to leave when things got interesting, but I at least got to see their new video in full! The end is totally crazy! It should be posted online when the single is released next week.

- November 11 saw the release of Nomiya Maki's new album, "What The World Needs Now Is Love"! I was very lucky to have the chance to get a rare promo 7" when I bought the album at Tower Records. And a few days later was an in-store performance at Tower Records Shibuya where she sang "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji" and "sekai wa ai o motometeru" (Japanese version of the title song)! This was followed by a greeting session where I got to shake her hand and received an autographed card. :D

野宮真貴 野宮真貴 野宮真貴 野宮真貴

Exhibitions: - A quick visit at QP's new "3 TOKYO" shop in Nakano Broadway. Everything was sold out but he seems to re-stock with new works every once in a while. A nice panel is on always display though!

- We also visited Gallery TFTD on the last day of an exhibition by calligraphy artist Kakinuma Kizan, in collaboration with FESN's Kamikaze cruiser skateboards.

3 TOKYO KAKINUMA Kizan x FESN KAKINUMA Kizan

Food: - Sausage, salmon pie and trifle at Bespoque at Isetan, part of the British Week
- Oden at Tapir, Shin-Ōkubo
- Date & oat slice at Rose Bakery, Marunouchi
- Chocolate cake and coffee at Magali at monami, Nishi-Ogikubo

Bespoque at Isetan Bespoque at Isetan Tapir Date & oat slice magali at monami

Tech: - I found an Android One phone at the Pakistanese restaurant, and bought it! Haha! Android One is an initiative by Google to make cheaper devices mainly aimed at countries where smartphones aren't all that common yet. The device I got is an Infinix Hot 2. It has a bit lower specs than regular Android phones on the market, and only supports 3G, but it seems to work very nicely. It will be perfect for traveling abroad.

- Also I got a brand new Chromecast (the new round type) sent to me from Canada! This isn't available in Japan yet, but it works perfectly nevertheless!

New Chromecast

Music release news: Reina & The Blue Valentines, Ryoma Maeda & Romantic Suiciders, Nomiya Maki

Reina & The Blue Valentines "First Recital in Shibuya" Ryoma Maeda & Romantic Suiciders "Synthesizer Garage Punk Band" Nomiya Maki "What The World Needs Now Is Love"

Playlist: Nomiya Maki, Jintana & Emeralds, hitomitoi, CAPSULE, Sugar's Campaign, Fantastic Explosion, and much more...

NOMIYA Maki "What The World Needs Now Is Love" Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel" CAPSULE "Wave Runner" Sugar's Campaign "Friends" Fantastic Explosion "Sounds In Space"

This week's video: Chiroline ver.3 "Napolitan no uta"

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October 30, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #44 (October 24 to 30)

Small trip: On Sunday October 25, we went to Nasu-Shiobara in Tochigi prefecture, to the Fujishiro Seiji Museum. Fujishiro Seiji is an artist who is mainly famous for his works using light and shadows with translucent sheets, many of which can be seen at the museum.

There was going to be a "Keroyon greeting" that day, which was the main reason I wanted to go. :) Keroyon is a character the artist created in the 60's, who appeared on TV and in two full-length movies which I love (trailer)! He also appears here and there in Fujishiro Seiji's shadow works. Every few months Keroyon, just as seen in the movies, visits the museum and greets all visitors. I even had the chance to take photos with him. :) That was awesome!

藤城清治美術館 藤城清治美術館

After the museum, we also went to have coffee at 1988 Café Shozo and checked out nearby shops. On our way back we stopped at Utsunomiya to eat gyōza, which the location is famous for.

Music event: I went to see hitomitoi live at Billboard! Her new album "The Memory Hotel" had just been released the week before, and most of the songs from it were played live. That was a great show as always (I've seen her shows for each album since "Dive")! LUVRAW was also featured on talkbox for 3 songs.

Set list: Dive / Overture / The Memory Hotel / sono me wa, Hypnotic / Mystery Train / bō - kyaku - hi - kō / toki o tomete koi ga odoru / Surrenderer w/ LUVRAW / Stardust Tonight w/ LUVRAW / Lonely Woman / Labyrinth ~kaze no machi de~
Encore: Anytime Manytimes (IMAI Miki cover) / koi wa omoi no mama w/ LUVRAW

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Food: - Hot dog at the Fujishiro Seiji Museum
- Gyōza at Minmin, Utsunomiya
- Curry lunch at Have More Curry, Omotesandō

Hot dog 餃子 餃子 Have More Curry

Music release news: Negicco, Izumi Ookawara, Aira Mitsuki, Perfume

Negicco "Hibiya Yagai Dai Ongakudo Road of Negiiiiiii ~Negicco One Man Show~ 2015 Summer" Izumi Ookawara "Precious Days" (Download) Aira Mitsuki "Animo!" (Download) Perfume "Star Train"

Playlist: hitomitoi, Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong, etc.

hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel" Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong "Toropical Circle"

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October 24, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #43 (October 17 to 23)

Workshop: I went to a workshop by Chalk Boy, a master at chalk art as seen in cafés and shops everywhere. Held at unico in Shin-Marunouchi bldg, he taught us for about 2 hours some techniques to write lettering on a blackboard, and tips for it to look good. It sure is a bit difficult and needs some practice, but that was fun! I'll have to try to put this to work sometime. :)

By the way, the chalk he uses is Japan-made Dustless chalk by Nihon Rikugaku Industry (Kanagawa pref.), and it's made so that hands don't get all dusty. The company that makes it is also remarkable in that it employs mainly people with intellectual disabilities.

Chalk Boy workshop @ unico Chalk Boy workshop @ unico Chalk Boy workshop @ unico

Food: - Italian dinner at Trattoria Babbo, Shibuya
- Vegetables 65 & Malabar fish curry at Cochin Nivas, Shinjuku
- Thursday morning sausage roll at Sunday Bake Shop, Hatsudai

Bobba, Shibuya Bobba, Shibuya Vegetables 65 @ Cochin Nivas Malabar Fish Curry @ Cochin Nivas Thursday morning Sunday Bake Shop Thursday morning Sunday Bake Shop

Music event: I went to a free event at Shinjuku Motion that featured (M)otocompo. First to play was Kagakutokusōtai, a band that mainly plays hit songs from SF movies (Godzilla, Ultraman, etc.). Their sound was quite amazing, and also they even had a super robot show up in the crowd towards the end of their set. Next was idol group Hauptharmonie who had many quite good songs.

Turned out that (M)otocompo announced that they have 3 new members (acoustic drums, bass and guitar), and also in addition to their saxophonist they introduced a horn section (this time with an additional trombone) called OTO2 Horns (pronounced "oto-oto Horns"). Watch this digest clip of their introduction.

(M)otocompo (M)otocompo (M)otocompo

Music release news: hitomitoi

hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel"

Playlist: YMCK, hitomitoi, Ice Choir, Kero Kero Bonito, HNC, frenesi, "Crue-L Cafe II"

YMCK "Family Dancing" hitomitoi "Pacific High / Aleutian Low" Ice Choir "Afar" Kero Kero Bonito "Intro Bonito" HNC "CULT" frenesi "gendai" hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel" Various Artists "Crue-L Cafe II"

This week's video: Vanilla Beans "onna wa sore o gaman shinai" (Short ver.) Single coming November 18!

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