This is what mine looked like!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Nagatoro is a little off the beaten track in Saitama prefecture. I went there this weekend on Kazu’s suggestion, and I was not disappointed!! There are beautiful mountains and rock formations with a river running through them. The weather was perfect and my only regret is that I went alone. It’s actually not far away, but since I don’t have a car, it took a little over an hour to get there by train. There are 21 stations between Hanyu and Nagatoro! Once I got there I had a climb around on the rocks, made a new friend, took a nap. It was a really nice day.
This is my new friend. His name is Syun. He is 3 years old and likes trains and the color blue. I was just sitting around enjoying the scenery when he came over and said コンニチワ (hello) and did this funky dance for me. He said 目がきれいだよ (you have pretty eyes) and 好きだよ (I like you), and I pretty much was smitten. Yep. Why can’t all guys stay this sweet when they grow up? His parents were also sweet and demanded that photos be taken.
Three stars, don’t you think?
★ ★ ★
Monday, May 10, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Well, for those of you who don’t know, golden week is when Japan has three big holidays right in a row. This means that everyone and their brother must go and travel somewhere over the extended weekend. It’s the busiest travel time of the year next to New Year’s. From my own personal experience I have learned to not do any serious sightseeing during golden week…as the crowds simply make it… un-enjoyable.
I did, however, manage to have a nice break!
I went to the National Art Center in Roppongi to see the Artist File 2010 exhibition. As usual, the National Art Center managed to bring in another top-notch exhibition. I really enjoyed experiencing the varying perspectives of each artist through their works. In the case of this show, some notable indivduals were Naoyo Fukuda and her embroidered books and business cards, Takashi Ishida’s Moving Picture and Still Picture, and the surreal, paint-laden canvasses of Toru Kuwakubo. Yep. It was a good art show.
Then! Lindsey came to Ashikaga!! Wooohoo!! We had kimchi-yakisoba and french toast and had a FANTASTIC time! I played the music festival at Banna-ji, which went all right. I was actually nervous (which I usually am not) and I thought I could have played better, but my singing was adequate. I really appreciated having the chance to participate in the event, and I am thankful to all of my wonderful friends who made it out to the festival. THANK YOU! (I’m sorry I didn’t play my best for you though.)
Then! There was a kitty! On my back step!
Kitty….. Since it was about 90 some degrees outside and I felt quite bad for it, so I gave him some water and named him Sergeant Pepper. Yep. Well.. “Sergeant” only because the positions of “Chairman” and “General” are currently occupied.
So… yeah. Good golden week. Art, music… cats? Oh! And a fantastic balcony-barbeque that happened yesterday (though I ducked out early, since I wasn’t feeling well). Yes. Definitely a good golden week.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
I have a little gig on may 4th at Banna-ji in Ashikaga. My set starts at 11:55 AM. If you have some spare time on your hands this golden week, please drop by! There will be a lot of talented musicians playing at the festival!
- 大泉太鼓 10:00 -10:45
- Red Hibiscus 11:00 - 11:45
★ Bridget Beaver 11:55 - 12:10
- 黎明座 12:30 - 1:15
- Frank Kaneko and the country western boys 1:30-2:15
- The Vicelords of Valhalla 2:30 - 3:15
- Parque Viente 3:30 - 4:15
Hope to see you there!