Friday, May 25, 2012

Fulbright 60th Anniversary Reception

The Fulbright Program to Japan is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and last night a reception was held in honor of the event. It was a wonderful gathering. Ambassador John V. Roos, US Ambassador to Japan, spoke and Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko were in attendance. I was honored to be there.



Thursday, May 24, 2012

Bunraku

Took a break in blogging while we were traveling for two weeks. I didn't have the time I thought I would to keep up with this. Just wanted to get a quick post up on the wonderful Bunraku show we went to on Wednesday at the National Theater in Tokyo.


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Showa Day at Meiji Jingu

April 29th was Showa Day. There were many celebrations and ceremonies at Meiji Jingu in honor of Emperor Hirohito. This year is particular important as it is also the 100th anniversary of Emperor Meiji's death. Many great things going on at Meiji Jingu.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Sakura at Shinjuku Gyoen

Greetings - it's spring time in Tokyo! We took a long stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen yesterday to enjoy the cherry blossoms and found much more.




Tokyo Art Fair 2012

Here we are at the Tokyo Art Fair 2012.

Sakura Time at the Kabuki

 Yesterday we were at the National Theatre again for another Kabuki play. We saw Ehon Gappo ga Tsugi, a tale of incredible evil and revenge.


Monday, March 26, 2012

Hakusan Sunset after ensemble NOMAD Rehearsal

Had a wonderful day today! Went to a rehearsal of the new music group ensemble NOMAD with Jo Kondo to hear some more of his pieces. They are recording a cd of 5 of his compositions later this week. Great music - great players, and Very FUN!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March 11, 2012

It has been one year since the terrible earthquake in Tohoku. Many gatherings were going on last weekend. It seemed like a good day to take a walk to Gokoku-ji, the large Buddhist temple in our neighborhood.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Kabuki

Sorry it's been a while since I last posted. Very busy time here in Tokyo. But not so busy that I'd miss a great performance. So yesterday it was Kabuki at the National Theatre of Japan and it was great!


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Setsuban

February 3 is celebrated as Setsuban (the day before of the first day of spring) here in Japan. Given that it is still very cold here in Tokyo it seems a bit early to me but still the sun was shining and it was indeed a beautiful day.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Ginza

Just a few pictures of Ginza in Tokyo. I was there last weekend to visit some galleries and thought these might be interesting. Sorry again for the iPhone picture quality.

On the way out of the neighborhood I noticed that there was still some snow on some roofs.


Sunday, January 29, 2012

SNOW!

So I got one of my wishes last week when it snowed here in Tokyo. It was the middle of the night but I rushed out to take some pictures - our neighborhood in snow!


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sciarrino in Tokyo

I thought I'd put up a short post about the concert I went to last night. Every year the Composium hosts the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award Competition. Each year they invite a different composer to chair the awards committee. Last year it was Salvatore Sciarrino, someone Pacific composition students will remember from our recent Italian Festival.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Akiba to Tokyo Dome

It was a beautiful, sunny Saturday here in Tokyo so after a little shopping trip I decided to skip the subways for a while and take a walk. I started in Akihabara.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Sky Tower

Thought I'd post this even though it is just one shot. I went over to Asakusa yesterday to look at some traditional Japanese musical instrument stores and got a close up view of several architectural landmarks of Tokyo. The Sky Tower is clearly the next big thing in town, both figuratively and literally! It opens in April.



Sunday, January 8, 2012

Comiket81!

It has been a while since I posted anything and I've fallen behind a bit but I did want to blog about my day at Comiket81. Those of you who follow anime and manga may know what this is. For those of you who don't it is a bit hard to explain. Basically it is a huge fair where doujinshi circles (amateur manga groups) show and sell their self-published books and various other things. It is a major event in Tokyo drawing over 500,000 attendees. And it is very crowded even though Tokyo Big Sight, where it is held, is the size of several football fields!
So... lets go - for those of you who are not manga or anime Otaku, I will warn you when we approach the long collection of photos inside the hall.