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October 10, 2013

【東北ライブハウス大作戦】人と地域と世代を繋ぐ、被災地の3つのライブハウス “Tohoku Live House Daisakusen” 3 Music Venues Built In The Tsunami-Stricken Areas To Connect People, Communities and Generations

2013/10/10

音楽やアートや文学の役割は簡単に定義できるものではないが、311の震災、津波、原発事故後に、日本では多くのアーティストやミュージシャンが「これからアーティスト、表現者として、傷ついた日本や人々の為に何ができるか」と同時多発的に考え行動し、1つの大きな動きとなっているというのは、周りを見渡し耳を澄ませばわかるだろう。東北ライブハウス大作戦は、3.11に反応したアーティスト達により立ち上げられた多くのプロジェクトのうちの1つだ。

Even though the role of music, art and literature isn’t easy to define, if you look around and listen carefully in Japan, it is obvious that there are countless artists simultaneously thinking and acting as a reaction to 3.11 earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear disaster, and creating a single wave as a result. Tohoku Live House Daisakusen (Operation Tohoku Live House) is one of the projects started by a group of artists who reacted to 3.11.

東北ライブハウス大作戦は、西片明人さんが代表を務めるSPC Peak Performanceというサウンドエンジニアチームが立ち上げたプロジェクト。彼らは津波被害を受けた東北三陸沖沿岸地域にある3つの街、岩手県宮古市に「KLUB COUNTER ACTION MIYAKO」、大船渡市に「LIVEHOUSE FREAKS」、宮城県石巻市に「BLUE RESISTANCE」を建設。震災後のわずか1年余りの短い期間で、2012年8月に宮古と大船渡、10月に石巻のライブハウスがオープン。目的は、人と地域と世代を繋ぐため。そしてその基盤となる「場」をつくるため。

SPC Peak Performance, a team of sound engineers represented by Akihito Nishikata, started out Tohoku Live House Daisakusen. They decided to build 3 music venues in Tohoku Sanriku area that were heavily damaged by the tsunami. “Klub Counter Action Miyako” in Miyako, Iwate prefecture, “Livehouse Freaks” in Ohfunato and “Blue Resistance” in Ishimaki, Miyagi prefecture were built in 2012, about a year and the half after the tsunami. The purpose is to create “places” to connect people, communities and generations.

ライブハウス建設の費用捻出は、募金やGOODS販売、さまざまなイベントの収益、チャリティーCD、木札作戦など、全国の賛同者・仲間達の協力で可能となる。

This project was made possible by the donations, the sales of the charity goods, profits from various events, Kifuda Sakusen (operation) ,and thanks to advocates and friends from all over Japan.

筆者は先月9月14、15日に、群馬県の水上高原リゾート200で行われた野外音楽フェス、New Acoustic Campにて、東北ライブハウス大作戦のブースを訪問し、関係者の方にインタビューを行った。

I visited Tohoku Live House Daisakusen’s booth at a music festival called New Acoustic Camp held in Gunma prefecture on Spetember 14-15 and interviewed one of the staffs of the Daisakusen.

東北ライブハウス大作戦のブースでは、プロジェクトに賛同しているアーティストのメッセージ付きの写真がずらりと掲載され、大作戦のイベントのフライヤーが並び、ライブハウスの運営などをはじめとする活動の為の資金源となるTシャツなどのチャリティーグッズの販売が行われた。

At the booth of Tohoku Live House Daisakusen, there were the photos of the supporting artists with their messages all over the tent, many flyers of their events, and the charity goods such as T-shirts to raise money for their music venues.

東北ライブハウス大作戦のブースの隣には幡ヶ谷再生大学のブースがあり、震災後に何トンもの米や食料を被災地に届けたり、被災地で子供達が遊べる公園を作る作業などを記録した多くの印象深い写真が展示されていた。

Right next to Tohoku Live House Daisakusen was Hatagaya Saisei Daigaku (Hatagaya Re-birth University) ‘s booth, and the photos displayed there told the stories of people who delivered tons of rice and food to the disaster-stricken areas in Tohoku and worked on the rebirth of the communities after the disaster.

インタビューに答えてくれた、大作戦のUstream班で活躍している高橋さんは、大船渡のライブハウスを拠点に育った若いバンドが、例えばツアーで東京でライブをやって、「大船渡出身のバンドです」と言える日が来るのを楽しみにしていると語った。大作戦で活動をしていると、東北と東北の外との繋がりが確実に生まれてきているのを感じると彼は言う。

The interviewee Mr. Takahashi said that he is looking forward to seeing the days when musicians who grew up based around these venues go on tour and say that “we are from Ohfunato,” in other parts of Japan. Mr. Takahashi, who is witnessing this project growing, says that the connection between Tohoku and the other parts of Japan is already starting to build.

人々が集まり出会い、表現を磨き、コミュニティーをつくることが可能なライブハウスという場所を被災地につくることで、地元でバンドや文化や繋がりが育つ。そしてゆくゆくはこれらのライブハウスを拠点にして育ったミュージシャン達が音楽を通じて更に広い繋がりをつくってゆく。そのような未来へ繋がってゆくビジョンを東北ライブハウス大作戦は持っているようだ。

By building music venues in the disaster-stricken areas, they are providing the place where people can gather and meet, polish their expression, and create communities. And eventually the musicians based in the area will make even larger connection through music. Tohoku Live House Daisakusen’s vision is very much focused on the future.

有志で集まったミュージックビデオ関係者が製作した、東北ライブハウス大作戦のドキュメンタリー映画の公開も始まっている。ドキュメンタリーは2012年の9月12日から16日まで行われた「AIR JAM東北ライブハウス大作戦TOUR」を中心に撮影され、大作戦に関わる人々や繋がりを追った映画。TOSHI-LOWさん(BRAHMAN)、クハラカズユキさん(The Birthday)、りょーめーさん(爆弾ジョニー)がナレーションを担当している。

Their documentary movie created by a team of volunteers from the music video industry is now playing as well. The documentary, narrated by TOSHI-LOW (BRAHMAN), Kuraha Kazuyuki (The Birthday) and Ryomei (Bakudan Jhonny), focuses on one of their projects “AIR JAM Tohoku Live House Daisakusen Tour.”

今週末の10月12日に、大阪市のNOON+CAFEで上映会が行われる。1ドリンク制で、鑑賞料は投げ銭。現在全国でライブハウス、映画館、カフェなどの上映場所を募集している。鑑賞料は投げ銭制で、収益は今後の大作戦の活動資金となる。

The movie will play at NOON+CAFE in Osaka on October 12. They are looking for more places such as music venues, movie theaters and cafes to show the film all over Japan. The tickets fees are suggested donation, and the sales of the movie will be the fund for the venues.

忘れられ、孤立してしまっていると言われがちな被災地だが、このように強い意志を持って繋がりをつくり出そうとしている人々がいる。彼らの間には、世間一般に充満しているような諦めや無関心や悲壮感は無い。代わりに彼らにはクリエイティビティーやビジョンや行動力や生命力がある。

Generally speaking, the disaster-stricken areas are rather forgotten and isolated from the rest of Japan. However there are people with strong will working on making the connection. Among them, there are no feelings of pessimism, apathy and give up, which seems to be a pervasive mood among the general population. Instead, they have creativity, vision, action and spirit.

被災地に建設された3つのライブハウス。震災後の瓦礫の中に建てられたライブハウスの景観は、東北の人々や、訪れた人々や、それらを実際に建ちあげる為に力を尽くした人々の目にどのように映り、これからどのような繋がりや文化がそこから生まれるのだろうか。

3 music venues standing in the devastated areas. What would they look like to the eyes of the people in Tohoku, the visitors and the people who worked hard to actually build them. What kind of connections and culture will they generate from there?

苦難の時にこそ、物質的、金銭的なサポートだけではなく、人々が実際に集まり、話し、繋がり、音楽を奏で、踊ることは必要だ。街を壊滅させ、人々の心の中にテクスチャーを残した震災、その苦難や非日常的な経験の中からどのような新しい表現、音楽が生まれてくるのか、瓦礫の中からどのような芽が出て育ってゆくのか、そしてこれから彼らの表現を目撃した人々がどのように感じるのか、これからも注目していきたい。

Hard times require not only financial and material supports but also people gathering, talking, connecting, playing music and dancing together. 3.11 disaster devastated Tohoku area and left a texture in people’s hearts. It is worth paying attention to the new expression, music and culture coming out from the people who experienced this out-of-ordinary disaster, and how their expressions make the audience feel.

April 12, 2013

Shoko Hachiya’s Last Art Sale In San Diego

April 11th, 2013 -San Diego

Shoko Hachiya is moving back to Japan on April 26th, and she is selling most of her art works that she made in San Diego from 2010-2013. Here’s the price list.

mixed medium on canvas 12 x 30 $100

mixed medium on canvas
12 x 30
$100
SOLD

mixed medium on canvas 30 x 40 $150

mixed medium on canvas
30 x 40
$150
SOLD

Acrylic on canvas  11 x 14 $60

Acrylic on canvas
11 x 14
$80

"FOCUS" mixed medium on wood 12 x 12 $60

“FOCUS”
mixed medium on wood
12 x 12
$60
SOLD

"Linear Time Limitation" mixed medium on wood 10 x 10 $80

“Linear Time Limitation”
mixed medium on wood
10 x 10
$80
SOLD

"Routine Limitation" mixed medium on wood 10 x 10 $80

“Routine Limitation”
mixed medium on wood
10 x 10
$80

"Limitation Of Civilization" mixed medium on wood  10 x 10 $80

“Limitation Of Civilization”
mixed medium on wood
10 x 10
$80
SOLD

Acrylic on wood (2 panels) 12 x 14 + 12 x 14 $50 as a set

Acrylic on wood (2 panels)
12 x 14 + 12 x 14
$50 as a set

mixed medium on paper 12 x 10 (framed) $40

mixed medium on paper
12 x 10 (framed)
$40
SOLD

"Intimate Salon" mixed medium on canvas 12 x 12 $60

“Intimate Salon”
mixed medium on canvas
12 x 12
$60
SOLD

"Bliss Green" mixed medium on canvas 9 x 12 $60

“Bliss Green”
mixed medium on canvas
9 x 12
$60
SOLD

mixed medium on canvas 9 x 12 $60

mixed medium on canvas
9 x 12
$60
SOLD

"Our Collective Amnesia/ Penguins and Avocados"  color pencils and ink on paper 10 x 12  $40

“Our Collective Amnesia/ Penguins and Avocados”
color pencils and ink on paper
10 x 12 (framed)
$40
SOLD

"Our Collective Amnesia/ Night Bird"  color pencils and ink on paper 10 x 12 $40

“Our Collective Amnesia/ Night Bird”
color pencils and ink on paper
10 x 12 (framed)
$40
SOLD

"Our Collective Amnesia/ A View From A Cafe" color pencils and ink on paper 10 x 12 (framed) $40

“Our Collective Amnesia/ A View From A Cafe”
color pencils and ink on paper
10 x 12 (framed)
$40
SOLD

"Head Space: Attempt to Organize Information (to see the consistency in the reality)" mixed medium on canvas 24 x 30 $400

“Head Space: Attempt to Organize Information (to see the consistency in the reality)”
mixed medium on canvas
24 x 30
$400

"Head Space: Unbiased Yet Limited Sight" mixed medium on canvas 16 x 20 $250

“Head Space: Unbiased Yet Limited Sight”
mixed medium on canvas
16 x 20
$250

"Head Space: Childhood and Kokoro" mixed medium on canvas 24 x 36  $150 SOLD

“Head Space: Childhood and Kokoro”
mixed medium on canvas
24 x 36
$150
SOLD

"Phantom Vernacular" mixed medium  25 x 16 $50

“Phantom Vernacular”
mixed medium
25 x 16
$50

"Phantom Vernacular" mixed medium 14 x 11 $30

“Phantom Vernacular”
mixed medium
14 x 11
$30

"Phantom Vernacular" mixed medium 14 x 11 $30

“Phantom Vernacular”
mixed medium
14 x 11
$30

"Phantom Vernacular"  mixed medium  14 x 11  $30

“Phantom Vernacular”
mixed medium
14 x 11
$30

"Phantom Vernacular"  mixed medium  14 x 11 $30

“Phantom Vernacular”
mixed medium
14 x 11
$30

"Phantom Vernacular"  mixed medium 14 x 11 $30

“Phantom Vernacular”
mixed medium
14 x 11
$30

"Glen" 20 x 16 pencil on paper $30

“Glen”
20 x 16 (framed)
pencil on paper
$30
SOLD

"Glen 2" color pencils and ink on paper 20 x 16 (framed) $30

“Glen 2”
color pencils and ink on paper
20 x 16 (framed)
$30

"Satire Series: GMO MOM" color pencils and ink on paper 10 x 4 (framed) $20

“Satire Series: GMO MOM”
color pencils and ink on paper
10 x 4 (framed)
$20
SOLD

"Satire Series: Vampire's Day Dream" collage  5 x 3.5 (framed) $20

“Satire Series: Vampire’s Day Dream”
collage, ink and color pencils
5 x 3.5 (framed)
$20
SOLD

"Satire Series: Exploitation of Insecurity" collage, ink color pencils 5 x 3 (framed) $20

“Satire Series: Exploitation of Insecurity”
collage, ink color pencils
5 x 3 (framed)
$20
SOLD

"Vanishing Tigers" mixed medium on canvas 14 x 11 $30

“Vanishing Tigers”
mixed medium on canvas
14 x 11
$30

"Mushroom Man" mixed medium on paper 10 x 12 (framed) $30

“Mushroom Man”
mixed medium on paper
10 x 12 (framed)
$30

mixed medium on paper 20 x 16 (framed) $50

mixed medium on paper
20 x 16 (framed)
$50

mixed medium on paper 20 x 16 (framed) $50

mixed medium on paper
20 x 16 (framed)
$50

ink and acrylic on paper 12 x 10 (framed) $20

ink and acrylic on paper
12 x 10 (framed)
$20

"Japan's natural disasters and man-made disasters" mixed medium on canvas 16 x 20 $50

“Japan’s natural disasters and man-made disasters”
mixed medium on canvas
16 x 20
$50
SOLD

"A Scene" mixed medium on wood 18 x 24 $350

“A Scene”
mixed medium on wood
18 x 24
$350

April 4, 2013

Graffiti Becomes A Popular Stress Relief Method Among Overworked Businessman In New Orleans

April 3rd, 2013- New Orleans

What kind of people do you imagine are doing graffiti? Street artists? Rebellious kids? In 2013, it’s been a trend for businessman to do graffiti as a form of stress relief in New Orleans. Mark, 42, has been working on his graffiti during his lunch break and after-work recreational hours. “I used to do nothing ‘crazy’ or socially unacceptable, but after seeing my ocean (Gulf of Mexico) murdered by BP in my hometown, I just thought, ‘fuck it.’ Why is it OK for BP to spill shit tons of oil in the gulf of Mexico, pay a small amount of fine which is insignificant as a parking ticket to a huge company like BP. On the other hand, I could get arrested if I walk around naked or pooped on the street. What kind of logic is that? I’m just really sick of this money driven world,” Mark says.

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Mark has been overworked for about 20 years to support his family and to be a respected and responsible adult, living up to his conservative parents’ high expectation. But after the oil spill, it came to him that he was basically being an brainless tool for global corporation whose goal is to maximize the profit in the expense of public health, environment, functioning eco-system and human rights and anything that can possibly be exploited in the world. He realizes that his wife and children hate him because he never has time to spend with them, and his parents are good people but buy into the corporate propagandas like naive babies. His kids are obese, his wife is miserable and the gulf is full of deformed sea creatures.

So he started doing graffiti. “I randomly watched a documentary about Banksy, I thought it was just OK at that time. But I don’t know why but the idea of doing graffiti came to my mind one night. The next Sunday, I woke up, went out to buy some spray cans, went into an abandoned house that destroyed by Katrina and started spray painting. My tag is a pooping man, it came quite naturally. And I see a tag of a man who is flipping middle finger around the town a lot. And I think it actually might be my overworked co-worker’s tag,” he says. Mark has seen his co-worker, with backpack full of something, walking into an abandoned warehouse during the lunch break a couple of times.

Sometimes doing graffiti can provide a feeling of liberation, freedom and youthfulness, and that feeling ends up enabling businessman to release their crazy stress, a psychologist Craig Manson says. It is only natural that this trend is happening among one of the most stressed out demographic. A characteristic about this demographic is that they are upper middle class so they have OK finance, but they are kind of people who slaved away their time. Often their physical and mental health and the quality of life is below the average. Their demanding work depletes their time, energy, and will power to enrich their internal wealth.

Now Mark is thinking about quitting his job, spending time with his family and becoming a provocative artist.

March 28, 2013

Dogmatic And Biased San Diego Event Guide For The Next 2 Days By Kajiki Production

March 28th, 2013 -San Diego

Culture in San Diego does seem to hit the ceiling, but somehow sometimes there are too many good cultural events to go to. This Thursday and Friday nights are those nights. Let Kajiki Production help you decide which event and why with our insightful local knowledge.

Thursday, 3/28: “me vs. me.com” vs “Damian vs DKC”

There are 2 conflicting events on Thursday nights. So Say We All‘s VAMP Showcase “me vs me.com” at The Whistle Stop Bar in South Park, and a benefit show for a man named Damian who’s fighting rare bone disease DKC, “Damian vs. DKC (Dyskeratosis Congenita)” with a great lineup of local bands, Cuckoo Chaos, Grand Tarantula, and Buddy Banter at the propagandist in downtown.

VAMP Showcase, the last Thursday of every month at the Whistle Stop Bar, is a story telling event that features 8 story tellers each show with a different theme. This month’s theme is “me vs. me.com” You can sip your drink, relax and listen to unique stories told by locals. It’s a humanizing experience to listen to stories of people’s lives. There are writing and performing coaches who help to make sure the stories are polished, so the performers won’t disappoint you. For this showcase, one of the hosts, Nathan Young is going to perform. On top of the writing workshop, revising the story and practicing the performance, he’s been jogging to get in shape for this performance. ($5 suggested donation)

A rivaling event on the same night is a great show as well. Needless to say, Cuckoo Chaos is a great sophisticated band. Even New York Times knows that. If you live in San Diego and haven’t seen them live, you definitely should go see them while you can. Grand Tarantula is also a great rock’n’roll band with a solid vocalist Jordan Clark. Buddy Banter, punk garage band, will show you a fun time for sure. And your donation money will help Damian get much needed marrow transplant. ($5 minimum donation)

A good news is, VAMP Showcase ends early. It ends around 10:30pm. So technically you can go to both events, get good stories, get humanized, get good music, get cultured, party hard and help a guy.

Friday, 3/29: Sioux Magazine’s Southern Sojourn vs. farewell pizza party for Jordan Hammond

Sioux Magazine‘s Southern Sojourn is presenting great psychedelic art & music from Southern California at Gregg’s Art & Surf .Co in Ocean Beach. California 666, JOY, Brian Ellis Group will satisfy your craving for quality psychedelic music. If you are tired of wussy indie rock, this event is for you. Classic Rock Magazine wrote about Brian Ellis’ other band Astra, “Along with the UK’s very own Diagonal, this San Diego quintet represent everything that’s cool about progressive rock in a classic -or should that be ‘timeless’ sense -The musicianship is stunning; lead guitarist Brian Ellis is this generation’s Steve Howe- but beyond. Can someone please tell me why Astra aren’t huge?” So that’s what you are going to see, stunning musicianship, at this event.

But if you are a great friend of Jordan Hammond from Primitive Noyes, you might want to go to his handcrafted vegan pizza party at Tree House to say goodbye to him. Yes, Mr. Hammond is moving to San Francisco. You might wonder, “Didn’t he move to Austin, Texas or something kinda recently?” Yes he did, but he came back to San Diego because he loves San Diego so much. You can read an article about the last time he left San Diego by Seth Comb here.

Again, this pizza party starts early, around 6 p.m. meaning you can go get tasty vegan pizza, say goodbye to Jordan, and go to Ocean Beach to get your mind blown by psychedelic music and art.

March 9, 2013

Local Artists And Musicians Will Blast The Habitat House With Colorful Art And Music

March 9th, 2013- San Diego

On Saturday, March 9th, a group of local San Diego artists and musicians will blast the Habitat House (1008 21st Street, San Diego)  with colorful art and music. The initial plan was to charter a helicopter and dump 100 gallons of paints from the sky onto the house, then have people dance on the roof, have them walk around and leave the colorful footprints all over. However, it was way out of the budget and also Zack, an owner of Habitat House, declined the plan. Now the plan is to respect the house, art, music and the people and give out a good vibration and provide warm, fun and inspiring time.

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Artists showing their work are Shoko Hachiya, Danica Molenaar, Hugo Fernando Fierro and Keith Milgaten. Hachiya is about to going back to her home country Japan to utilize the universal healthcare to fix her teeth and save her people from nuclear bullshit. “Japan needs me and my teeth need an affordable dentist,” she says. She also made two adorable stop motion animation flyers for this show. Molenaar, known for dark and psychedelic narrative pieces, will be showing her brand new pieces that are more experimental and abstract.

Three electronic music acts will be also very colorful. Keith Sweaty will blast his intricate party techno. Mystery Cave will take you to a magical mystery tour, and Recycled Dolphin (Balloons) has an elaborate plan to blow your mind with gameboy music and multi-media visual he is creating for this show. The show starts at 7 p.m.

Citybeat article about the show:

http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/article-11554-shoko-hachiya-says-a-%E2%80%98weird-goodbye.html

February 28, 2013

Five Steps To Spend A Really Fun Thursday Night In San Diego

February 28th, 2013 -San Diego, California

1. Jenga. Start out the night by playing Jenga with good friends to get blood circulation going. Moderate amount of alcohol recommended at this stage. This is a crucial stage to get a momentum going for the night.

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2. “Phantom Vernacular” closing reception at Disclosed Unlocation 6-9 p.m.

Disclosed Unlocation: 1925 30th Street, San Diego

After the Jenga session, go see some art, think and play with your perspective. Group Art Installation by Jfre Robot Coad, Andrea Giaier, William Goff, Shoko Hachiya, Daniel Headley, Annie Perkins and Cari Veach ,which had a opening back in December 2012, is going to have a closing reception tonight to say good-bye. J Doerck and Jason Sores are going to be playing audio component for the show.

3. VAMP Showcase “Dirty Talk vol.2” at Whistle Stop Bar 8:30-11p.m.

After getting some wine and cheese and art blast at the gallery, walk to Whistle Stop for some story time. Every last Thursday of the month is So Say We All’s VAMP Showcase at Whistle Stop Bar. Sip your drink, relax and listen to unique stories performed by cute intelligent locals. Tonight’s vamp features David Latham, Juliet Escoria, Marion Wilson, Justin Hudnall, Jennifer Jamall, Eddie Deull, Yesi Padilla, Holland Holzer, Delia Knight.  https://www.facebook.com/events/458346487555381/

4. Drinking Whiskey on the beach

VAMP showcase ends early, around 11p.m. So why not go to the beach and drink some whiskey with friends, listen to the ocean, have some intellectual talks and look for UFO.

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5. Someone’s birthday party in a random hotel room

After the beach, go to the random hotel birthday party that you were somehow invited to.

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February 22, 2013

カワセミ氏ついに夢の魚の捕獲に成功 Mr.Kingfisher Finally Catches His Dream Fish

Feb 22nd, 2013 -Chiba, Japan

魚捕獲に対する熱い情熱で知られるカワセミ氏が、2月21日午後2時15分頃、千葉県の上座公園で彼が夢見続けた夢の魚を捕獲することに成功しました。インタビューで今の心境を彼は、とても誇らしく歓喜に満ちていると語りました。

Mr. Kingfisher, known for his life-long passion for catching fish, finally catches his dream fish at Jyouza park in Chiba, Japan. In the interview, Mr. Kingfisher says he feels extremely proud and overjoyed.

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カワセミ氏が捕獲した魚は彼の体とほぼ同じくらいの大きさの大物で、魚を呑み込むのに30分くらいかかったと彼は話します。普通彼が捕まえる魚はこの魚よりもずっと小さく、こんなに大きな魚を捕まえたのは6年ぶりだそうです。特に近年では魚の平均サイズは小さくなっており、川、湖や海での魚の数も減っています。生魚とあうお酒はなんですかというリポーターの問いに、「日本酒もいいが、生魚とあうのはやっぱりキンキンに冷えた生ビールやがな」と彼は嬉しそうに話しました。魚を加えた姿の肖像画を地元の画家に描いてもらったと彼は至福の表情で語りました。

The fish was almost as big as himself, and it took him about half an hour to swallow the fish, he says. Fish he catches is usually a lot smaller. He hadn’t had a fish this big for 6 years. Especially in recent years, the average size of fish is getting smaller as well as the number of fish in rivers, lakes and oceans. “Even though sake is very good, ice cold beer is the best with raw fish,” he gladly answered to the reporter’s question “what’s the best alcohol to drink with fish.” He told the reporter with a blissful smile that he got a portrait of himself holding the fish done by a local painter.

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写真家:蜂谷勲

Photographer: Isao Hachiya

February 16, 2013

Ryuichi Sakamoto Shows What’s Up At UC Berkeley 坂本龍一、バークレー大学で粋な生き方を示す

February 16th, 2013 -Berkeley

Ryuichi Sakamoto, internationally acclaimed musician, gave a talk about eco-activism in Japan and the U.S. after Fukushima, and also had a solo piano recital on Feb 9th at UC Berkeley. Mr. Sakamoto is one of the few Japanese public figures who could speak out against nuclear energy industry and be the voice that Japanese people desperately need after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Many anti-nuke people who spoke about the nuclear disaster on Japanese television were silenced, eliminated from the television medium and practically lost their voice. However, Mr. Sakamoto is still going strong to push eco-activism for people and the planet and spreading positive hope for people. Nikki Cameron, local artist who was at the event says, “he is so punk and hardcore and charismatic!”

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At the event, Mr. Sakamoto inspired the audience with his world-class musical talent, intelligence and heart and showed what’s up with formidable dignity and charisma. In addition, American rock star professors backed up Mr. Sakamoto. Fritjof Capra, author of Tao Of Physics, Barbara Rose Johnston and Brett L. Walker gave presentations about the issue from different aspects to give more profound and comprehensive understanding about the issue. The team of a world-class musician and professors gave the audience very high anticipation and they didn’t let them down. Glen Romett, one of the audience who flew from San Diego for this event, said with a beaming smile, “I feel like I am a teenager who are going to Radiohead concert! I’m that excited!” Greg Poland said, “those people are like Jedi!” He was single-mindedly taking a note during the presentation.

At his concert that night, Mr. Sakamoto showed his overwhelmingly precise and beautiful control of the sound. He performed many of his hit songs such as a song from Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence. But he also surprised the audience. At the very beginning of the concert, Mr. Sakamoto and Ken Ueno performed an experimental noise and vocal piece that sounded disturbing, intense, scary and highly intriguing. It sounded like as if the lid of the hell was removed and monsters were coming out. Keiko Sakata, one of the audience, said that she thought the piece was about the nuclear disaster and radiation.

国際的に評価されているミュージシャンの坂本龍一さんが、2月9日にカリフォルニア州立バークレー大学で福島での原子力発電所事故後の日本とアメリカでのエコアクティビズムという題の講義とソロのピアノリサイタルを行いました。坂本さんは原子力発電所の事故後に脱原発の活動を続け、日本の国民が切実に必要としている声になっている数少ない日本の著名人の一人です。日本のテレビで脱原発、原子力反対派の発言をした著名人達の多くは、テレビ界から追放され事実上声を失いました。しかし坂本さんは今でも人々や環境の為にエコアクティビズムの活動を力強く続け、人々にポジティブな希望を与えています。イベントに来ていたローカルアーティスト、ニッキー・キャメロンは「彼はパンクでハードコアでカリスマ性がある!」と感激の声を上げました。

イベントで坂本さんは、世界クラスの音楽の才能と知性と心を示し、ただならぬ威厳とカリスマで、粋な人間性と生き方で観客に強いインスピレーションを与えました。さらにアメリカの大学教授陣も坂本さんを力強くサポートしました。タオ・オブ・フィジックスの著者あるフリチョフ・カプラ、バーバラ・ローズ・ジョンストン、ブレット・エル・ウォーカーは原子力問題に対するより深く包括的な理解を深めるために、様々な局面から問題にメスを入れ、プレゼンを披露しました。世界クラスのミュージシャンと頭脳のチームはオーディエンスに高い期待を持たせましたが、彼らはそれを裏切りませんでした。このイベントの為にサンディエゴからやって来たグレン・ロメットは「レディオヘッドのライブを観たティーンエイジャー並に興奮してます!」と輝く笑顔で語った。グレッグ・ポーランドは「彼らはまるでジェダイのようだ!」と言い、プレゼン中には一心不乱にノートをとっていました。

夜のピアノコンサートでは、坂本さんは恐ろしく正確で美しい音のコントロールを見せつけました。彼は戦場のメリークリスマスなど、たくさんのヒット曲を演奏しましたが、観客へのサプライズも用意していました。コンサートの一番始めに、坂本氏は上野ケン教授と、不気味で強烈で戦慄的で、おどろおどろとした興味をかき立てる、エクスペリメンタル・ノイズ&ボーカルのセッションを披露しました。それはまるで地獄の蓋が開いて、妖怪たちが続々と這い出してくるような音でした。オーディエンスの坂田桂子さんは「あのピースはきっと今回の原子力発電所の事故と、そこからばらまかれている放射能汚染についての曲なんだと思います」と語りました。

January 31, 2013

Purple//Image Trancends To A Super Saiyan

January 30th, 2013 -San Diego

Purple//Image, Alex Gray from Sun Araw, demolished walls, floor, ceiling, bottles of liquor with a single sampler at the venue he played last night. When he screamed, “My girlfriend just broke up with me!!!!!” in a brief silent moment between demolishing loud sound he was projecting, he transcended to a super Saiyan.

An expert says that sometimes strong emotional reaction brings out the human strength in unexplainable high level. When Goku transcended to a super Saiyan, the situation involved a death of his great friend Kuririn. “I think a similar emotional reaction happened to  Purple//Image during his set.”

Audience experienced a very untypical musical experience during the set. “It felt like I was an astronaut clinging to my seat waiting for the space shuttle to finally reach the space for like 30 minutes. It was like future of music. I was in an awe.” Jamaal Clarke said.

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http://sunaraw.bandcamp.com/

January 30, 2013

Local Venue The Void Smells Amazing The Morning After Nite Ritual’s Performance

January 29th, 2013 -Normal Heights, San Diego

Alex Kacha, the new owner of a live music venue The Void, formerly known as Bar Eleven, noticed the venue had an extremely refreshing and delightful scent the morning after Nite Ritual, a local electric music act, performed at the venue.

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Nite Ritual used props for the performance such as candles, a red wine glass, a board with symbols and sage burning that enhanced his layered dark electric sound. A local witch said the refreshing scent was from the sage that Nite Ritual burned before his performance. A vampire said he didn’t like it.

Other acts from last night were Polyphase (Brian Ellis), Professor Paradox and the Medicine Machine and Shamu Soul (Jamaal Clarke). This unique line-up brought a wide variety audience such as break dancers, elderly people, UCSD students, functional alcoholics, wizards, dog owners and musicians.

Lately San Diego musicians are taking the visual part of the show more into account. Cathedral X has done a variety of visual performances that involved dancers, artistic props, costumes and lights to the point that their shows were almost like experimental abstract conceptual theatrical pieces. Eagles Nest Productions have been providing live video projections to many musical acts. Operation Mindblow has been providing psychedelic visuals of flowing colors for deserving local bands such as JOY and Dahga Bloom.

Under the new ownership, the Void is starting fresh with a brand-new name and a great scent of sage. If you go to the Void tonight to see Primitive Noyes, Purple // Image (Alex Gray from Sun Araw), Mystery Cave, Asha, Bill Wesley, 100 LBS of Smoke, you will notice the freshness brought by Nite Ritual all around the venue. The show tonight (1/29/13) is FREE. The Void is located at 3519 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego.