Movies! and Music! in the Month of October 2016

5 11 2016

Before I go talking about Yangon, Myanmar, here is what was happening in my world of music and film last month.

And here is one movie I did not get to see due to a work commitment despite having won tickets to a special screening at the Tokyo International Film Festival.  What’s more Hugh Grant (my ultimate favorite actor) and Meryl Streep were going to appear in person.

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I did manage to get to the pre-viewing greeting session but it was just Meryl that came on the stage.  Hugh had another movie to shoot (good news) and sent a pre-recorded video message.  Sigh.

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I have yet to see the film which opens on December 1 in Japan.

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Music! and Movies! in the Month of September, 2016

1 10 2016

Music!

And movies!!

Cannot say which one was my favorite but this one was surprisingly funny.  And I don’t even like unrealistic plots but this was OK.





April Sushi! Movies! and Music! All Packed in One

29 04 2016

Yes, I could go on eating sushi everyday actually…

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So that covered the sushi bit.  Now the movies.  Wow.  So many good ones, new and old, deep and funny.

As for music, different genres, lots of in-stores.

For the funniness I choose this French film as my film of the month.





Music! in the Month of January, 2016

2 02 2016

To kick start the new year, it was mostly rock in terms of live performances. And there were a couple of great classic music films one of which I never got to see completely due to Blu-ray malfunction in the theater.  😦

 





Music! in the Month of November, 2015

1 12 2015

A good variety of musical events throughout the month of November.

Hysteric Panic and Angry Frog Rebirth, both Japanese bands, playing at O-West

Hysteric Panic and Angry Frog Rebirth, both Japanese bands, playing at O-West

The good ol' Glenn Miller Orchestra @ the Orchard Hall

The good ol’ Glenn Miller Orchestra @ the Orchard Hall

Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin, the classic GRP line-up at Blue Note Tokyo

Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin, the classic GRP line-up at Blue Note Tokyo

Blue Note red!

Blue Note red!

A music bar that plays music in vinyls and "high-resolution" digital files

A music bar in Shinjuku that plays music in vinyls and “high-resolution” digital files

Mary's Blood in-store event at Tower Records Shibuya

Mary’s Blood in-store event at Tower Records Shibuya

A Canadian music showcase at the Oscar Peterson Theatre at the Embassy of Canada

A Canadian music showcase at the Oscar Peterson Theatre at the Embassy of Canada

A Canadian music seminar where I was a presenter

A Canadian music seminar where I was a presenter

Friends at a Danish record label celebrating its 20th anniversary had brought the celebratory wine to Tokyo

Friends at a Danish record label celebrating its 20th anniversary had brought the celebratory wine to Tokyo

Attended an award ceremony at the Brazilian Ambassador's official residence in honor of Sadao Watanabe, a Japanese saxophone player closely associated with Brazilian music

Attended an award ceremony at the Brazilian Ambassador’s official residence in honor of Sadao Watanabe, a Japanese saxophone player closely associated with Brazilian music

Rajaton, a Finnish a cappella group, at the Oji Hall

Rajaton, a Finnish a cappella group, at the Oji Hall

La Famille Bélier, a French film

La Famille Bélier, a French film

Benny Sings, a Dutch singer-and-songwriter/producer at Billboard Live Tokyo

Benny Sings, a Dutch singer-and-songwriter/producer at Billboard Live Tokyo

Chico & the Gypsies, a French "gypsy" group, at Blue Note Tokyo

Chico & the Gypsies, a French “gypsy” group, at Blue Note Tokyo

The Crunchy Frog wine, Sauvignon Blanc produced and bottled by Charles Smith Wines in Washington, USA

The Crunchy Frog wine, Sauvignon Blanc produced and bottled by Charles Smith Wines in Washington, USA

So glad to have heard Rajaton perform live though I missed the first half of their concert due to other commitments.





Eating Out in Tokyo, October, 2015 Except the Birthday Eats

6 11 2015

What I mean to say is that October being my birthday month, I had a few birthday eats but here are the ones unrelated to my birthday.  So here we go.

Outside and inside the venue at Loud Park 15, a metal festival.  You’ve got to eat to survive the long hours.

Out with colleagues in Akasaka @ Rusticanella for some tasty Italian.

One of the “regular” dinners with a colleague and a mutual friend in Sangenjaya and Italian it was.

At a jazz club in Omotesando.

My current favorite sweets-turned-lunch, acai bowl.

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Random lunch I had at a random cafe in Hanzomon.

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Music! in the Month of October, 2015

31 10 2015

Making a diversion from my Viet Nam posts for a summary of my musical activities for the month of October, 2015 including several music-themed films.

Boychoir, a film

Boychoir, a film

Loud Park 15, a metal festival, over a two-day period

Loud Park 15, a metal festival, over a two-day period @ Saitama Super Arena

Behomoth @ Club Quattro

Behomoth @ Club Quattro

Candy Dulfer with Hans Dulfter @ Blue Note Tokyo

Candy Dulfer with Hans Dulfter @ Blue Note Tokyo

David Sanborn @ Blue Note Tokyo

David Sanborn @ Blue Note Tokyo

Pitch Perfect 2, a film

Pitch Perfect 2, a film

Peter Barakan's Live Magic!, a music festival with lots of bluesy, folky and other adult music @ Ebisu Garden Hall

Peter Barakan’s Live Magic!, a music festival with lots of bluesy, folky rock and other adult music @ Ebisu Garden Hall

Risa Junna in-store event @ Tsutaya Tokyo Roppongi

Risa Junna in-store event @ Tsutaya Tokyo Roppongi

Ex-colleagues' birthday party @ Jazz Bird

Ex-colleagues’ birthday party @ Jazz Bird

Mary's Blood, an all-female Japanese metal band @ Astro Hall

Mary’s Blood, an all-female Japanese metal band @ Astro Hall

Straight Outta Compton, a film

Straight Outta Compton, a film

Mary's Blood in-store event @ Disk Union Shibuya

Mary’s Blood in-store event @ Disk Union Shibuya

Went to see a screening of Straight Outta Compton coming to Japan in December. The biopic is about a hip-hop group N.W.A. that emerged out of Compton, California, in the ’80s.  Felt it was a bit long but the actors were great and behind-the-scenes story interesting.








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