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.

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Fringe Club!

23 04 2016

After dinner at the Ship Tavern, my friends, their daughter and myself went to check out the “Fringe Club!“, an a cappella performance event in Covent Garden.

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The featured performers of the evening were two non-professional a cappella vocal ensembles, one all-female, an older bunch and the other a college student group, both of which required audience participation that was, to my surprise, rather fun.





A Belated Post About Music, Sushi, Soft Serves and Nails in the Month of December, 2015

14 01 2016

The musical activities.

One sushi night at my fave sushi joint.

A couple of soft serves to satisfy my addiction.

And nails for the holiday season.

 





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.





Dining with Janis at Liberté à Table de Takeda

5 10 2015

The very special dinner I had with my friend Janis last month just before I left for my Viet Nam-Brunei trip was at a French but heavily-influenced-by-Japanese-and-sometimes-other-Asian-cuisines-using-a-variety-of-local-produce restaurant in the Azabujuban neighborhood where there is a good mix of old and new Tokyo as well as much foreign presence.

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The venue

The restaurant has two menus for dinner and we chose a shorter one with fewer courses but which was plenty.  We also asked for a wine pairing with our dishes.  All was marvelous.

Bubbles to start. Did not get the bottle pictured.

Bubbles to start. Did not get the bottle pictured.

Janis gave me a book and she is a true "New York City curiosity" in so many good ways.

Janis gave me a book and she herself is a true “New York City curiosity” in so many good ways.

And now the dinner and the wines.  I didn’t take notes so I’m not going to try to explain but there were some very interesting ingredients, not so much if in Japanese cuisine but definitely in the French kitchen, one of them being Chinese softshell turtle.

And the dessert.

Bliss.  The restaurant comes with one Michelin star.

Liberté à Table de Takeda





Eating Out in Tokyo, September, 2015

4 10 2015

I realized I had none of my “Tokyo eats” up from last month so here we go with a whole collection including sushi and other Japanese, Italian, French, Taiwanese, Moroccan, etc.  One very special meal I did with a visiting US friend deserves a separate post so saving that for later.

To start off, a very good fish restaurant in Shibuya I went to for the first time.

My regular sushi joint in Daizawa, Setagaya-ku.

A casual impromptu gathering with friends after the Tokyo Jazz Festival in Yurakucho.

A quiet night out with an LA-residing English friend in Hiroo.

A birthday party with six girls, a happy bunch.

A sushi lunch in Shibuya.

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An amazing Taiwanese dinner in Ikenoue as part of our “eating around the world in Tokyo” project with my two very good friends.

More sushi in Daizawa this time with parents in celebration of the “Respect for the Aged Day”, a holiday people rarely celebrate but they found a reason to.  ^^

The very special dinner I mentioned above which will be a future post.

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This was supposed to be an Italian dinner but it was a bit questionable which was too bad.  In Gaienmae.

A surprisingly good pizzeria in Roppongi for a pre-Manhattan Transfer show dinner.

A Moroccan lunch in Nishiazabu.

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A (ful)filling month!





Music! and Movies! in the Month of September, 2015

3 10 2015

My musical experiences from last month in Tokyo…

The 14th Tokyo Jazz Festival

The 14th Tokyo Jazz Festival over two days. Saw Bob James, Esperanza Spalding, Adam at, Lee Ritenour, Fourplay with Lee and Larry Carlton at Tokyo International Forum

Idemitsu Music Awards Gala Concert honoring this year's three recipients

Idemitsu Music Awards Gala Concert honoring this year’s three recipients at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall

The Manhattan Transfer at Billboard Live Tokyo

The Manhattan Transfer at Billboard Live Tokyo

“Music Storm 2015”, an industry convention at EX Theater Roppongi

The first Japanese cast of Chess, a London musical from the '80s with music by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA

The first Japanese cast of Chess, a London musical from the ’80s with music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre

And films during the same period.

This month’s surprise hits were St. Vincent and Who am I – Kein System is Sicher, the latter being a German film from which I was not expecting anything.  It had a clever storyline and was highly entertaining although the trailer may not fully convey that.








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