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Tsugaru Shamisen Live Performance Asobenomori Iwakiso Ryokan, Aomori

Tsugaru Shamisen Live Performance Asobenomori Iwakiso Ryokan, Aomori

This live Tsugaru shamisen performance was recorded in the Asobenomori, Iwakisou ryokan in Aomori Prefecture – right at the very northern-most tip of the largest island Honshu. Tsugaru jamisen or Tsugaru shamisen refers to both the Japanese genre of shamisen music originating from Tsugaru Peninsula in present-day Aomori prefecture and the instrument it is performed with. Tsugaru jamisen is considered the most recognized genre of shamisen music, and has enjoyed multiple periods of popularity in…

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Suzume Odori Aoba Festival, Sendai

Suzume Odori Aoba Festival, Sendai

  The 350 year old annual Aoba Festival takes place in the city of Sendai (in Miyagi Prefecture) on the third Saturday and Sunday in May each year. The Saturday includes Suzume Odori or ‘Sparrow Dance’ performances, where dozens of different troupes compete against each other. Dances include whirling fans (symbolising bird feathers) around to the beat of drums, flutes, and cymbals. The troupe in this film represent a local nursery school with some of…

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What The $*@# Happened To Kodo?!

What The $*@# Happened To Kodo?!

I recently went to see Japan’s, no…, make that the world‘s leading exponents of taiko drumming – the Kodo drummers. Or at least I thought that’s what I was going to see. By the end of the evening I was left wondering: what the hell has happened to the Kodo drummers?! They were performing at the Barbican Centre in London as part of their 35th Anniversary World Tour. I’ve seen them several times before down…

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An Insider’s Guide To Tokyo’s Live House Scene

An Insider’s Guide To Tokyo’s Live House Scene

“A live house (ライブハウス) is a Japanese live music club – a music venue featuring live music. The term is a Japanese coinage (wasei eigo) and is mainly used in East Asia. It most frequently refers to smaller venues, which may double as bars, especially featuring rock, jazz, blues, and folk music.” – Wikipedia.org   Welcome to the Live House Pleasuredome When I first stepped foot in Shimokitazawa Shelter (one of Japan’s Live Houses) around…

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Our First Award!

Our First Award!

Thank you so much to the unique band Das Flüff for awarding us with their 2015 “Spreading The Fluff Love Award” as part of their annual awards (yes, a band that has their very own annual awards!) for my post about their visit to Japan and the shooting of the video for their song “Tokyo Daisuki”. This is our first award! Taking inspiration from the canon of alternative lead females down the years, and occasionally…

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How I Got To DJ In Tokyo

How I Got To DJ In Tokyo

Here’s the story of how I got to DJ in Tokyo. I’ve long been a fan of electronic music. My moment of epiphany came in July 1977. We didn’t have much spare money when I was growing up and one of the things we did to save a little, was when I needed a haircut, instead of going to a barbers, I went across the road to a friend’s house, where their mum did haircutting…

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A friend’s first visit to Japan (Tokyo Daisuki!)

When a friend, Dawn Lintern, who is the lead singer in a band called Das Fluff (dasfluff.com) was on a tour in Tokyo, she posted these wonderful first impressions of Japan on her Facebook page. I asked if I could share it here. If you’ve never been to Japan – this conjures up just the right image I think… “Fish that’s still jumping when it gets delivered to the restaurant, Geisha girls with slimy business…

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