Archive for the ‘music’ Category

On August 14th I read some of my father’s poetry as part of an Obon event held at the wonderful MIIT House performance space, a converted butcher shop (hence the name) that often features avant-garde improvisational music and dance. Performers included, among others, Mangrove Kipling on electro-noise box, saxophonics by  Jonas Labhart and Jerry Gordon, […]


The Chondaras

07Aug16

Is Okinawan pierrot cabaret what you’ve been craving? Then The Chondaras (ざ☆ちょんだらーず) are for you. Consisting of a core group of five members, all of whom appear in clown makeup and costumes that might be categorized as tropical vaudeville, The Chondaras cover everything from mellow Okinawan classics to frenzied originals – including a kind of […]


self matsuri

21Feb16

Last year, on September 22nd, I finally got around to visiting Osaka’s Self Matsuri (or ‘Self Festival’ — セルフ祭 in Japanese), a DIY street festival held in the Shinsekai neighborhood that I’ve wanted to attend ever since it was first organized several years ago. The festival primarily takes place in a branch of the Shinsekai […]


A couple of weeks ago I participated in a bookmaking workshop that was led by my friend Miho, a graphic designer who is currently working for a company that specializes in designing sake labels. Technically, this was actually a bookbinding workshop since the guts of the books came to us pre-digested, as it were, but […]


Do I have a Japanese doppelgänger?  I don’t think so, really — but the other day when I was visiting an antique store in Kobe with my friend Miyuki, one of the customers said that I look like Takanori Jinnai (陣内孝則).  I’m pretty convinced that it’s just the dark plastic eyeglass frames that both of […]


I just heard the news that my old friend Christopher Sawyer was named Sonoma County’s top sommelier in The Bohemian’s 2014 “Best Of” awards.  Being named top sommelier in one of the most renowned wine-making regions in the world is no small change.  Sonoma County has changed dramatically since Sawyer and I grew up there, […]


While Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music may have originally been conceived as a contract-fulfilling middle finger directed at the music industry, it’s afterlife as a kind of urtext for the noise music scene has seen it experience a remarkable resurrection over the last decade or so.  An album that was once listed as one of […]