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the Shouryoue

08Mar14

The Shouryoue (聖霊会) is held every year on the 22nd of April to commemorate the death of Shotoku Taishi (聖徳太子), a semi-legendary imperial regent credited with facilitating the spread of Buddhism and founding Shitennoji temple (四天王寺) in Osaka and Horyuji temple (法隆寺) in present day Nara.  This commemorative ceremony, which is over a thousand years […]


If you’re fascinated by patterns in nature — and you should be — then the videos of Dennis Hlynsky are for you.  I’m not sure what techniques Hlynsky, who teaches at the Rhode Island Institute of Design, uses to create the tracer effect in his videos, but it’s a truly impressive effect in terms of […]


Last night I took the train to the Higashinari area of Osaka to see ANOTEN, the Yoshitomo Ano (阿野義知) exhibit at Ponte M (match point アテリエ).  match point (マッチポイント) is a company — or collective? — that sells candles and organizes candle-making workshops as part of a larger counter-cultural effort to build community and create […]


Last week my friend Miyuki and I visited the 2013 Dojima River Biennale — being held at the Dojima River Forum — so we could listen to ice records.  The Biennale is a masterclass in curatorial intelligence: centered around the theme of ‘water,’ the exhibit showcases a huge variety of highly-pleasing work.  I’m sure that […]


I like to listen to as much music as possible, and I’m picky and old-fashioned in two ways: 1) I like to listen to complete albums, beginning to end.  2) I almost never listen to music on a computer, and rarely on a portable digital player; instead, I like to crank up the hi-fi if […]


About a decade ago, I bought my first turntable.  My family had always had a turntable — part of an incredibly cheap all-in-one audio system — but I was born at exactly that moment in time when it seemed to make sense to put your money into CDs and cassettes because vinyl was clearly going […]


On Saturday I went to Kobe to see my friend Ida Masashi (井田 将史) who was participating in volume 12 of the Hinatamizu Ambience (ひなたみずアンビエンス) series of collaborative performances at space eauuu (スペース・オー), a fantastic art and music space.  This particular collaboration involved a series of performances of electro-acoustic ambient music accompanied by the gradual […]



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