Archive for the ‘performance’ 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Osaka’s Project Obachaaan strikes again.