July 31, 2007
I Must Confess - Everything But The Girl
Bossa Tres Bien - Quartette Tres Bien
Oneself-likeness - Quasimode
Par Avion - Marco Di Marco Trio
1974 - Jukka Eskola
Colours of Sea - Joe Haider
The Suspension Bridge at Iguaza Falls - Tortoise
Radio - Our Theory featuring Erik Truffaz
Are You Ready? - Aloe Blacc
Priests from the temple performed some kind of ritual in front of the largest of the statues and people queued to take part, though I'm not entirely sure what it was all about.
Normally, according to the signs, you aren't supposed to take pictures of the statues, but since everybody else was, I decided to follow suit.
Outside the garden in the shade of some enormous trees, there was also a performance by an Indonesian-style gamelan orchestra, together with dance. Their soothing, exotic sounds together with the backdrop of the garden of deities among the trees made it easy to forget that I was actually in the centre of Tokyo.
Less than ten minutes after the end of the performance, the heavens opened and there was a huge storm, sadly extinguishing all the candles in the garden, and everyone ran for cover.
Late July in Japan is matsuri (festival season) and numerous places around the country have their own festival centred around a local community, temple or shrine. Coming out of work on Saturday I caught part of the Kagurazaka matsuri. The narrow street was packed with people watching the dancers perform awa-odori (I think) and slowly make their way up the slope towards the large shrine (the name of which escapes me right now). The first part of the dance parade featured children from local elementary schools, and later it was the turn of the older dancers. I only stopped by for a short time, but it as with many other festivals, it was an enjoyable experience.
July 29, 2007
July 21, 2007
Melancholy - Alvinn Pall Sextet
Behind The Blue Curtains - El Michels Affair
Kryptonite Smokes The Red Line - Isotope 217
Made In Japan - SuperStars
Del Fuego - Fat Freddys Drop
Cuba Libre - Jazz Quintet '60
Universal Four - Timo Lassy
Dangerfield - Grimace Federation
Listen Love - United Future Organization
One thing that bugged me about the book, however, was the poor editing in the translation. On a couple of occasions there are examples of poor English (just when do way say ‘take a leave’ to refer to time off work?), and there are also hints that the translator had run out of ideas for translating a certain phrase and so instead resorts to repetition (‘horn in on’ someone’s business crops up several times in short succession, which was noticeable since it’s not that common a phrase). However, this is not to take away from what is a compelling story. As you might imagine from the title, it doesn’t make for pleasant reading ~ it’s not full of violence, but it is incredibly disturbing to see how the main characters head towards their tragic fate.
July 16, 2007
July 11, 2007
Ugetsu - Jabberloop
African Rumble - Timo Lassy
Disposition - Nils Krogh
Dangerfield - Grimace Federation
Light Up My Life - Spacek
Music is Ruling My Life - Kutiman
Go Je Je - Antibalas
Gimme Yaya - Kokolo
Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth - 24-Carat Black
The days of the wandering troubadour with a battered acoustic guitar seem to have passed. These days a large number of Tokyo buskers have amplified sound and sell their own CDs.