April 23, 2009
Curious though that this was big news within hours of his arrest, yet the former finance minister Shoichi Nakagawa appearing at a G7 press conference three sheets to the wind only made waves in Japan after it had been reported in the European media.
April 22, 2009
April 20, 2009
Sketch 2009 Version - Re-Trick
Latona - The Fascinations
Bossa Blue Port - Birds of Paradise
Chitterlings Con Carne - Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers
Clear As Water - Una Mas Trio
Patch It Up - Roy Lee Johnson
Hide Out - The Hideaways
Deeper Waters (Eva Be's Secret Love Remix) - Recloose
Morning Brings The Light - Grand Union
April 09, 2009
The lower part of Tetsugakudo (Philosopher's Park) is a popualr place for hanami parties and ther were hundreds of people having picnics under the trees there.
Riding or driving along Nakano Dori at this time of year is like going through a light pink tunnel. The traffic moves at a much slower pace during these few weeks as drivers slow down to take in the view.
The Nakano Sakura Matsuri was taking place in Arai Yakushi park and even more people were out picnicking here with live performances from enka singers and hula dancers. If you're thinking of going next year, be warned that you need to stake out a picnic spot very early.
So why don't we dance as much as we used to? Well, Ehrenreich puts forwards a number of ideas such as the restrictions of Protestantism, the age of the gun and the emergence of capitalism as contributing to the move away from dance over the centuries. She also suggests that despite all of this, the inner urge still exists, hence the rock revolution of the sixties.
The book as a whole tackles a huge subject and the author chooses to select examples that back up her central ideas quite nicely, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable to read. As Ehrenreich herself acknowledges, most of the examples used are from Western history, yet I think it would be interesting as an aside to discuss with the author what she makes of similar traditions in Asia. Japan, for example, is often cited as an example of a very ordered society, yet at the same time it has a long history of collective celebration in its many festivals many of which are still celebrated today.
A wonderful book that makes you feel good and dares you to dance a bit more.
April 07, 2009
April 04, 2009
April 01, 2009
On leaving the station I walked west for a few blocks, passing a variety of different shops including this place offering a great combination for the middle of the day.
After walking for about ten minutes or so I reached the steps leading up to the impressive Yushima Shrine, with it extensive grounds that make for a pleasant stroll.