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August 2015 Archives


.30 (Bi-?)weekly revue: 2015 weeks #34-35 (August 15 to 28)
.14 (Not-quite-)weekly revue: 2015 weeks #32-33 (August 1 to 14)
.01 Weekly revue: 2015 week #31 (July 25 to 31)

August 30, 2015

(Bi-?)weekly revue: 2015 weeks #34-35 (August 15 to 28)

Food: - Pancakes & salmon (!) and affogato at Sunday Bake Shop
- Sri Lankan beef curry at MarieIranganee, Shibuya
- Quiche, lamb, etc. at mimet, Yoyogi-kōen
- Crab & crab & crab at canned crab bar, Yoyogi-Uehara
- Fish & chips et bœuf bourgignon at Bespoque

Pancakes and salmon! Affogato at Sunday Bake Shop Beef curry mimet, Yoyogi-kōen mimet, Yoyogi-kōen Canned crab bar, Yoyogi-uehara Canned crab bar, Yoyogi-uehara Canned crab bar, Yoyogi-uehara

Music event: - On Sunday August 23 was the World Happiness 2015! It was the 8th year this festival organized by YMO's Takahashi Yukihiro was held. I was there mostly to see Nomiya Maki with Kaji Hideki, Scha Dara Parr and also Metafive (super-band of Yukihiro with Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius), Towa Tei, Sunahara Yoshinori et al.). I also especially enjoyed seeing Polysics and King-show (kinniku shōjotai), and also clammbon and Controversial Spark (band of Suzuki Keiichi). You can see photos at Natalie.

My best moment was watching Nomiya Maki with Kaji Hideki from the front row. I was already in a perfect spot in the front row, but a good friend found me and pulled me to the very center! Best sight ever! :)

Set list: Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji (the night is still young) (Pizzicato Five) / Love so fine (Roger Nichols) / amefuri toshi (Kaji Hideki) / Summer Beauty 1990 (Flipper's Guitar) / My Boom Is Me (Kaji Hideki) / bokura ga tabi ni deru riyū (Ozawa Kenji) / Message Song (Pizzicato Five)

Metafive (shortened Takahashi Yukihiro & Metafive) were also awesome! We got to hear Towa Tei's "Luv Pandemic" live, and some brand new songs too! An album is in the works and should be released next January.

World Happiness 2015 World Happiness 2015

Exhibition: - Dropped quickly by shop Kitoit in Yoyogi-Uehara to check out an exhibition of paintings by Sakura Fantasma. Nice! :)

Sakura Fantasma at Kitoit Sakura Fantasma at Kitoit Sakura Fantasma at Kitoit

Technology: - I spent a day at YAPC::Asia Tokyo 2015, the world's largest Perl conference event. I got to see Perl creator Larry Wall, who is now working hard on finishing Perl 6 for a first release this Christmas (if everything goes well). Also saw some insightful sessions about ES6 (aka ES2015, the latest JavaScript standard) and about working remotely. While I love Perl, not all of the conference has to do with Perl, but all of it is good. :) It was said that it might be the last year the conference is held, but I hope that won't be the case.

YAPC::Asia Tokyo 2015 YAPC::Asia Tokyo 2015 YAPC::Asia Tokyo 2015

Music release news: Yellow Magic Orchestra, Cornelius, the oto factory, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Bajune Tobeta

CTO LAB. "3 Cycles" Yellow Magic Orchestra "No Nukes 2012" (CD), "Yellow Magic Orchestra Live In San Francisco 2011" (Blu-ray) Kyary Pamyu Pamyu album vinyl reissues Cornelius "Constellations of Music" Yapani! "Salvia feat. P.O.P" the oto factory "Cocktail Party" Negicco "nee Vardia" Kyary Pamyu Pamyu album vinyl reissues Bajune Tobeta "Teddy Bear and Password" (CD+DVD), "Space Loungin'" (12")

Playlist: Jintana & Emeralds, Kit Cat, Towa Tei, CTO LAB., Nomoto Karia, Yukihiro Takahashi & Metafive, "Idol bakari Pizzicato", Aira Mitsuki, hitomitoi, Chiroline ver.3, Flin Flon, U-zhaan, dip in the pool

Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" Kit Cat "Scratch You!" Towa Tei "Cute" CTO LAB. "3 Cycles" Nomoto Karia "Dance Music" Yukihiro TAKAHASHI & Metafive "Techno Recital" Various Artists "Idol bakari Pizzicato" Aira Mitsuki "???" hitomitoi "City Dive" Chiroline ver.2 "Last Pajama Party" Flin Flon "Boo-Boo" U-zhaan "Tabla Rock Mountain" dip in the pool "Highwire Walker"

This week's video:

Chiroline ver.3 "Cowgirl at High Noon"

Negicco "oyasumi"

Bajune Tobeta "Teddy Bear and Password" trailer

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August 14, 2015

(Not-quite-)weekly revue: 2015 weeks #32-33 (August 1 to 14)

Still having a busy summer so updates are sparse. Busy, but also having plenty of fun. :) By the way it was my birthday just recently and I had the great pleasure to be celebrated by many dear ones! Thanks to all for the memorable moments! :) So here's a quick sum-up of the last two weeks.

Food: - Birthday lunch at Acacier salon de thé, Urawa, Saitama
- Ashore Coffee Shack at Sunday Bake Shop
- Chou à la crème at Over Mitten, Koganei
- Vegetables 65, mutton Coromandel, and mint rice at Cochin Nivas, Shinjuku
- Brownie ice cream sandwich from Magnolia Bakery

Amuse Bouche Untitled Untitled Sunday Bake Shop Sunday Bake Shop Oven Mitten Cochin Nivas Cochin Nivas Brownie ice cream sandwich

Music events: - On July 31 was Hoshino Michiru & Negicco at clubasia in Shibuya, with DJ Konishi Yasuharu! The highlight was Negicco's "Idol bakari kikanai de" sung with Michiru during her set. Also for the encore all guests were called back on stage and even Konishi-san came to stand and clap along. Then the show seemed supposed to be over, but Michiru stayed on stage and sung "Wish on a Starry Night" a cappella! What a fun show! :) I also got to pick up Michiru's new 7" single of which the A-side is produced by Yann Tomita (Doopees covers!). Photos can be seen at Natalie.

Negicco set list: Space Nekojaracy / futari no yūgi / Pajama Party Night / Route Seven no kioku / Sunshine Nihonkai / atarashii koi no uta / Negative Girls! / attōteki na Style / jiyū ni / Triple! Wonderland

Hoshino Michiru set list: chotto Something New / Half Step / seikan renrakusen ~Night Voyage~ / natsu nandashi / watashi wa Schedy / sakamichi no tochū / Peaberry o mitsuketara / You Love Me / Discothèque ni tsuretette / koshinuke danshi ni I Love You / Idol bakari kikanai de (w/ Negicco) / kono michi de / i-ji-wa-ru Darling / Wonderland / koi no Funfair
Encore: Magic Hour / Wish on a Starry Night (a cappella)

- Then on August 3 was a talk & DJ event with DJ Fukutake at HMV record shop Shibuya. I got the latest mix CD of his "Yava-kayō" series, always a blast! This time the theme is "ondo", a sort of traditional Japanese summer rave music. :)

  Various Artists "Yaba-kayo 3 Non-stop DJ Mix -The Ondo- Mixed by DJ Fukutake"

- On August 7 was Towa Tei's release party for album "CUTE" at montoak, Omotesando. It was a free event sponsored by Perrier! "CUTE" is a great album!

 Towa Tei Towa Tei

Exhibition: Dropped by the "groovisions firstlight" exhibition at Eye of Gyre (Gyre 3F) in Omotesando. It had been a long time since I last saw chappie! Until August 23.

groovisions groovisions chappie

Music release news: Yapani!, Negicco

Yapani! "Salvia feat. P.O.P" Negicco "nee Vardia"

Playlist: Towa Tei, Sunaga t Experience, Kit Cat, DJ Fukutake, Concert, Sunahara Yoshinori, Duck Sauce, Old Monk, YMCK, Chiroline ver.2, CTO LAB., Sugar's Campaign, Pizzicato One, hitomitoi, Reina & The Blue Valentines, ...

Towa Tei "Future Listening! + Future Recall 3" Sunaga t Experience "STE" Kit Cat "Scratch You!" DJ Fukutake "Yava-kayō 3 -ondo hen-" Concert "Headache & Heartburn" SUNAHARA Yoshinori "subliminal" SUNAHARA Yoshinori "liminal" Towa Tei "Sunny" Duck Sauce "Quack" Old Monk "Posing as Love" YMCK "Family Dancing" Chiroline ver.2 "Chit Chat Chiroline" Towa Tei "Cute" CTO LAB. "3 Cycles" Chiroline ver.2 "Last Pajama Party" Sugar's Campaign "Friends" Pizzicato One "watakushi no nijūseiki" hitomitoi "YOUR TIME Route #1" Reina & The Blue Valentines "Lady or Girl?"

This week's videos: Nomiya Maki "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji ondo"

Negicco "nee Vardia"

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August 1, 2015

Weekly revue: 2015 week #31 (July 25 to 31)

Food: - Chicken curry at Tiri Tiri, Shibuya
- Sandwiches at Camelback, Shibuya
- Chocolate soft ice cream at Pierre Marcolini, Hikarie (Shibuya)
- And a fun & delicious party with wonderful friends! :)

Tiri Tiri Camelback Pierre Marcolini

Music release news: Towa Tei, Especia, CTO LAB., Chiroline ver.2

Towa Tei "Cute" Especia "Aviator / Boogie Aroma" CTO LAB. "3 Cycles" Chiroline ver.2 "Last Pajama Party"

Playlist: Maika Leboutet, Towa Tei, Hoshino Michiru, Sunahara Yoshinori, Doopees, Yann Tomita, Yukihiro Takahashi & Metafive

Maika Leboutet "100 (momo)" Towa Tei "Lucky" HOSHINO Michiru "natsu nandashi" SUNAHARA Yoshinori "lovebeat" Towa TEI "94-14 Covers" Towa Tei "MACH2012" Towa Tei "Big Fun" Doopees "Forever Yann Music Meme 3" Yann Tomita "Music Meme 4 Variations" (CD+DVD) Yukihiro TAKAHASHI & Metafive "Techno Recital" HOSHINO Michiru "E-I-E-N Voyage" HOSHINO Michiru "hoshi ga Michiru"

This week's videos:

Chiroline ver.2 "suteki na Girl Meets Girl"

Especia "Aviator / Boogie Aroma"

Towa Tei "Sound of Music" (Short ver.) + "Luv Pandemic"

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