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Getting Older

Last night I went to a punk rock concert with Jane, Khang, my little cousin and her friend. I went because my little cousin wanted to go, so I knew none of the bands. I ended up liking 2/5 of the bands though! haha…. The bands were Shyforshy, The Real You, Madison Drive, Stereo Skyline and the headliner band Danger Radio. I personally enjoyed The Real You and especially Madison Drive.

Madison Drive

So I’m coming to think that I’m getting too old. As my little 16 year old cousin and her friend jumped up and down rocking to the music, Khang, Jane and I went to the back at the 4th band since we were tired of standing hahaha… >_____> I still enjoyed it but damn…by the time I’m 25 and especially 30, someone is going to need to buy me a cane, because I’m going to need it.


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Perks of DC

DC is full of activities, events, and museums to attend…and the best part is?? Most of it is free! This past weekend, my roommates and I didn’t do much on Saturday. I cleaned, washed clothes, washed sheets, vacuumed and all that good stuff and then just relaxed, shortly went grocery shopping and went to work out.

Well…after a day of sitting around, my roomies and I felt restless, so on Sunday, we all went out to a concert! It was The Air Force Concert and Band & Singing Sergeants..Featuring Katherine Kohler; Clarinet, and presenting country legend Charley Pride =D at Constitutional Hall.

So it’s not boring, here are some awesome photos of the concert! and what’s even better…was that it was free! We came a little late since we didn’t know where it was at first and got a little lost, but once we got in, the cold winds were absolutely worth it. It started with instrumental music, moved on to a wizard of oz type musical thing, and then country singer Charley Pride sang after the intermission =D

On the Metro with the roomies

Katherine Kohler on Clarinet

The crowd

Wizard of Oz musical

A small clip from the Wizard of Oz bit

Intermission!

Country legend Charley Pride

A clip of Charley Pride singing

Yay! The concert was awesome! It started around 3, and ended at 5:30pm. There was another concert at 6 at the National Gallery Smithsonian, which was orchestra music, but we were tired and found that 1 concert was plenty haha. So Sunday, was well spent!

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KENSOSHI CD

It has arrived! I rarely ever do this, but I decided to check my mail today, and to my surprise, there was a package for me =) My KENSOSHI CDs came in! I now have KENSOSHI’S 1st Album and their 4th single “Bokuno Mirai” ^^

If you haven’t already, please check out their stuff!

Official KENSOSHI site: click >here<

To check out the official KENSOSHI myspace and taste of their music: click >here<

And if I haven’t told you the story a billion times or you haven’t read about it, here is a link to my thorough post about how I discovered KENSOSHI when I was on my trip to Japan: click >here<

“Our voices reaches your heart through the sky…” – KENSOSHI

Both CD’s are right down my alley of music and I love it =D I’m so, so glad I discovered these guys.

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Patterns of sound make music

Although I listen to a variety of music, ranging from The Used to NEWS to Timbaland to Mae. Lately, I prefer listening to softer or poppy music..which is quite the transition from my High School days when all I would listen to was punk/rock etc. What music can’t I stand?… hardcore SCREAMO, most techno and the really thuggish gangSTER rap crap.. -___- ok, perhaps I’m more picky than I thought?

I composed a list of the current music I’ve been listening to. Yay, so if you’re curious at all check out the link below:

My current playlist: please click >HERE<

CDs that never get old:

(click the name to hear their music, click the album for info)

Jack JohnsonOn and On

Mae The Everglow

ONE OK ROCKZeitakubyou

The Shanghai Restoration Project Story of a City

The WallflowersBringing Down the Horse

CDs that are wonderful for studying:

Kaztake TakeuchiUnder the Willow (I got this CD from Em’s cousin Kazuhiro while in Japan, he’s the publisher of the CD and manager of Fly n’ Spin Records)

Joe HisaishiPiano Stories Best ’88-’08

And Lastly, because I’m too lazy to list more, I’ll end with this:

Joe Hisaishi- “Summer”

So basically..I’m an old lady lol =D I have a bunch of other favorites, butttt I believe those are my top..keep in mind that I am also very indecisive.though>.>

Oh, so if you look below to where it says “Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)” , that was not written by me. WordPress added it and I can’t change it. DAMN YOU WORDPRESS!

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Jdorama: Last Friends

I’ve noticed that most my recent blogs have been very “Japan” oriented! Whether it’s about my trip there, music,or now drama.. haha o well, here goess!

I didn’t end up watching any jdoramas that came out in Winter 2008 beyond 1-3 episodes because nothing really kept my attention. This Spring season though, seems full of a bunch of worth-watching jdoramas! I plan to check out Zettai Kareshi, Gokusen 3, Hokaben, ROOKIES, and Last Friends.

I’ve watched episode 1 of Last Friends and I loved it (you can find SOFT SUBS by clicking >HERE<) They’re all amazing actors/actresses and the story seems really well done so far. Everything about this drama has me hooked, just like my love for Tantei Gakuen Q. The opening song “Prisoner of Love” by Utada Hikaru fits PERFECTLY. Even the video for the opening caught my attention, which is rare since I always skip over them (the only exceptions now are this and the opening for Tantei Gakuen Q: check out my past blog for details and the video by clicking >here<).

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KENSOSHI ケンソウシ

Yep, on my last post I used this photo and the video below too..but it’s all I have of them!
“Our voices reaches your heart through the sky…” – KENSOSHI

KENSOSHI ケンソウシ is a J-rock/J-pop band that I absolutely adore, even though I’ve only really heard 1 of their songs. Weird? Sort of.. lol But let me explain!

First off, although in this photo you see only 3 members, it’s actually a group made up of 4. I’m sad that Yo, the drummer got hidden behind in the photo, but I’m hoping 1 day I’ll get to take another photo with all 4 of them together.

So on my Spring Break trip to Japan, my friend Em and I were getting out of the Shinjuku Station on our 2nd day there and ran into these guys doing a street performance. Even though we had a long day and were super tired, when I heard their music play I had to stop and listen. I loved it so much that I recorded it and made sure I also took a close up picture of their sign, that way I could return home and get someone to translate their band name for me! As for recording videos, I don’t do it too often, so this REALLY caught my attention.

Well, I got home and got Didi to translate the photo above for me and she immediately found me their webpage, and this is how the story starts 🙂

Once I got their band name KENSOSHI ケンソウシ translated, I got her to translate the page that would allow me to email them! I chose a random guy (Hiro) and emailed him the photo I took and the video I uploaded onto youtube of them, telling them that I was from America and loved their music.

To my surprise, each member emailed me back with really kind words the day after ^^ They each introduced themselves, said thank you and hoped that one day we’d meet again. My favorite line was from SHUU,

“I watched your YouTube! We look better than real us! ^^ The lyrics of the song say, “Our voices reaches your heart through the sky…”. It is true. You showed it to us, didn’t you?”

Overall, all the messages from the members were super nice =D There was a minor mix up though because they assumed I was from Hawaii lol…and I believe that is because in a youtube video I uploaded of Em and I goofing off, I was saying how Kamogawa looked like Hawaii >_< In the end, I emailed them back and I got that corrected haha… Currently, the staff is looking into how I can purchase a CD and getting it shipped to the states.

Also, Hiro from KENSOSHI told me that some of their fans found my video and also liked it ^^ Plus, I noticed that my video was being linked on some mixi’s (basically a popular Japanese type facebook/myspace), so I got Symons to investigate! Apparently, 2 of the KENSOSHI members posted blogs about me contacting them and the video!

According to Symons translations :

On Hiro’s post:

“These kids (kinda polite, not insulting) were on a trip from Hawaii and uploaded our street live (concert) on YouTube for us. Music is amazing isn’t it. It easily breaks the language barrier. We want to connect the world (through music?)”

and on Shuu’s post:

“In March when we were doing a street live (concert) some tourist from Hawaii were walking by and stopped to listen. They uploaded this video on YouTube. That was really kind of them. Music really is a common language where we can exchange words (I dunno, that sentence is kinda weird imo) It (music) can be heard your heart. When you come to Japan again, I want to meet you”

Once again, here is their video I recorded of them:

:::To check out their music:::

If you go to their website by clicking >here<, you can be linked to their discography on their official page, which will allow you to sample some of their other songs! I recommend you use the Internet Explorer instead of Firefox for it to work better..plus it might be hard to navigate around because it’s all in Japanese.

Otherwise, if you want to stick to Firefox, you check out little clips of their current CD by clicking >here< and it should be self-explanatory from there…right? Just remember to press “Play”. Song #4, “声風” is the song I recorded!! I’m hella loving their music btw, not just because they’re nice ^^

These guys are ridiculously kind and down to earth, please take the time to listen to their stuff, although it might be hard to navigate around their official page if you don’t know Japanese >_<

My 10-day trip to Japan was amazing enough, and even though I’m home, this only made it better 🙂 I feel very fortunate to have encountered these guys! As always, I really consider myself to be one darn lucky person =]

I apologize for this being so long lol… I had high intentions on making this short but I didn’t know what to cut out!

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Updating-ish on the Japan trip

[UPDATED: scroll down to the youtube music video added]

I’m contemplating on whether or not to do a full update on my trip to Japan, mostly because there is too much to cover and I hate leaving things out. Overall the trip was amazing and Emili is a great travel buddy, which I already realized when we did our small trip to Pullman together. Is she sick of me yet? who knows lol, I harassed the hell out of that girl though.

If you check out my Flickr, you’ll see that I’ve updated the photos! So far its from days 1-8, and I’ll add the rest of the days , food pics, plus photos of Em and I ASAP. Most of the photos I posted aren’t my favorites, but I wanted to share with everyone all the wonderful places I went to and saw. =)

Here are some of the photos!

Shinjuku

This is a photo inside of a vintage book store in Shibuya called “Flying Books” owned by Em’s cousin Kazuhiro. Even with his busy life he had time to take us out and show us around town. This man is absolutely amazing and I have no idea how to return the favor to him for all of his kindness. Even though it is a vintage book store, it is one of the hippest book stores I’ve ever seen. He holds events from poetry readings, live performances to even parties. If you ever visit Shibuya, this place is a must!

Yamanote Line: I love this mode of transportation

Kamogawa Grand Hotel

The first stages of a rice field lol

Kamogawa: sunset

Street performance: I saw these guys playing and really liked their music/performance. Thanks to didi, who read the katakana, I now know their band name: Kensoushi =) Check them out!! There music is great and they’re also realllly nice and down to earth! I’m going to try to buy their CD…once I can get some of the site translated and figure out how to buy it lol >_<
[UPDATE!]
Here is the video I recorded:
The quality on youtube isn’t as great as it can be, but I hope you enjoy! it! See if you can spot Emili in the crowd!

Overall the trip was better than I could have ever imagined. I honestly think I am one of the most fortunate souls in this entire world. Em-me-lie, if you read this, thank you thank you thank domou arigatou gozaimasu! I have no idea how to repay you or say enough thanks to you or your family, but in the mean time, while I scheme up a plan on how to give thanks, please know that I am truly grateful.

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