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Re: Japan

Post by gaikokujin » Wed Oct 14, 2009 2:54 pm

nanski wrote:
nohnohyeh wrote:where can i find a twee or (preferably) powerpop scene in japan?
i don't know, but if you find it, can you let me know where it is?
There's an excellent band called Sloppy Joe who I saw at Shinbuya 0-Nest once, supporting Nice Man. I think they (or one of them) was involved in a club night in Tokyo that played tons of Pastels, Orange Juice and the likes. Can't remember where the night was, though, so not very helpful - sorry!

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Re: Japan

Post by nanski » Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:50 am

O-nest is where I saw the Vivian Girls last month. I definitely plan to keep an eye on their website for upcoming shows.

Okinawa seems only to have really annoying Jpop and even more annoying rock cover bands (catering to the huge American GI population, presumably). Life would be so much better on the mainland...
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Re: Japan

Post by gaikokujin » Tue Oct 27, 2009 11:37 pm

But plenty of folk on the mainland dream of life in Okinawa! Do you know this site:

http://www.tokyogigguide.com/

Lots of info about upcoming gigs all over Tokyo. Long way from Okinawa, mind.

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Re: Japan

Post by gaikokujin » Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:37 pm

Camera Obscura coming to Japan in January.

http://office-glasgow.com/

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Re: Japan

Post by nanski » Fri Oct 30, 2009 7:47 am

gaikokujin wrote:Camera Obscura coming to Japan in January.

http://office-glasgow.com/
that's very exciting. thanks for posting it!

i was planning to go to cambodia in january, so I'll avoid those days. eeeee!

are you in japan now, gaikokujin? if so, where?
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Re: Japan

Post by gaikokujin » Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:21 am

Yes, I'm in Shizuoka, so only an hour and a bit away from Tokyo on the shinkansen. That said, I still don't seem to manage to get up there to see many bands!

Here's another link from a guy who blogs in English about live gigs in Tokyo:

http://japanlive.blogspot.com/

A few of the Japanese bands he's mentioned have been okay.

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Re: Japan

Post by nanski » Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:40 pm

gaikokujin wrote:Yes, I'm in Shizuoka, so only an hour and a bit away from Tokyo on the shinkansen. That said, I still don't seem to manage to get up there to see many bands!

Here's another link from a guy who blogs in English about live gigs in Tokyo:

http://japanlive.blogspot.com/

A few of the Japanese bands he's mentioned have been okay.
oh cool. i was in shizuoka for a meeting this summer. it was nice. only so cloudy i couldn't see mt. fuji. maybe i'll see you at the camera obscura gig? (i also heard yo la tengo are playing in december...)
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Re: Japan

Post by gaikokujin » Fri Oct 30, 2009 1:39 pm

Hope to go to Camera Obscura. The Vaselines are playing in December, too - the sixth, I think. It's a long trek from Okinawa, though! Is it still quite warm down there this time of year?

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Re: Japan

Post by nanski » Fri Oct 30, 2009 1:50 pm

gaikokujin wrote:Hope to go to Camera Obscura. The Vaselines are playing in December, too - the sixth, I think. It's a long trek from Okinawa, though! Is it still quite warm down there this time of year?
yes, it is. in fact, today, it is almost warm enough to close the windows and turn the A/C back on. !

eeeee. the Vaselines. !
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Re: Japan

Post by yubo » Fri Oct 30, 2009 7:04 pm

I was in Japan for the first time this summer but didn't leave the airport. Instead I spent my three hour stopover at Narita wondering what kasutera cake was and which colour of Mono Comme Ca lunch box I should buy. The best thing about Japan was the green tea kitkat bars. Delicious!

Nan, you're not anywhere near Narita, right? I didn't miss my one opportunity to meet you, did I?
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Re: Japan

Post by philjunebride » Fri Oct 30, 2009 9:29 pm

Couls someone please arrange a Japanese tour for me? Pretty please....!!!!! So love to visit one day...

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Re: Japan

Post by nanski » Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:53 pm

yubo wrote:I was in Japan for the first time this summer but didn't leave the airport. Instead I spent my three hour stopover at Narita wondering what kasutera cake was and which colour of Mono Comme Ca lunch box I should buy. The best thing about Japan was the green tea kitkat bars. Delicious!

Nan, you're not anywhere near Narita, right? I didn't miss my one opportunity to meet you, did I?
i'm about a 2.5 hour flight from Narita. i live on a wee island in the middle of nowhere, closer to Taiwan than the main Japanese islands.

where were you flying to that you ended up in Narita?
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Re: Japan

Post by yubo » Sun Nov 01, 2009 12:16 pm

nanski wrote:where were you flying to that you ended up in Narita?
I went to the IUBMB in Shanghai, then spent a week-ish in Seoul. Narita was the stopover from Seoul back to New York.

Close to Taiwan, eh? Then you must've got hit pretty hard by the typhoon?
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Re: Japan

Post by nanski » Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:10 am

Do you mean Lupit? we got lots of rain, but the wind wasn't bad. Southern Taiwan and the Philipines seems to be getting the worst of this year's typhoon season.

I still haven't been to Shanghai. Did you like it?
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Re: Japan

Post by yubo » Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:17 pm

nanski wrote: I still haven't been to Shanghai. Did you like it?
I didn't like it! But mostly I just don't think I was in the mood for it at the time. There was this huge typhoon that was encompassing all of Taiwan at the time and Shanghai kept getting rained on. It was so humid, which I don't mind, but humidity and grime made me really uncomfortable. Plus I was crazy jet lagged, picked up a foot fungus which gave me crazy eczema, and made the mistake of liking how cheap I could eat that I made me stomach upset on all the cheap street food I forced upon it.

The architecture was a sight. Really futuristic. Easy to travel around because of the landmarks, didn't really need a map. I think maybe I would like to try it again (and go to Beijing) when I'm not so tired of traveling. My hotel was really nice, though. And everything was cheap.
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Re: Japan

Post by jayen_aitch » Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:31 pm

Astrid and I were given a lovely Japanese tea set, it was an extra wedding gift waiting for us in Stockholm wen we came back for winter.

There's a kanji, hiragana or maybe kana character on the wrapping (the fact I can't even tell which of them it is, shows how little I know about this)

Here it is:
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I have no idea what it means, and wondered if anyone here did.

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Re: Japan

Post by gaikokujin » Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:51 am

It reads kotobuki, which is a kind of celebratory word often used at weddings. It can also be used in other congratulatory situations but is most commonly written at weddings to kind of symbolise good luck or happiness, that kind of thing.

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Re: Japan

Post by jayen_aitch » Sun Jan 03, 2010 11:32 am

Awww, that's lovely. I thought it might be something like that.

Thanks for the translation.

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Re: Japan

Post by nanski » Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:13 pm

gaikokujin wrote:Yes, I'm in Shizuoka, so only an hour and a bit away from Tokyo on the shinkansen. That said, I still don't seem to manage to get up there to see many bands!

Here's another link from a guy who blogs in English about live gigs in Tokyo:

http://japanlive.blogspot.com/

A few of the Japanese bands he's mentioned have been okay.
Any chance you're going to Pains of Being Pure at Heart in Tokyo on the 14th? If so, I will buy you a drink! I'll be the oldest lady in the crowd.
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Re: Japan

Post by nanski » Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:49 am

today in class we did sumie. it was fun. i quite like arty things like that.
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