Archive for October, 2008

Kris the Skater vs Gardena Bus Lines… it’s a draw

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I love the Gardena Bus system, and public transportation in general.  But Gardena buses have a surprisingly ridiculous rule: No skateboards or boogie boards.  I got denied access the first time I tried to ride and wasn’t aware of the rule.  I was stuck downtown… thanks Mr I’m-just-following-the-rules-busdriver!  I hid the skateboard on my back and came home to make this bag (from what was likely to be the last pair of long pants I ever own).

Fetching, no?

Fetching, no?

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Obama + Lee Dorsey = Yes We Can remix

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Check out this fun mash-up of Obama speeches and the Lee Dorsey funk tune, “Yes We Can Can”.  Enjoy!

http://www.tanosokolow.com/yeswecan.html

Thoughts on Practice

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

A few friends have asked that I make my Thoughts on Practice essay available at our website.  Here it is!

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(Updated 2012/05/25)

I have come to feel that practice presents profound lifestyle challenges.  My success or failure at maintaining effective, daily practice is like a measure of my health. When everything in my life is working well, I’m a good practicer. The essay above lists some of the tricks that have helped me thus far.

If you have any feedback or thoughts (technical or philosophical) of your own, please share them below!

New FoundatiOn Team record!

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

We just set a new FoundatiOn Team record of $8431! A huge thank you goes out to our newest FoundatiOn Team members for putting us over the top: Cathy Ginn, Bryan Yamami, Ken Noriega, Nicki Bergstrom & Dan Noel, Edward Marks, Kate Meigneux, Berit Eisenmann, Sonya Elder, Helen Inouye, Jeff Ellsworth, Gary Takagi, Annette Mackay, Sharon Sato, Yuki & Yukio Imada, Jason Takagi and Vera Leo. We’ve set a new record and still have two weeks to go before Yobu!

We’ve been blown away by the FoundatiOn Team support this year! Thank you to everyone who have made a donated this year. This year’s concert is a special event for us with Kris’ receiving his natori and bringing his sensei from Japan and your donation will go a long way in making it all possible!

FoundatiOn Team Goal

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Great news! We just met our FoundatiOn Team Goal of $7021 thanks to a generous donation from Jun Daiko! Jun Daiko is a Mountain View based taiko group that teaches and practices at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple. It’s filled with ex-members of Stanford Taiko, Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble, Zenshin Daiko and a few others who have migrated to the Bay Area. Thanks guys!

Our new FoundatiOn Team Goal is to break our all time FoundatiOn Team record of $8130 set back in 2004!

Help spread the word

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Hey On Ensemble fans! We need your help to spread the word about our upcoming home concert!  We’ve made this nifty little jpeg flier that you can post on your own blog or email out to friends.  Just right click “save image as” to copy this flier to your computer.  Thanks for the help!

Almost there!

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Our FoundatiOn Team donors continue to come through for us! A huge thank you goes out to our newest FoundatiOn Team members: Diana Furuta, Deborah Wong, JoAnn Cho, Dardy Chang, Tony, Val and Preston Jones, Frances Wong, George Aoyama, Donna Ebata, Karen and Joseph Johnson, Marjorie Wu, David Okihiro, Louis Laudermilk, Tami Kamaeda, Audrey Nakasone, Chester Mark, R. C. Friedrich and Sharon Houston! Thank you all, we’re now only $300 away from our fund raising goal this year!

Yobu article in Cultural News

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

The October issue of Cultural News has come out and has an advertisement for our upcoming concert and an article about my shamisen stuff.  I can’t remember when that picture was taken… :)

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