Archive for September, 2010

Japan, Day 14

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Rice almost ready for harvest in beautiful Kumamoto. Week of practice-eat-practice-talk-eat-practice-sleep. Delicious vegan feast at the reunion of Mrs Fujimoto and the sisters. All-night bus back to Tokyo. Three days till big show and feeling good!


Product review: Etymotic ER4 Headphones

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

For the last nine years, I’ve used and enjoyed a pair of Etymotic ER4 headphones. They’ve served me well for general music listening and recording, and with the custom-fit ear molds, were the most comfortable headphones I have. About a year ago, the end of one of the headphones suddenly snapped off. I sent Etymotic a message about repair, though I didn’t have my original receipt, and figured the headphones were well out of warranty. Etymotic asked me to send them in. A week later a new pair arrived in the mail, free of charge! I was so impressed with the service, I couldn’t help but write a review.


Japan, Day 7

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Going offline to rural Kumamoto for five days of individual shamisen and singing practice. Plus making new shorts with Hiro’s mom, professional seamstress! Itte kima~su!

Japan, Day 6

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Five hours of shamisen practice. Knees complained a bit, until we got to Michiko’s and started eating with Sensei and the gang. Amazing assortment of home-made vegan goodies, plus funny conversation. Then train back to Yokohama. The Hanzomon stairs provided the perfect leg stretch.

Japan, Day 5

Friday, September 10th, 2010

A great day of inspiring taiko and shamisen lessons capped by dinner with Yoshi at Tokyo’s oldest tofu restaurant, Sasa no Yuki. “Shacho” sends his regards.

Japan, Day 4

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Whew. Long day of Tokyo stairs combined with high-pressure music lessons. Survived shamisen Kisen runthrough, Hanami Odori singing, and Tosha-Sensei taiko intensive. Looking forward to a bit of rest at the Ryu family’s new home before more of the same tomorrow.

Japan, Day 3

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Back in Tokyo… First of many shamisen lessons tomorrow. Excited and nervous. Fourteen days till big show.

Yamasong wins at Dragon*Con

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Yamasong the short film based on our track of the same name has just won the award for Best Fantasy Short film at the Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival!  Then to top it off it took home the award for Best Animated Film!  Congratulations Sam on the amazing work!

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