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October 25 (Saturday) 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
John Wallace, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley
Bugaku: Japanese Classical Dance from the World of the Tale of Genji
Celebrating the 1000th anniversary of the world's first novel and Japan's most treasured classic, The Tale of Genji, Hara-sho-kai, an all-women Japanese classical dance troupe from Japan will perform bugaku, the ancient Japanese court dance from the Heian period. The program will include a short DVD introducing the world of Genji followed by a lecture and dance performance.
Co-sponsored by the Genji Millenium Committee, the Japan Society of Northern California, Center for East Asian Studies, FSI and SPICE
Contact: (415) 356-2464
Location: Bechtel International Center, Assembly Room
Stanford University

Wow.

Oct. 17th, 2008 04:47 pm
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This is at the college where [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor teaches! It's free and open to the public.

Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú
"World Peace: Your Responsibility"
Wednesday 7-9pm, October 22, 2008
Los Medanos College Gymnasium
Free lecture and book signing
Open to the public

Rigoberta Menchú became well-known after her first biography, I, Rigoberta Menchú was was written in 1983 when she was merely 23 years old. Her fame took the world by storm, only after she was nominated for and then awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992, the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel.

http://www.losmedanos.edu/promo-pages/lecture.asp
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Official website; Chronicle article. I want to go if there are enough cheap or free events ... and if it's not competing against something else, haha. Hey, [livejournal.com profile] kyspaz, want to teleport over for it? :p



(and re. the candle thing: I know there are some issues with it, but still, I think there's something to it.)
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So Japantown has had some changes since the last time I was able to actually go through everything. Luckily, they're mostly good changes.

- Kinokuniya has a bottom floor with most of the manga and stuff. ([livejournal.com profile] hoshizora, they've put PiQ in the Japanese art/media mag section near S Magazine and all.)
- There's a real purikura place now with staff and all! If you haven't done it, purikura is a great way to waste $5--imagine a HUGE photo booth with green screen capabilities, after-editing, and more, and the results are printed out on stickers (sometimes rubber stamps and stuff, too). In Japan and Taiwan, purikura places have dozens of booths, a closet with funny hats and boas and fans and other costume items, full-length mirrors, staff, paper cutters (to divvy up your results), etc. Pika Pika, the new place, has all of this stuff. It's also full of Asian-American 13-year-olds, but heck, go in anyway. (Here, check out Flickr's purikura results, which include a few interior shots of such places in Japan, but mostly scanned photo stickers.)
- Coming soon: a manga kissa/manga cafe, Manga Cafe Mika. I'd always thought one would be worth a try, but kind of assumed it might not be legal or something in the US. I think they're opening April 26.
- Another very nice looking tea place, Kissako Tea (under the stairs near the castle model). They'll be having cosplay cafe service four times this year. Yeah, it's a matter of time till a maid cafe ...
- The hotel where we got married has been overhauled and is now the Hotel Kabuki. Stupid name, but their improvements look like actual improvements. The koi pond and garden where we were married has been preserved, too.

We caught a few performances and managed to entertain the entire Suzuki Kai dance/kimono club from Kagoshima, because after their performance we headed for a water cooler outside the room. The cold handle was really difficult to use; [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor is stronger than I am so he was able to wrangle into into dispensing cold water. Then the kimono club came out, all tired and rushing for the water, but they couldn't operate it either. We exchanged some hesitant English and Japanese, and [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor wound up operating the dispenser for each one of them. The second or third lady he helped exclaimed かわいそう. Heh. Anyway, I'm glad that I was able to actually produce some spoken Japanese for once, even if I did mentally cross "atsui" (hot) and "akai" (red)--a mistake I've never ever made before. I'm really bad about actually speaking up, so that was progress.

There was a nice new art exhibit/competition, "Japonisme," too. So the day went well despite the bad start.


Despite some of the other deliberately LSD-evocative games on this particular website, I think Harmful Park: High-Brow Gag & Pure Shooting wins my personal prize for wackiest, most Japanese game. No, really, just go look. The review contains the classic line "Also, check out the cow abduction in the background." Also, "Not only is this massive Frankenstein giving you the finger, but it's being controlled by a dancing cat in his head." YES.

(Secret message to [livejournal.com profile] kyspaz: Cattle mutilations are up!)


Google Maps' new live traffic and traffic prediction function is nice. 511.org has such a thing too, but Google's involves less clicking. (Load your route, then click on Traffic, and "Change" if you want to go to prediction.)

Mmm.

Aug. 22nd, 2007 09:42 pm
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Fourth anniversary dinner was an DIVINE antipasti platter, gnocchi fiorentina (me) and ravioli ... crema ... noci something ([livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor), tea and tiramisu (me), and creme caramel ([livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor). The right half of the tiny restaurant (it's the size of my living room, about) was filled with a 30+ person Italian/Italian-American wedding party. I love Il Porcino.

They had slices of cantaloupe and watermelon in the water pitchers. Nummy.

We gave each other books. Predictably.
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Is anyone else in the Bay Area going to the Nihonmachi Street Fair? It's in Japantown on the 11th and 12th. I'm not 100% sure we'll go. As I recall, the August festival doesn't have any exhibitions or inside performances, which is my favorite thing about the spring one.


Speaking of Japan: Curry ramune (soda) and wasabi ramune. Oh dear.


Hey, it's 18 days till our 4th wedding anniversary. o_O I wonder what we should do to celebrate...


Harry Potter Book 7 Obituaries. OBVIOUSLY, lots of spoilers. Surprisingly amusing given the subject matter. (EDIT EDIT: COMMENTS NOW INCLUDE SPOILERS ABOUT DEATHS. Duh, I should have anticipated that. So don't read the comments on this post if you are still holding out for no details about the book.)


Yeah, that's all I have. Slow news day or slow me day; I'm not sure which.
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That was the most chaotic event I've ever attended. Good grief! I'm considering writing a cranky e-mail. I've been to graduations before, and they're always mildly chaotic, but this was just WAY out of control.

Hanging out with my classmates was great, though (one of them made us all hand-signed and decorated "Congratulations!" sashes, awww).

Mortarboards are made to torture the innocent, I swear. I do want one of those PhD getups, though. ;) Those tams rock.

Afterwards we went to Bombay Garden for dinner, as the barbecue place had closed early.

Tomorrow there's a potluck at our advisor's house, yay!

I am so sleep-deprived.
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The one-day Good Omens Convention, brought to you by [livejournal.com profile] unkyrich (among others). Read more about it in his LJ and the website. It'll be in Oakland on June 23rd. You can get admission for the cost of a can of food, to be donated to a good cause.

I'm hoping to go if possible. :)

Yay!

May. 4th, 2006 08:35 pm
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My lesson today went OK, but more importantly, [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor officially handed in his thesis! At Berkeley, you get a See's lollipop for doing that, but there is also a carrot cake at home, to which I added "HAPPINESS IS A DONE THESIS" in candy letters.
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I'm sorry; I was going to write about it but other things going on the last few days have really drained my energy. I'm not jazzed about the start of the quarter like I usually am, either.

I think you should be able to mouse over the below links to see it they go to English or Japanese pages (unless it's obvious, like Wikipedia).

Briefly, Yoshi's is a great venue and the performances were terrific, using the shamisen to play Okinawan traditional music, northern-style fast-paced tsugaru (I love tsugaru), Edo-style geisha-house stuff, jazz, kabuki-style, and blues/rock (the latter two combined at one point! Chushingura blues baby!). I would have bought CDs from most of the performers, but they only had one available. Luckily it was one I wanted, by Ohno Keisho, a vaguely punky but hakama-clad young man who performed blisteringly fast tsugaru with a fierce grin during the concert. His fingers literally blurred during a couple of the songs. I really wanted one from the Natsukawa Rimi-esque performer, Uchizato Miika, also from Okinawa. I need to see if I can buy her CDs from somewhere. She was tiny and slightly round and cute and FULL of energy, with an amazingly beautiful voice. We caught her afterwards and I spoke to her in bad Japanese. She seemed thrilled that anyone wanted to talk to her, but man. She had star power. So did Kunimoto Takeharu, who did a blend of blues/rock, traditional stuff, and roukyoku (storytelling). He had rock'n'roll energy for sure, even though I couldn't understand his Japanese. [livejournal.com profile] unkyrich would have dug him.

As for Umekichi, she's not a geisha; she just plays the part, sort of. I'll have to upload a photo later. She had an amazing Edo-period married-woman's hairstyle ("But I am single!" she noted cutely) using her own hair, that she fixes herself. Wow.

Anyway, it was a good time, and LJ-less David and LJ-less Ikue came with us, which was excellent.

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