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Music bought in a store

I should buy more of my music in a music store. I bought two CDs and one came with free stickers (great if I were 10 years old), and the other came with a web link, username, and password for bonus tracks.

Music CDs purchased in a music store include free extras.

Music CDs bought in a popular music store come with free extras including downloads and stickers.

Happy birthday JapanesePhotos.Asia blog

And Photo of the Week (POTW)

It’s two years since the first blog post. The website was already a few weeks old, but it took a while to design and finalise the website, and then must up a few words for the first official blog post… nothing sensational though. The first important post was to promote a set of photos of Tado Gagaku, a traditional court music group playing Sino-Japanese instruments in traditional garb. This little blog has come a long way since then. See more of these at my agent’s website: Asia Photo Connection by Henry Westheim.

A performer of Tado Gagaku playing the sho (cheng)

A performer of Tado Gagaku playing the sho (cheng)

Studio Sessions

Having a play around in the studio with a new flash can be fun. I thought of putting on a hat, then headphones, and thought of a DJ. Without DJ gear, the next best accessory had to be a CD. Here it is, “DJ in the dark”.

DJ in the dark

DJ in the dark

DJ in the dark

DJ in the dark

A Quartet Ensemble on a Sunny Afternoon

I know, a slightly elaborate title for a Japanese teenage rock band. I have no idea who they are but they attracted a handful of folks with big cameras (like mine) and two guys with video cameras, and an audience of three more people. There were three middle-aged guys, and one more guy who looked like he was either retired or soon be (with a video camera), and they were all bobbing their heads to this teenage beat. I wish I knew what the words were, it must’ve been something good to catch their attention. I spent ten minutes here before moving on to the Nagoya Writer’s Club (see post above).

A Japanese rock singer performing in an inner city park

A local rock band performing in Nagoya's Central Park in Sakae on a warm winters day

A Japanese drummer performing outdoors in an inner city park

A local rock band performing in Nagoya's Central Park in Sakae on a warm winters day

Tado Gagaku Winter Performance

A performer of Tado Gagaku (a traditional Japanese performance troupe) performing at Rokka En (Kuwana Mansion)

A big thanks to Shu’uchi (pictured right) for letting me know about this performance. It was great to get the invite and to see Tado Gagaku perform again. This performance was again held at Rokka En (Kuwana Mansion). The first performances were musical, and were held inside the mansion itself, in the Japanese style quarter (the building includes a Victorian-style quarter). Once this indoor performance was done, the audience were then invited to move to the large windowed-doors to view this outdoor performance (seen below), from the warmth and comfort of the building. Some images are now available at Asia Photo Connection (Henry Westheim).

Tado Gagaku's outdoor winter performance

A performer of Tado Gagaku (a traditional Japanese performance troupe) performing at Rokka En (Kuwana Mansion)

Tado Gagaku

A few weeks ago I saw a wonderful performance. Tado Gagaku is a traditional Shinto-related performance troupe. They have both actor-dancers and musicians. The Tado Gagaku performs two or three times a year. This time, they performed at Kuwana Mansion, known locally as Roka-En (Roka Park).The performances are done outdoors on a temporary stage. On this particular day, it was cold, rain threatened, miserable, and the lighting was less than par. But, the people were really nice. I was fortunate enough to get some model releases. A performer of Tado Gaku

There are several performances done in the course of two hours. Some are solo performances, some were group performances, in some the performers wore masks, but they all wore wonderful costumes. The musicians played all Japanese court instruments.

All images are available at Asia PhotoConnection / Henry Westheim.

A performer of Tado Gaku playing the sho (cheng)