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Playing on Fire


Yamashita Yosuke playing at a beach in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Yamashita Yosuke, a Japanese pianist, recently played an event featuring a piano on fire, on the beach.  He played for 10 minutes until the piano fell silent. The idea and images were beautiful.  Check it out here. Advertisements

I saw Beirut and the Fifth Veil play at the Masonic Temple in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn on the 20th. I was just as excited to see the building as I was to see the band when I went. I had seen the outside of the building many times, but had never been inside.  From the […]

Poem by my good friend Ms. Arisa Kubo (ありさ久保), also a member of Colette Columbirch ’06 5/20 ゴミ箱の隙間 抜け道 駆け足 汚れないように 覗く青と白 光の残像 複雑な理想をコラージュ頼りに 時を急ぐ それは何だったっけ? 結局何だったっけ? 愛情も欲情も感情もカタチになって転がってた つまずいた心に 降りそそぐ心 変えられないモノがそこにはあって 泣き笑う私に 降りそそぐ太陽 変わっているモノがあるのを知った Colette Columbirch Poster (by Robert Enders.) _________ ’06 5/20 A crack in the garbage can a way out rushing so as not to get stained […]

I downloaded from Emusic last night, some Paul Robeson songs. A theater down the street from me in Clinton Hill is named after him, and a recent blogger from my hood writes about it briefly. I’ve never been inside, but has pictures of the inside of the historic church turned theather. I had never […]

My friend Zac and I just finished translating a 1968 film by the Japanese mod band, The Spiders called “Go Forward!” (「大進撃」). Nikkatsu Studio produced the movie, the same studio where Seijun Suzuki, Shohei Imamura, and actor Tomio Aoki worked. The film was vaguely modeled after “Help!” style band movies, but throws into the mix […]

The power of culture as a tool within international relations, seems to have been only recently rediscovered by Western scholars and diplomats. But in East Asia, culture played an important role in international relations between China, Japan, and Korea for centuries. For much of Japan’s history, Japan was integrated into the larger Sino-centered East Asian […]