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Something In the Way He Moves: The Magic of Mansai Nomura

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, March 30, 2011 07:01pm | Post a Comment
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When there's something strange in the imperial court, who you gonna call? During Japan's Heian period, an era of classical Japanese history spanning from 784 to 1185, most folks relied on powerful ghostbusters called onmyoji, wizard-like masters of yin and yang, to ease the energies of vengeful spirits (most famously that of Prince Sawara) who'd stir up all kinds of trouble from plagues and famine to earthquakes and typhoons and other natural disasters mistaken as superstitious punishment. As we have witnessed in recent weeks, perceiving catastrophe as divine comeuppance has changed little over the centuries thanks to Shintaro Ishihara and Glenn Beck, among others, for their knuckleheaded remarks --- no "that was then, this is now" about nomura mansai abe no seimei onmyoji kyogen japanese actor traditional theater heian period era kyotoit. But this is not about jabbing trashy speculation at fresh wounds, this is about a cheesy, historic fantasy movie that I recently caught in my Heian Culture class called Onmyoji (2001, Yojiro Takita) starring Mansai Nomura as Abe no Seimei, a person of historic origin, legendary in Japanese folklore, who was in fact the Merlin of his time and place. Being one of those so-called "super seniors," it's a small miracle I didn't skip said scheduled movie day, I might add.

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Flavor Personified: Aloe Blacc feat. Baby Boogaloo

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, March 29, 2011 02:33pm | Post a Comment
From the album Good Things, this is my go-to video for inspiration as of late. If you're just cruisin' by wondering why go ahead and tune in at the one minute mark, sit back and let the flavor splash up on you.

Aloe Blacc - "Loving You Is Killing Me"


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Help Northeastern Japan: Let Your Donation Take You to the Movies!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, March 17, 2011 08:00pm | Post a Comment
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In the wake of a devastating week for Japan, especially the northeastern Touhoku region where seaside towns and villages were washed away by a tsunami last Friday while the world watched in disbelief, many are exploring what they can do to help survivors and evacuees of this extraordinary catastrophe. Well, here is something fabulous happening this Saturday in San Francisco: New People, a specialty gallery/shopping/media complex located in Japantown, will be holding three special screenings of Hula Girls, a wonderfully heart-warming comedy featuring some of my favorite things: dancing, Polynesian pop, head-strong young heroines (coal-miner's daughters!), perseverance in the face of stodgy adversity and, of course, Japan. Based on true events that took place in 1960's Fukushima Prefecture, the same paralyzed zone experiencing a nuclear crisis having been hard hit by the recent natural disasters, this film is being shown as a fundraiser at $10 a ticket with 100% of the proceeds to be donated to NORTHERN JAPAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUNDS by Japantown's JCCCNC. Check out the trailer below:

Everybody Loves Lizzy!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, March 17, 2011 12:20pm | Post a Comment
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Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone! This year I thought I'd round up a Thin Lizzy tribute comprised of covers in a celebration of the rocker legacy Phil Lynott & friends gifted to inspired vagabonds the world 'round.
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I am firm believer that there might not have been a "Run to the Hills" if it weren't for Thin Lizzy. Here is Iron Maiden's rather straightforward yet bad-ass version of "Massacre" from Lizzy's Johnny The Fox album. This track appears on the b-side of Maiden's "Can I Play With Madness" UK 12" single.
 
"Massacre" covered by Iron Maiden


It's ON: Mötley Crüe, Poison and New York Dolls to Tour This Summer!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, March 8, 2011 04:40pm | Post a Comment
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Not too long ago I acknowledged the slim possibility of this show with little faith, but Poison frontman Bret Michaels has once again given me something to believe in, as it seems he's stirred up just enough shit-slinging hearsay-hype to kick-start this Jack and Aquanet fueled juggernaut of a tour into reality! At least Poison has the decency to yield top billing to the Crüe and work the New York Dolls into the equation. One might wonder what former New York Dolls fan club president Mr. Steven Morrissey is thinking right about now...

 
Morrissey - "Trash" (New York Dolls cover) Live in Dallas 1991

 
Tickets go on sale March 18th! Here is a list of tour dates; keep in mind that some dates have yet to be announced:

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