It’s a great sunny day in autumn. I was interested in that place since it’ve opened, but I never could reach the phone number in spite of I tried 10′s call in a day. So I had no choice but to wait they reveal web apply function on the site.
Look at pictures below, I thought it has similar atmosphere to Asagiri-Jam ( music and camping event in Shizuoka ).
On September 16, I went to the venue called Studio Coast to see several Japanese Bands with my friends include Australian and Taiwanei, I think recently I’m like a promoter of Zazen Boys for abroad people, but I’m sure their performance make every countries people fun, in a fact some of my Canadian friends got into them after seeing their gig.
This time the first band was Shibusa-sirazu-orchestra, they are famous for the avant-garde performance.
And Zazen Boys were 3rd. They’ve just released the new album, so except the beginning and ending they played new songs in that album.
Visited to SM-g gallery taking place “Yoji Yamada his work of slipware exhibition”. Yamada is 33 years old, mainly working in Shidara, Shiga prefecrure where is famous as traditional ceramics. It’s my first time to see such a lot of slipware ceramics so it’s tough work to choose, eventually I purchased flat dishes and small bowls. And I realized I prefer beige one to amber colored one.
Recently I’m really getting into Japanese folk craft, and my friend live in Tottori told me this exhibition yesterday. So this morning I checked there.
Bernard Leach born in Hongkong and had stayed his childhood in Japan, is the peson who had great influenced Japanese folk craft movement at early 20th century. He socialized with Muneyoshi Yanagi, Shoji Hamada, and other young people group called “Shirakabaha”.
This is the Japanese Folk Craft Museum. I think basically he’s a pioneer of slipware technique in Japanese folk craft seane. There’re many ceramics made by slipware, like this one.
It seemed he like to use animal such as goat and rabbit as a motif.
You’re able to check pieces of his great work in this page.
It was about a month ago, SML in Nakameguro had taken place the event called “Glass and Wood craftworker” and I visited there. Every stuffs made me feel summer mood and I got some cups and dishes made by Sota Azuchi and Maru-kobo.
ミュージシャンについては、個人的にヘッドライナーは近年で一番の豪華さだった。ただその次あたり(グリーンの日中、ホワイトの夜枠あたり)にもうひとつ輝きがなかったように思う。一番残念なのは、ここ数年ヘヴンのタイムテーブルにこれは、と思うミュージシャンがブッキングされないこと。あの個性的な場にフィットするバンドがいなかった。自分の印象的なフジロックの風景を思い出すとき、ホワイトやヘヴンでいい音楽に出会えたことがまっさきに出てくる。過去を振り返ると Battles, The John Butler Trio, Money Mark, Polaris, bonobos,などなど。
Explosions in the sky
The Stoe Roses, Radiohead についてはある程度予想できていたステージなので勿論良かったのだけど、新たな発見、というインパクトはなかったので、そう考えると今回のフジロックで好きになった！と言えるのはExplosions in the sky, Caribou と少し少ない。また昨年のCongotronics のように汗をかく程踊って楽しんだステージが無かったのも残念。やはりヘブン以下の小ぶりステージで良質な音楽に出会いたい。
さて、バーに移動して行列に並ぼうかなと最後尾を探していたところ、見覚えのある顔を発見して、他ならぬ This is 向井秀徳 が普通に順番待ちしているではないか。当然自然に話しかけ(たつもり)、少し立ち話をして、一旦その場を離れたのだけれど戻ると別の男性が一緒に写真を撮っていて、すごく気さくに握手なんかにも応じていた。先ほど話しかけたときはどこまで踏み込んでよいか距離感が分からずさらっと話をしただけだったのだけど、これなら俺も！と思い切ってお願いしたところ快く写真を撮ってくれ、笑顔で握手してくれた。当然好感度が更に上がり更にファンになったことは言うまでもない。
Back to May 23, my Canadian friend Eric texted me “ZAZENBOYS’s going to play tonight” and I couldn’t believe that at first, so checked their official web site and made sure that’s true. That was the event called Tokyo Night or something, and they started Canadian tour from Montreal, Tronto, and at last came to Vancouver.
Of course I went home quickly and finished some tasks. Then I got to the Venue around 9 pm. But the event line up was 4 bands, and ZAZENBOYS were headliner. It lust finished 1st band when I arrived at there. I moved to the bar to get some dink, and then I met accidentally lucky. The front man of ZAZENBOYS Shutoku Mukai was waiting the end of the line up. We had some small talk and took a picture. He was really nice person. Needless to say I became big fun of them more than before.