I can feel the kiss

I recorded this video clip in Vanuatu 2010.
The true beginning…as every day is a beginning.
I just wasn’t aware of it then, that the trip to Vanuatu
was going to set-off a chain reaction of events,
that lead from this moment in Vanuatu,
to my ‘new life’ in Japan just a year later.

The amount of accumulated special moments since then
until this present moment, is huge!
So what I am doing, is to spread them out on my
enormous time line.
I have divided the time-line spanning from little before this
video in Vanuatu until today, and on it I add photos.
To each photo I add a note with event name,
for example “Live gig at Meguro Live Station with xxx band”.

Under the line I also add notes like departure times for
flights, visits from abroad, and everything else.
Just to keep track of all the places I’ve been…
is a task in itself
During the years I cover (about 6-7 years), besides my life in Japan,
I lived in or visited (not in order and many I visited several times):
USA: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico,  Texas,
Utah, and Washington
UK including London and Wales, Sweden, Germany, Laos, Ukraine,
Azerbaijan, India, Nepal, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Vanuatu, Mexico, Canada, Singapore
…. and more
and in Japan, I traveled a total of 6 weeks with Japan Rail Pass.
From northern Tohoku to Kyushu and a lot of it in between.

The program I use for this purpose is called ‘Scapple’
and it’s really invaluable to my book writing project.

In the photo below I combined two screen shots.
In the upper half,
one can see one year (of approximately 7 years total)
In the lower half one can see
how it looks closer up.
I still need to add more notes about each event,
for example names of band members at a live,
or who was with me at a certain bar and so on.

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It is however time-consuming!
Often I find my mind wandering off.
A photo generate an intense feeling of
actually being there.
I can smell the flowers.
I can hear the music.
I can feel the kiss on my lips.
I can hear arguments and conflicts.
I can sense the love
It’s all embedded in this time line.
And the questions arise.
Why?  Why did we meet?
Why did I choose this or that?
It is also time consuming by the whole
metod in itself,
but in the end, I’m sure this is the best way!

Memories, but also a future.
My future.
Our future.
I have no doubt that even if I’m writing my book
about the past, it is not finished.
My story is not finished.
Friendship, and relationships,
continue in to the future.
My book is a snippet of this
continuum!
It really has no true beginning,
nor is it by any means
over yet!

Anna

 

MATSURI = FUN – ROCK – LIVE

English follows below

私たちみんなが待ちに待ってた6日がついにやってきました。

たった一晩であんなにたくさんのバンドが集まるなんて本当にウキウキしました!
いつも元気いっぱいで笑顔の絶えないReds(「AURA」のボーカル、「湾岸の羊」のギター)がこのイベントプロデュース…たくさんの才能にあふれる人たちと一緒に!
彼のおかげでみんながこの夜を心から楽しむことができました。
若いアーティスト、駆け出しのアーティストにベテランのロックミュージシャンの共演
彼らに共通しているのは…みな才能にあふれているということ!!
音楽そして人生に対する楽しみと感謝の気持ちを世界に伝えていく力のある才能。
MATSURIこそがそんなスゴいイベントでした。笑顔、音楽、本当の幸せにあふれるパーティーのように!
MATSURIを3つの部分に分けて紹介します。
アーティストおよびバンドへのリンクも載せる予定ですので
彼らのホームページをチェック・フォローして、ぜひサポートしてください。
Redsが認めるMATSURIの公式ブログはThe Pink Spider Web Blogだけ!
今夜のトップバッターはYameki & ヨースケ New Band。
日本とフィンランドとカナダ出身ミュージシャンのインターナショナルミックス!
国境を超えた国際的なコラボはThe Pink Spider Webにとって非常にうれしいこと!
このすばらしいイベントについてのブログをすべてアップしたら、この思い出深い夜のギャラリーを公開する予定です!忘れられない一晩を忘れないように!
写真はクリックで拡大できます

 

January 6th came the day we had been waiting for.  The excitement to have so many bands during one and the same night!
The always smiling and energetic Reds☆ produced the event … and with so many talents!
He really put a great evening together for us all to enjoy.
Some performers so very young
and some less stage experienced together with some real rocking seniors.
What they all share is: TALENT!
Talent to spread joy and appreciation for music and life itself.
MATSURI was such an amazing event and it was one long party feeling with smiles and music and true happiness!
We will present the MATSURI in 3 parts
There will be links to each performer or band
Please support them and visit their pages and follow them
The Pink Spider Web Blog is the only official MATSURI blog endorsed by Reds
When all blogs are up from this amazing event we will put up a permanent gallery from this sparkling evening, because this night should never be forgotten!

First out on stage this night was
Yameki & ヨースケ New Band
An international mix of musicians from Japan, Canada and Finland!
It makes The Pink Spider Web extra happy to see such international, across borders collaborations.
Click on photos for a larger view. 写真はクリックで拡大できます

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ベースを弾くヨースケ(通称「丸村」)
背景:ギターを弾くYameki
ヨースケ [Yosuke] on the bass or as he is often referred to: 丸村 [Marumura]
In the background Yameki on guitar

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Vocalist Ryu

 

 

 

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ギターを弾くフィンランド出身のTSUOMASU(DIE/MAY)
TSUOMASU (DIE/MAY) from Finland on guitar

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TSUOMASUとかわいいファンのショット!
and spotted in the hallway Tsuomasu with cute fan

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マイクスタンドにいる3人のバンドメンバー。
写真:Yasuhiro Watanabe(撮影者の許可を得ています。)
Watanabeさんのフェイスブックはこちら:
https://www.facebook.com/gibsonthev

3 band members on the MC stand.
Photo by Yasuhiro Watanabe (Used by permission from photographer.)
You can find Watanabe on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/gibsonthev

 

New band members:
Vo. Ryu (ex Lucid)
Gu. Yameki
Gu. TSUOMASU (DIE/MAY)
Ba. 丸村 (ex ALTHEAD)
Support Dr. 音流 (ex Cold Blood)

Set list / セットリスト

1. “Kodou” – Dir en Grey
2. TBA [No title]
3. TBA [No title]

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次はあのロックな夜に演奏した2番目のバンドを紹介しましょう:

Now let’s move on to the second  band up on stage this rocking evening :

666 – Three Six

エネルギーにあふれる彼らがステージに立つと必ず盛り上がります
彼らのすごさはたぶんライブで実際に見ないとわからないでしょう
機会があれば、ぜひ見に行ってみてください。ファンクが入ったメタルです。
今度のライブは2月13日に「吉祥寺 Crescendo」で行います。
詳細や地図はThe Pink Spider Webのアルファベット順の会場リストから:

Never a dull moment when these energy packs are on stage!
What they are about can probably only be felt Live.
If you have a chance go and see for yourself. It is metal with a funky twist.
Next upcoming Live gig is at 吉祥寺Crescendo February 13th.
For map and info to Crescendo go to the Pink Spider Web alphabetical venue list:
http://www.thepinkspiderweb.com/venues/alphabetical/

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Nyeel, King & Kao in action
(photo by intern Julia Meek, The Pink Spider Web)
(写真:The Pink Spider Webインターン生 Julia Meek)

 

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Nyeel


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set list / セットリスト
1. People=shit  [slipknot]
2. おま☆ねず
3. Murder ride family

Info and links to 666 – Three Six

http://6satyricon.wix.com/666-three-six-

Schedule:

http://6satyricon.wix.com/666-three-six-#!about-1/cvf8

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/666ThreeSix

 

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3番目のバンド:見てて楽しくなるカラフルなビジュアルのパンクなセッションバンド:
Third band up – the colorful visually pleasing punkish session band:

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Ryo-Ta (ba)
twitter:
https://twitter.com/RYOTA666jp

Tatsuya (dr.)
https://twitter.com/Tatsuya_thelex_

Takumi (gt.)
https://twitter.com/tkmguns

Ken Suzuki (Vo)
https://www.facebook.com/suzuki.ken.33

 

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青いモヒカンがかっこよすぎないですか?PSWはこういうの大好きです!オーディエンスを喜ばせるために頑張ってくれたんですね…青いモヒカンで!
ありがとうRyo-Ta!
Ryo-Taは「Omega Dripp」でも「湾岸の羊」でも見ることができます!
http://omegadripp.wix.com/omegadripp
https://www.facebook.com/WanganSheep
http://www.wangansheep.com

Isn’t this blue mohawk to die for? PSW love this It’s so great when artists goes the extra length and gives the audience a little extra … like a blue mohawk!
Thanks Ryo-Ta!
You can also see Ryo-Ta in Omega Dripp and 湾岸の羊
http://omegadripp.wix.com/omegadripp
https://www.facebook.com/WanganSheep
http://www.wangansheep.com

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そしてこちらは笑えるおもしろネタ!
Guns N’ Roses – Welcome To The Jungleのsettlementのカバー
and some hilarious, laughing FUN!
their cover of  Guns N’ Roses – Welcome To The Jungle

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本当にウケます…比べてみてください…
so FUNNY  … please take a look and compare …
Youtube >>>> Welcome to the Jungle Guns N’ Roses Live 1988

Their setlist セットリスト

“Shine” – Omega Dripp
“Black Metal” – Venom
“Welcome to the jungle” – Guns N’ Roses

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最高のフォトグラファーYasuhiro Watanabeさんによる写真がもっと見れます。
Watanabeさんのフェイスブックはこちら:
https://www.facebook.com/gibsonthev

and below more photos by the talented photographer Yasuhiro Watanabe
You can find Watanabe on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/gibsonthev

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Tatsuya Settlement drums Photo by Watanabe

 

 

Settlement Drums Tatsuya - Photo by Y.Watanabe

Ken Suzuki Photo by Watanabe

 

 

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今回のMATSURIの情報は以上ですが、またすぐにアップするので待っててくださいね!
次のブログはMATSURI Pt. 2!
私たちやWatanabeさんが撮影した写真を追加でアップ予定、バンドのライブ情報についてのリンクも載せます!

This is all for this time from MATSURI but stay tuned
Next blog up will be part 2 from the MATSURI with more photos by us and by Photographer Watanabe  and all the links you need to go check these bands out!

 

 

the Dragon

YuI and the dragon Blowing fire

Vagu*Project in Osaka June 22, 2012

This was the best live ever with Vagu*Project! Why because they were totally wild and so HAPPY. YuI was just amazing to see on stage totally passionate about their performance and they just nailed it! Wonderful to see and so HAPPY I went down there to see them!

Aresz was also great, and well I have said it before, the sound and mixing can break or make a live performance, and last time I saw both Vagu*Project and Aresz at Meguro Live station was a not good, but here the sound (except for a few mishaps with electricity) it was just perfect and Aresz were fantastic to see. A zillion better than at Live Station in Tokyo. Maybe part of it because Osaka is their home grounds? Either way it was a WOW night.

Sorry but there is no way I can blog anymore from this event until I am in Europe. Packing down my computer, but this was another memory I wanted to keep on TOP until I’m back here again.

Tsuyoshi’s heavy duty keyboard

Here is Tsuyoshi-san in action on his Formula 1 style keyboard! 

The others are : Vo,G:JUN, B:ATSUMI,  and Dr:TAKAYUKI

According to their web site

http://www3.to/dazzle

they are playing again June 25th at Otsuka Red Zone and I intend to be there not only because I would love to see them again… but the line-up that night looks interestingwith

  • ∀NTI FEMINISM, フィリア, Scarlet Valse, 個人主義激場, OWL

DAZZLE – 3rd time was the charm > 4th time more JOY

DAZZLE! at Meguro Live Station 6-6 12

Time for DAZZLE! to enter the stage again. I liked their music the first time I heard them, the second time I was intrigued, third time was the charm and I fell in love with their beat and unique style. This time (think it was the fourth time) I listened to their CD quite a lot during the last weeks before the live, and it was fun to hear them and by now actually know some of the songs they are playing.

You can listen to on their Youtube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/damagefactorydazzle

Next time I must remember to inquire about their name, because I see it often as damagefactory dazzle…. the ‘damage factory’ part seems to me to better suit them, but I really don’t know the whole story here. Their songs often have a sound of industrial beats that I like very much. Listen for example to the song “Inside my piece”  Better sound on their myspace than on the youtube videos…here:

http://www.myspace.com/damagefactorydazzle

Another song I like a lot is “Timeless” both of these songs are definitely high end quality when it comes to arr and melody  and would probably be on top list charts were they already a world known band…

I think this uniqueness in combination with quality material, much in the same way that Vagu*Project have their own sound [and look], is what’s appealing to me. Then add to it some added stage decore to make it a little bit more elaborate, is what is makes them appealing. They look like an odd mix of personalities and types, but they come together as a true band, and also another parallel with Vagu*Project; they radiate their passion from the stage, all of them! Tsuyoshi on keyboard being totally one with his instrument and bouncing with every beat on stage, is really entertainment business at its best. They love what they do, they have good material, they are there for the audience ..and they have IT..

I’d say they need more ‘likes’ on their Facebook page, so let’s help them out a little shall we?

https://www.facebook.com/damagefactorydazzle