歌舞伎役者の顔見世、博多座船乗り込みが毎年５月29日に博多で行われます。5月帰福中に参加しました。今年はお天気に恵まれました。 Hakataza Funanorikomi:Hakataza June Kabuki shows are held at Hakataza Theater in Hakata (Fukuoka), Japan every year. They have a Funanorikomi ceremony on May 29th. We got tickets to watch it again. The weather was very nice this year. I attended it while I was visiting Fukuoka, Japan.
博多着物を着る会の方々に便乗。朝8時半から着物の着付けと髪結いです。母と。 I went with the Wear Kimono Group in Hakata. I made an appointment at a salon at 8:30 am for hair and wearing Kimono with my mother.
博多着物を着る会で11時に近くのホテルに集合しランチ。舟乗り込みの歴史などをききました。 The members of Wear Kimono Group Hakata gathered for lunch at 11 am at a near-by hotel. We learned the history of "Hakataza Funanorikomi".
We waited for the boats to come in the back of Kawabata Zenzai Square along the river in Kami Kawabata Mall, Fukuoka, Japan. A boarding ceremony was held at Canal City Hakata at 1 pm. The boats left there and "koujou" greeting was done at Kawabata Zenzai Square for a few minutes from around 1:45 pm.
歌舞伎役者、芸子さん、市長、ゲストらを乗せた舟。 Boats carrying Kabuki actors, Geisha girls, City mayor, guests, etc.
The boats left one by one after the "koujou" greeting. The boats will float until Hakata Riverain where Hakataza theater is located. The boat pilots are gathered here from Yanagawa city every year. In Yanagawa there are many sight-seeing river floating boats.
We were blessed with sunny weather this year. Last year a typhoon passed through the Northern Kyushu Island at the exact time. Funanorikomi ceremony was cancelled.
川端ぜんざい広場の山傘 Yamakasa float at Kawabata Zenzai Square 福岡市博多区上川端町10-254 10-254 Kami-kawabata, Hakata-ku Fukuoka city, Japan
博多座のある博多リバレン Hakataza Theater at Hakata Riverain 2-1 Shimo-kawabata, Hakata-ku Fukuoka city, Japan 福岡市博多区下川端町2－1 TEL:092-263-5555 (Reservation) TEL:092-263-5858 (General) www.hakataza.co.jp/ www.hakataza.co.jp/keitai/
This year I stayed in my home city, Fukuoka, from May 24 evening to 29 afternoon. While I was there, I did a day trip to Sakurajima, Kagoshima, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima by taking Sakura Bullet train. Sorry that my blog uploading is slow.
先週末セドナにドライブ旅行。ロサンゼルスから片道500マイル（800km)です。朝6時45分にガーディナ市を出発。高速を飛ばし、途中3回休憩し、午後3時15分にセドナのホテルに到着。写真を少しシェアーします。 ( ベル・ロック / Bell Rock ↓） Sedona Trip 1: We drove to Sedona, AZ last weekend. It's about 500 miles (800 km) each way. We left Gardena at 6:45 am and took free ways and high ways, took 3 breaks, and arrived at Sedona around 3:15 pm. I will share some photos from Sedona. 7/21日、朝5時にホテル(Days Inn Kopelili)で待ち合わせをして、車で3分ぐらいの、Bell Rock Trail Pass 駐車場を過ぎ、Courthouse Butte 駐車場に車を停める。1日$5。往復2時間ほどのハイキングコース。
We met at the hotel (Days Inn Kopelili) at 5 am on July 21, drove 3 minutes north and passed "Bell Rock Trail Pass" parking and parked at "Courthouse Butte" parking lot. It's $5 for a day pass. The hiking was about 2 hours a round trip.
There were huge rocks on the way to the top, I could not climb them by myself. John, Kurumi, and Joy who were with me helped me, and I was able to climb up there. Thanks a lot for your help.
一番上までは行けませんが、道具無しで行けた最高地点の岩で、朝陽を見ながら30分ほど瞑想。 We could not go up to the very top without rock climbing tools. We went up very far and saw sun-rise and did meditation for 30 minutes up there.
気持ちのいい早朝ハイキングでした。前の晩、90日ぶりに雨が降ったセドナ。山火事警報も解除されラッキーでした。 It was very nice early morning hike. It rained for the first time in 90 days the previous night in Sedona. It lifted the brush fire warnings. We were lucky.
After the hike, we had breakfast, went to Pink Jeep tour, Lunch, Astrology Class, Indian Sweat Lodge, Pot-luck Dinner, and Chrystal Astrology class until 10:20 pm. It was a long day. The tour was planned by Reverend John Hirano of ISC Center.
AI 待望の凱旋スペシャルライブ！AI “INDEPENDENT” TOUR IN L.A のお知らせです。 ニューアルバム”INDEPENDENT”をリリースし全国ツアーも大成功で終えたAIが、自身の感性を磨いた第２の故郷ロサンゼルスで8月24日に凱旋スペシャルライブを行ないます。全米チケットマスターにて前売りチケット絶賛発売中！ AI “INDEPENDENT” TOUR IN L.A: Japan’s top Hip-hop/R&B/Soul singer AI, who recently finished a national tour in Japan with her new hit album “INDEPENDENT,” returns to her second home, Los Angeles, for a Special Return Home Concert on August 24, 2012.
“君が笑えば すべてが良くなる”と、そのポジティブな歌詞と親しみやすいメロディーで大きな話題と共感を呼び、これまで130万DLを超え、各種チャートでトップを飾るなど名実共にこの冬を代表する大ヒット・シングルとなった、AIが発信した心のメッセージ「ハピネス／Letter In The Sky feat. The Jacksons」、コミック界のモンスター作品である「ベルセルク」の映画エンディングテーマ曲“ウツクシキモノや、力強くしなやかな現在進行形のAIを象徴する“INDEPENDENT WOMANなど、7ヶ月間に渡るレコーディング期間を経て完成したAI通算9枚目となるオリジナル・アルバム”INDEPENDENT”を引っさげロサンゼルスで今最も人気のあるダウンタウンLA LIVEのライブ会場”クラブノキア”にて一夜限りのコンサートを開催します。日本を代表するシンガーAIの快進撃は、いよいよアジア、そして世界へと羽ばたき、新たなるフェーズの幕開けとなる。本格的な海外活動に向け、ここロサンゼルでの凱旋ライブは記憶に残る素晴らしいコンサートになること、マチガイナイ！
AI will be performing her 9th original album “INDEPENDENT,” including her big hit single with positive lyrics and infectious melody that reached over 1,300,000 downloads since its release last winter: “Happiness / Letter In The Sky feat. The Jacksons,” the theme song: “UTSUKUSHIKIMONO” from the popular comic-turned-movie “BERSERK,” and the strong and graceful song symbolizing AI’s style: “INDEPENDENT WOMAN,” at Club Nokia, located within Downtown LA’s famous entertainment complex LA LIVE. This concert will mark the beginning of singer AI’s new chapter, who will continue on to make her advancement to the rest of Asia, and to the World. This one –time concert is NOT to be missed!
Pre-sale tickets now on sale from June 15, 2012 (Fri) from all Ticketmaster outlets. General tickets went on sale from July 2, 2012 (Mon). Concert details will be updated on AI’s Official Website and Social Media.
先月「ひろの屋」で贅沢な和食ランチをいただきました。ガーディナの東西プラザ内にあります。ベテランシェフ塩野博之氏による和食居酒屋です。 Hironoya Restaurant: I had a deluxe Japanese lunch there last month. It's located inside Tozai Plaza, Gardena, CA. It's Japanese cuisine and Izakaya tapas restaurant by an experienced chef, Mr. Hiroyuki Shiono.
ランチメニュー。平日午前11時半～午後2時まで。 Lunch Menu-- It's served 11:30 am to 2 pm on Weekdays
At night they serve Izakaya tapas menu as well as Japanese cuisine. The Happy Hour is during lunch time and from 5:30 to 7 pm on Monday to Friday. I used $25 restaurant certificate I purchased at 30% off at US-Utopia site.
I drove to Sedona, AZ last Friday to Sunday. It's about 1000 miles a round trip, 16 hours drive from Los Angeles. It rained the first time in 90 days in Sedona the night we arrived there. It was blessed rain. It also rained the next day after 1 pm and at night. It lifted the brush fire warning in the area. Thanks to the rain, we experience the native American Indian's sweat lodge. It was my first sweat lodge experience. It was a spiritual trip.
ミツワ・トーレンス店、コスタメサ店、サンディエゴ店で7月19日から22日まで「九州・沖縄物産展」開催中。昨日19日ランチタイムにトーレンス店に行ってきました。 （久留米「龍の家」とんこつラーメン/Tatsunoya's Tonkotsu Ramen $9.90+tax↓) "Mitsuwa Kyushu/Okinawa Fair" is being held at Torrance, Costa Mesa, and San Diego locations from July 19 to 22, 2012. I went to Torrance store yesterday, July 19, 2012.
The Kingdom of the Ryukyus reigned over Japan's southwestern islands for about 450 years from 1429 to 1879.
Since 32,000 years ago, humans lived in the Ryukyu Archipelago, a chain of islands stretching from Amami-oshima in the north to Yaeyama Islands in the south. Political forces on these islands began to appear in the 12th century, a period corresponding to Japan's Kamakura era.
Through wars and reconciliation, local warlords known as "aji" were gradually reduced in number as power was consolidated by a few. Finally in 1429, Sho Hashi defeated the major ajis to establish a unified nation. This marks the birth of the Kingdom of the Ryukyus and the Sho Dynasty.
The Ryukyus gradually evolved. Through trade and diplomatic ties with China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia, the Ryukyus developed as an ocean-faring nation, with Shurijo Castle as its political, economic and cultural center.
I took a shuttle bus from the hotel in Ginowan city to Naha airport. I stored my luggage in a prepaid locker. Then, I took a monorail, called "Yui-rail" from the airport to Shurijo station around 30 minutes. It's 18 minute walking distance from the monorail station to the entrance gate. I took a local bus and walked 5 minutes to the entrance gate.
龍があちらこちらにあしらわれています。龍神様の宿るお城です。 Dragons were used in several places in the buildings. Dragon God is staying in the castle.
首里城本殿の真上に龍神様の形をした雲が浮びます。 A dragon-shaped Dragon God's cloud appeared above the main building at Shurijo Castle.
琉球王が座した椅子。赤と金であでやかです。 The chair of the Ryukyu kingdom king. It's decorated with red and Gold and very colorful.
首里城から見下ろした那覇港。 Naha Seaport looking from Shurijo Castle
首里城 Shuri Castle 沖縄県那覇市首里金城町1-2番地 1-2 Kinjo-cho, Shuri Naha city, Okinawa tel:098-886-2020
入館料は大人800円。ゆいレールの1日乗車券（600円）を見せれば、入館料は600円に割引される。 Admission is 800 yen for adults. If you show Yui-rail's one day pass (600 yen), it will be discounted to 600 yen.
『メイゾン･リッツ(Maison-Riz)』を6月の土曜日再訪。レドンドビーチ・ピアに2009年4月頃開店した和風フレンチです。どの席からもオーシャンビューです。最近は和風は減らし、アメリカン・フレンチに落ち着いたようでした。 "Maison-Riz"at Redondo Pier: We re-visited there for lunch on Saturday in June. It opened in April 2009. It's on the Redondo Pier, so it's sitting above the ocean and offers great ocean view from almost all tables in the restaurant. They used to have Japanese French recipes and seasoning. It seems they have changed to American French tastes.
窓際に案内されました。南側と西側両方がオーシャンビュー。 We were seated by the window. Great Ocean view on the South and West sides.
ランチメニュー Lunch Menu
焼きたてフランスパン Oven Fresh French Bread クリーミーなバターとあいます。以前はここのオリジナル海苔バターでした。
It goes well with creamy Butter. They used to serve Seaweed Butter.
It's full of Milk and very hot in temperature wise. It's a refreshing Soup.
シーフードパスタ $19 Seafood Pasta ホタテ、あさり、ムール貝、イカ、海老のカンズリトマトソースパスタ。ホタテの貝殻が載せてあり豪華です。 パスタの湯で加減はアルデンテ。ソースとからみ美味でした。
Kanzuri Tomato Sauce Pasta with Scallop, Clam, Mussel, Squid, Shrimp. It looks gorgeous with Scallop shell on top. Pasta was done al dente, just right. The Tomato sauce went well with the pasta noodle, and it tasted great!
ベービーバックリブ $13 Baby Back Ribs 前来たときは無かったメニュー。量感がありお徳です。フレンチフライドポテトかサラダのチョイスあり。サラダのドレッシングはバルサミコ酢でした。
It's a new menu. They did not have when we came here the previous time. It's a value meal with lots of volume. You have a choice of French Fries or Salad. The Salad dressing was Balsamic Vinegar.
『レストラン・コム』＄25お食事券使用。 この＄25お食事券は通常＄10で販売。8割引きセール中に＄2で購入しました。 この店ではこのお食事券を使うと、＄25引く前の合計に消費税と18パーセントのチップが自動加算されます。＄25引かれ＄41ぐらいでした。 We used "Restaurant.com $25 Certificate." Usually it costs $10, but I got it at $2 when they were having 80% off sale. At this restaurant, when the Restaurant.com $25 certificate is used, 18% gratuity and sales tax is added automatically on the total before deducting $25. We paid around $41 after $25 discount.
Justice for Sho Funai killed by drunk driving hit-and-run: A few days ago I learned about the death of Sho Funai, a 23-year-old engineer who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Ocean Beach, San Diego last March. His family is asking for justice.
The driver, 19-year-old Nikolette Gallo (who was 18 at the time of the accident), struck Sho from behind, left him to die, and only turned herself into police the next day, after seeing news reports about the accident.
Despite admitting to drinking several shots of vodka and smoking marijuana before getting in a car that evening, without sufficient evidence of driving under the influence, Gallo was only charged with a hit-and-run. She pled guilty earlier this month.
Gallo is scheduled to be sentenced on July 26. The judge is apparently "considering probation and some sort of custody or alternatives to custody at the time of sentencing." However, Sho Funai's loved ones are calling for a harsher sentence:
第17回ブリッジＵＳＡ夏祭りが7月8日日曜日午前10時から午後7時までトーレンスシビックセンターで開催されました。午後3時過ぎから行ってきました。 "Bridge USA Summer Festival" was held on Sunday, July 8, 2012 from 10 am to 7 pm at Torrance Civic Center. We went there from around 3 pm.
There are several food booths with long lines, such as Yakitori Chicken, Hokkai Beef Bowl, Sushi, Okonomi-yaki (Japanese pizza pancake), Takoyaki (Octopus Balls), Yakisoba Chow-mein, Grilled Squid, Grilled Corn, Cold Fresh Pineapple, Corn Dogs, Shaved Ice, etc.
I had Yakitori chicken, Okonomi-yaki (Japanese pizza pancake), a Corn Dog, and Takoyaki (Octopus Balls).
北海牛丼。 冷たいヤクルトをライトとレギュラーを2本ずつサンプルにもらいました。 Hokkaido Beef Bowl (Left). Yakuruto (Right). I got 2 each of cold Yakuruto for sampling.
ユニオン銀行外れなしの抽選。占いの館に居たあの"魔女ともえ"さん。 Drawings with prizes for all by Union Bank (Left). The famous 'Witch Tomoe' at Fortune Telling booth was there.
今年はカラオケ大会に13組出場。数ヶ月前に申し込みは締め切られ、練習して来た面々です。優勝賞金は500ドルでした。 13 groups participated Karaoke contest this year. The application deadline was a few months prior to this festival. They were chosen and practiced for this event. The Karaoke champion received $500 cash.
The 2nd prize winner was Brian. He received Tamatebako Restaurant's $40 certificate and Shinsengumi Restaurant's $50 ceritificate. He sung "Ocean and its Love" by Yuzo Kayama in Japanese. He had a great singing voice similar to Yuzo Kayama san. He forgot the lyrics and mumbling "Lalala..." in the middle little bit.
The champion was Kanae. Her song was "Hanamizuki", 'Cornus Florida' by Hitoto Yo. She looks so happy receiving $500 prize.
2012 Pom Pom Girls at Bridge USA Summer Fest. Part2
http://youtu.be/Qr2Y0clI6cI AspenTaro--July 10, 2010:Bridge USA 夏祭りでのポンポンガールズのパフォーマンス。ブリッジＵＳＡ音頭。 Here is the performance of Pom Pom Girls and some others at Bridge USA Summer Festival 2012.
Maru Maru Mori Mori (English Sub.)
http://youtu.be/2qymjdyIe7I zammaccasoccer--Feb 9, 2012: This is the ending song of the drama "Marumo no okite". It's about a salary-man who becomes the guardian of his friend's twin children... Everything changed after the kids found a talking dog.
第72回二世ウイークがロスのリトル東京で8月11日から19日まで開催されます。期間中8月10日から13日まで第四回LA七夕祭りが開催されます。7月7日は七夕の日でしたね。LAと仙台の七夕祭りを調べました。 （2011年のアニメ・七夕飾り。/ Anime Kazari display from 2011.↓ ） "72nd Nisei Week Japanese Festival" will be held from August 11th to 19th, 2012 in Little Tokyo, downtown Los Angeles. The 4th Annual LA Tanabata Festival will be held from August 10 to 13, 2012 during the Nisei Week. July 7th was Tanabata Star Festival Day. I checked out Tanabata Festival in LA and Sendai. the Mecca of Tanabata Festival.
LA Tanabata Festival: Please come out and be part of the 4th Annual Tanabata Festival August 10-13. Make and register your kazari. Worshops are ongoing, Saturdays and Sundays from 10-5 at the Koban! Any questions visit jhills.com or cal 213-613-1911.
An anime/manga category was added to this year's L.A. Tanabata Festival. The first photo shows the two of the kazari made last year that inspired them to add this category. I bet there will be more Anime/manga kazari this year.
7月4日独立記念日、今年もレドンドビーチ花火大会を観に行きました。30年続いたトーレンス市の花火大会は2010年7月で終了。 "Redondo Beach Fireworks": On Independence Day, 4th of July, 2012, we went to Redondo Beach, CA to see the Fireworks show again. The one in Torrance city was discontinued as of July 2010 after 30 year of history.
花火大会は午後9時から20分間でした。フィナーレ部分の動画を下にアップします。 The fireworks was from 9 pm for 20 minutes. I uploaded the finale portion below.
Firework Redondo Beach 2012
http://youtu.be/lp7ZVqvkrR4 7月4日レドンドビーチの花火大会。フィナーレ5分を2分35秒に編集しました。 Fireworks show at Redondo Beach, CA on 7-4-2012. It was from 9 pm for 20 minutes. I edited the last 5 minute portion to 2:35 minutes. It sounds nice with the ocean waves at Redondo Pier.
After this, South Torrance Beach had Firework shows from 9:30 pm for 20 minutes. July 4th was on Wednesday, the middle of the weekdays, so I did not go out of town this year. I enjoyed the local fireworks.
According to Los Angeles Times, "One of the largest Fourth of July fireworks shows in the nation was ruined in San Diego Wednesday after a glitch caused all the pyrotechnics to ignite all at once.
About five minutes before the Port of San Diego’s Big Bay Boom was to begin at 9 p.m., spectators saw a brilliant display of fireworks that shot up in only 15 seconds – an incredible disappointment to hundreds of thousands of spectators who had waited for hours for the 18-minute show (see video below)." OMG! That sounds terrible!
http://youtu.be/JuJHfkXEI-o Andrew92106-7-4-2012:The Big Bay Boom Firework Show in San Diego for 2012 was a "Big Bay Bust". There was a technical problem and ALL of the fireworks went off within 30 seconds.
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