Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts

Monday, 25 August 2014

The Sake - A Japanese Performance

Last weekend I and my sweetie Hubby went to see The Sake - a Japanese performance that was on at the Edinburgh Fringe. I knew about the show as there as a preview performance on stage when I was down at Hyper Japan. 


So when we found out about this and it being on our door step we made sure to book some tickets , the baby sitter and went to on our way. I was not completely sure what to expect as the we only saw a small preview on the Hyper Japan stage all the event said was it was a story and performance with lights.



These are all photos from Hyper Japan, from The Sake preview. Which I really enjoyed so I was looking forward so much to seeing the full length show.The Show is a Story , through music dance and stunning dance with drapes and ribbons.



The Story of the Sake takes you through a year of the season in which each season there is the aspects of elements that are used to make the Sake. The performers are all stunning and the narrator is charming witty and drunk ( acting btw.) sake brewer . The Spring has light images projected  of the Cherry blossom season where you watched a stunning dancer , performing with grace and beauty which then led to the musician using something  that looked like some kind of metal drum. That created the sound of rain that soon led to a down pour and that's when we meet more artists who used ropes and outfits to represent the elements of the Thunder and Wind gods of Shinto.

 It was utterly jaw dropping stuff. This was when the Bass and guitar players start playing music to complement the mood of the Ropes spinning at top speed with the dancers on them. - Kyaa!!



Soon next came the next month of Autumn and  and the light hearted fun came into play with our narrator chasing the cheeky mice and getting people from the crowd to come on stage and par take lessons from him wielding the sword to deal with the mice snacking on the Rice. Soon after we get to admire the ' Magic' that is then performed  to make the Sake well.. Sake.  hehe which was just magical to watch.




Derpy me and some of the Cast Performers.
After some fun and entertainment of magic the Winter comes into play, where we meet more of the Elemental Gods of winter and possibly Frost while the sake ages and brews. Again a other stunning perfomace with dance and music . As well as this one performer who was spinning and dancing with only 2 pieces of  long thick ribbons from the top of the stage.


It was a very interesting performance and show I really enjoyed it very much it was just magic, As much as love the Kawaii aspect and fashions from Japan, I have a huge soft spot for the much more traditional side of Japan. 





After the performance, I went over to greet the Narrator and the Cherry Blossom dancer , I thanked them for a lovely show ( using my broken Japanese haha.) And said how we heard about them . The Cherry Blossom dancer was tickled pink with this and she was UTTERLY STUNNING! She even offered me a gift of signed post cards of her after hearing we saw them at Hyper Japan. Which then got others talking and wondering who I was to get a slightly different treatment than them! Which was kind of funny.

If you ever do find out that this show, The Sake is on near you it is so worth checking out!
Till next time!  Kanpai!!! *raises a Sake Box*


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Monday, 28 July 2014

Hyper Japan 2014

Hyper Japan! The UK's biggest Japanese culture convention. Held often twice a year in London.
This year was my 1st time at Hyper Japan. Something I saved up for and put aside my time just to go. I am going to spilt up my post in two, Day one and Day two. Because there is so much to show and tell. I went both Friday and Saturday. (Blog post is image heavy )

Day One:t ( A run through of what to find and discover at Hyper Japan.)
 Wow , even over a hour or so before the event there was a queue, the sun was belting down on all those in the queue and it was so hot! Any way once the doors were open it did not take long for the room to fill up, in no time there was people everywhere. The first thing you are greeted by is the huge character Chopper , signs for each area hanging from the ceiling and a sea of vendors. One main stage at the right rear and 2 smaller stages. Each one full of performers, music, fashion and even someKawaii robots. To be really honest I did not know where to start so as there was so much to take in.

There was a huge Games area from Arcade games to trying out, the WiiU and the 3DS. Am pretty old school with my consoles- lol- So I gave my best at having a go of the newer consoles and failed miserably. It was pretty fun, there was a lot of hard core gamers and so much going on in this one small area of the event. If you went walking about that area you had the chance to meet and greet Mario, Luigi , Pac-man and Pikachu Mascots, I missed Pikachu...I was so gutted but never mind! Please excuse my bad photo of me with Mario and Luigi, Hubby took it and my face is hidden in shadow! - eeep-







Game's were not the only high technology at the event! There was a on screen Domo Kun ( a Japanese TV mascot for the Channel NHK,) that you could get your photo taken with and a small section of the most adorable looking robots ever to. Adding to the musical element was Hyper Vocaloid.




Monday, 24 February 2014

Kawaii Interview time with Kelsey (Kimono time)

Its time for a other Kawaii interview with some one I find is very interesting and very kawaii! Kimono time  who is a Jpop dancer on youtube! so lets get on with the interview!


Hello , Hi there Kelsey, please do tell us more about yourself!
Hello, my name's Kelsey! I'm a teeny arpakasso obsessed hobbit from yorkshire and I love dressing and being inspired by jfashion!http://www.youtube.com/kimonotime
N'aww lol to cute , First off when and how did you get into Kawaii culture?

I think it would probably be after I saw Gwen Stefani and I looked up Harajuku girls. I became obsessed with the fashion and I'd look at pictures on google all the time, wishing I could look as cool!
What did you find that appealed to you in Kawaii Culture?
It's just so different to anything I see in my everyday life. I'm quite an energetic and expressive person and I feel like the kawaii culture and it's fashion really fits my personality.
What do Kawaii mean to you?
To me, it means embracing yourself fully and not being afraid to be who you want to be! Sometimes it can mean cute, but there are so many ways a person can be cute! 

I love your dress sense,(its super kawaii) and  your style can you tell us more about it and do you have any tips on how to achieve it ?

Thank you so much! ^^
I never really know what my style truly is. I just wear what I want. But there always seems to be a hint of cute in there somewhere! I'm really inspired by the street style in harajuku and japan, and I like to mix it with some U.K styles sometimes too. .To get inspiration, I look on tumblr, or instagram at street snaps. 
I love mixing styles
And I really enjoy expressing things I love through my outfits, for example pizza!

Wow cool, 
What styles would you say influence you?
Mostly street styles, but I love pretty pastel styles like fairy kei too.
Where do you like to shop for your style?
I get a lot of stuff online, mainly ebay, I also love thrifting and charity shopping. A lot of my clothes are from the U.K high street too.

How do others react to your Kawaii styles?
Sometimes I get some stares in public, but I don't really mind. I used to be scared because I thought everyone was making fun of me, but actually, I'm surprised because every person that has spoken to me in public are always interested and ask me where I get my things from. I especially love wearing kawaii styles in London! I see people smiling, and whether it's a mocking smile or a genuine smile, it makes me feel happy that my style made someone smile that day!

I have a few friends that are into the same style as me but my other friends and my family are used to it, since I've always been a little bit out there. My mum is always asking me if she's kawaii!
Wow that is very interesting!
Since being into Kawaii Culture would you say the way you do some things likes of your hair and make up ,Have they changed over time?

Yes! I love experimenting with my look, it's never the same! I'm obsessed with wigs too, they can give you a completely different look!
Do you have any 'can not live with out' items that are Kawaii?
My platform shoes and my wigs! Also, bows, I couldn't live without bows!

What kind or anime or manga do you like and what would you recommend to some one?
I'm not actually a huge anime or manga fan. But one of my favourites is Chobits because she's a cute android, who doesn't like cute androids?? It's such a heart warming story!

What kind of Music do you listen too?

I listen to lots of Jpop and Kpop. My favourite artists are Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and 2NE1. But I also love pop music in the U.K and U.S too. I love pop music!
Who would you pick Sanrio or San X its a tough question ^^!

I think it has to be San X ! All the characters look so cuddly!
Photo by *Sparkles/Beckii

And who would you say is your most loved Kawaii Character?

I love the Mameshiba's! I wish they were real things!
*^* me too!!
What has been your most creative project to date?

I entered a harajuku fashion show, and I decided to make a cord from a theme. I chose Monsters VS Aliens theme!
Do you have a Kawaii Idol or some one that inspires you?
Yes, I have quite a few!
But some of them are Kyary Pamyu Pamyu( I can't wait to see her in London!), Ayumi Seto, Kozue Akimoto and I love the instagrammer Andiautumn.
Do you have a Kawaii Idol or some one that inspires you?
Yes, I have quite a few!
But some of them are Kyary Pamyu Pamyu( I can't wait to see her in London!), Ayumi Seto, Kozue Akimoto and I love the instagrammer Andiautumn.


If you could go anywhere for a day where would you go and what would you do?
This is very obvious, but I've never been to Japan, so I would take a huge empty suitcase with me and go crazy in Harajuku.

Hehe - okay am your very own Kawaii fairy and I can grant you 3 wishes! What can I make happen for you?!
Ok, I'm going to keep them kawaii related~
1. A trip to Japan with all my friends!
2. That I could meet Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and perform with her on stage (I'm a huge fan!)
3. That is was the law that everytime someone woke up an arpakasso would appear and tell you when you woke up how kawaii you are and shout words of encouragement, to make you happy for the day! ~

Thank you so much for the interview! 
Kelsey ~<3 <3

(I added all the images in the attachments ^^)

This was the cutest interview I've ever had haha! Thank you!

Monday, 18 February 2013

Cats The Musical



''Jellicle Cats come out tonight
Jellicle cats come one, come all

The Jellicle Moon is shining bright

Jellicles come to the Jellicle Ball''



 Konnichiwa,
Hello every one, This weekend I saw  a great performance of the Musical Cats.
Through in Edinburgh.

(>.<)
Its one of my top Musicals,I have loved it as a young girl. Its a Musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the poems of  T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.