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Last weeks of summer

You can feel the summer is going away when the crickets start to sing in the evening. Walking home from work is my favorite part of the day because I get to listen to their quiet song along the way. When you live in Tokyo, the sense of tranquility escapes you almost entirely, emerging only in these scarce moments – in between the passing trains, on small streets where urban noise is not so apparent.. Autumn is my season, I love everything about it – the crickets, the cosmos flowers, the golden pampas grass and red leaves, Full moon festival, Halloween, warm sweaters and hot Starbucks coffee, deserted beaches, the smell of cold air and rainy evenings…

There is a lot to look forward to this autumn but there also has been a lot of great moments that took place in these last few weeks of summer thanks to my friends who always make my life special and bring so much into it.

Since, I don’t have much time to write about each and every one of those occasions, I decided to put everything in one post in a chronological order. ^-^

Right after I came back from Russia, I went to an onsen in Yokohama with Gow, Hitomi and Lisa. It was a great place with various saunas, rotemburo and massage options.

Then on the same day, I went to Odaiba to bond with my new Russian friends whom I met through a Facebook community. I am one of those silly girls who once in Odaiba, absolutely have to spend time at the beach, go shopping at Venus fort and ride a huge Ferris wheel near Toyota testing center. Luckily, they were the same silly kind so I really enjoyed that evening. ^-^

Then, we celebrated Dalrae’s birthday

and Dasha’s birthday at my two favorite places in Shibuya. ^-^ Actually, this picture of me, Dasha and Inna was taken by a famous Japanese actress Miki Maya. She was sitting next to us and kindly offered to take our picture!! I recognized her only after she gave me back my camera. She was absolutely gorgeous even without any makeup! I wish I could look like that at her age!! Her roles in the movies are always so strong. She is among a few Japanese actors who have real talent. I just love her! I wish I had courage to tell that to her…

After that, there was a Comedy night at Pink Cow which was especially funny this time thanks to a newcomer Mimi – Japanese girl with a beautiful British accent. Can’t wait to see her again! She is really really good!

Then, as usual this time of the year there was a Brazil festival in Yoyogi park

and Vincent’s final live all in the same day. His guest performers were soo good! I absolutely fell in love with his Chanson singer friend who was very theatrical in Edith Piaf kind of way. Vincent was at the top of his game as well, performing many of his original songs.

Then, Shelly was throwing the first ball at the Baystars vs Yakult baseball game so she got us all free tickets. I really don’t understand the baseball game but watching it with girlfriends while eating junk food and drinking beer made it really enjoyable.

Last week, I went to the movies to see “Smurfs” which was a great Sunday evening movie – silly and sweet. On my way back home, I stopped at the Belgium beer festival in front of Asahi TV station. There was a live performance of a very cool Belgium band and lots of beer. For 35$ you could sample-taste everything.

Then, I also went to Shibuya summer festival. The end of summer in Japan is the season of traditional local festivals where people gather on the streets of small towns dressed in summer kimono called “yukata” and dance, eat, drink and play various carnival games. I love it soooo much but because it is usually very hot and crowded and you tend to end up smelling like fried food – my husband is not a big fan so I had to literally drag him into the mayhem of Shibuya’s main shrine “Konno jinjya”. These kind of festivals usually take place around main shrines that also sponsor them.

Last year, I wrote about Azabu juban matsuri with more details on food stalls.

And finally Gow’s bday at the closing 57 club in Roppongi. It was the club’s last day of business so we had everything for free except the drinks. It was the cheapest most glamorous birthday party ever. ^-^

My birthday is coming in two weeks and Diana’s was two weeks ago so Gow chan was very sweet to put our names onto the cake as well. I even got some presents yay!

Yesterday, I went to Yokohama to see a new exhibit – a collection of installations and video art organized in one of Yokohama’s many warehouses. I liked some pieces like wasabi powder message board and trees growing sideways but most of it was too much out there. As much as I appreciate modern conceptual art, I would have loved a little bit more effort put into the execution of some pieces. Oh, but there was one cool thing that I really loved – a movie called “Clocks”. It is exactly 24 hours long and consists entirely of scenes with clocks from different movies with clocks in each scene showing the real time. I started watching it at 4PM and all the clocks in the movie scenes were showing 4PM – it was truly an elaborate project. ^-^

Last weekend..

Last Saturday, my friend Vincent asked me to help him record his second live performance. He put me in charge of the video and photo shooting for the rehearsal and the official part. I was so proud of myself because it was my first time to deal with unfamiliar video equipment. I managed to set everything up within 5 minutes.

He invited a lot of musicians to accompany him which really enhanced his performance. He did his own versions of “Zombie” and “Lemon tree” – my favorite songs from the end of 90s as well as bunch of original stuff.

When it was over, we had a little after party where I got to meet some of my old friends and drink a really good wine. ^-^

Here is the picture of Vincent’s fans who also came last time. In fact, right after Vincent announced his third performance date, I saw them buying tickets online using their mobile phones. I think he is ready to build an army. ^-^

The next day, I felt like catching a cold so I stayed home and watched DVD the whole day. Recently, I rent everything online so watching an actual DVD is something I didn’t do in three years. ^-^ I rented a movie I so shamelessly happened to miss two years ago. It’s called  “2 days in Paris” and directed by one of my favorite director/actress/singer/songwriter prodigy Julie Delpy.  Her new movie is reminiscent of my generation favorite “Before sunrise” and “Before sunset” sequel only her version is much more bold and stripped from any kind of embellishment that is so typical for any Hollywood movie. This movie is what I call a “lyrical comedy” where things are shown exactly the way they are. I especially loved the scene where a Boyfriend is trying to put a condom on and a Girlfriend is taking her glasses from a night stand, puts them on and tries to help him under the sheets. It’s so funny and so real – I can relate to almost any scene in that movie especially to the arguments about the cultural differences and cries for acceptance. The soundtrack was written by Julie herself and it’s really great too! Watching French movies makes me want to learn French so bad! Three words I learned watching the movie : Soiree, Genial and Arrêt – only a trillion more to go. ^-^

This movie proudly goes into my top ten!

I also must have been slightly depressed on Sunday since I rushed into organizing stuff. I discovered a big bag full of old postcards I purchased at museum gift shops over the years and decided to use them as my toilet decoration. ^-^

I’m going to rotate them every month since I have hundreds more. ^-^ Me and my husband are frighting over whose postcard goes to the wall. For now, it’s six mine and five his. I won! ^-^

Fleurs de musique – Vincent’s first live performance

To be honest, when Vincent sent me an invite to his first live I didn’t know what to think of it because for years that I’ve known him, he never mentioned he can sing. In fact, most of our common friends are singers and he’s never claimed to be one of them till now.  But yes, he can sing and quite beautifully.

Half of the songs were in French – beautiful chanson romances. I particularly liked “Ne me quitte pas” – a very powerful song that I first heard performed by one of my favorite singers Nina Simon. You have to have a lot of character to sing it right and I think Vincent’s performance gave it justice.

I also loved the song called “Tous les cris les SOS”. I didn’t understand the lyrics besides some obvious moments but the way he sang was very emotional and I felt really connected to it.

The second half of the performance was full of surprises. Vincent invited my three favorite girls to sing duets together. At first, he did an impromptu of “Somewhere over the rainbow” and ” 君の知らない物語” with Gow chan. It was the most energizing part of the whole evening! ^-^

Then, he sang an anime song with Laura which was sooo good! They got into characters and had a small fight on stage. That was funny! I have never seen Laura like that. She looked like a 宝塚 girl! ^-^

Then, there were two French songs with Mia who had a very sweet voice. I had no idea! All my friends are so multitalented.. I felt inspired and ashamed at the same time..

Last couple of songs were in Japanese performed together with a Violin player from のだめカンタビレand a harp player who did a nice version of Arai Akino song.

After the performance, we went out to a nice little bar in Shinjuku.

L & V’s birthday (not wedding)

That’s how it was officially announced – a birthday party, not a wedding! L and V decided to throw one big party this year because their birthdays are only two weeks apart.

They rented a cute little French restaurant in Shinjuku and invited quite a crowd – the usual kind, people you can only meet at their birthdays – actors, singers, entertainment managers and producers, makeup artists and the weird people. I love the last kind the most. This time, my most favorite was the guy dressed as Prince Charming with a servant by his side. I so wanted to talk to him but me starring at him so hard must have spooked him away coz he left short after arrival. Damn, I wish I could get inside his head and see how everything works in the magical little world of his..

Unfortunately, my birthday surprise to V was totally ruined by his mean little friend who called him and revealed that’s the present is gonna be Nintendo Wii. I spend half an hour wrapping it in silver paper with four different kinds of ribbons and then dragging it all the way to Shinjuku in the rain. If I knew V is gonna know about it, I wouldn’t bother.. I so wanted to surprise him…

It was also a debut night for my brand new toy Panasonic GF-1 single lens camera I bought for my upcoming trip to Patagonia. It’s perfect! It takes great photos in the dark and the portraits are beautiful!! I already tamed it but of course all the pictures with me in it that were taken by somebody else are blurry because if you’re bad at taking pictures, good camera won’t help you..



On wednesday, we went to see Vincent’s new movie called Marionette! It was a very beautiful 35 minute silent movie about people in a small village living their lives without knowing that all of them are just the characters in a little girl’s play. The colors, lighting and the actors were very impressive.


Computer effects and camera work could be better but overall impression was good and most of all I am very proud of my friend Vincent who had an opportunity to act through emotions and did a good job in that aspect!