Legendary Jose Feliciano, called by some as the world’s greatest living guitarist, will perform at Billboard Live August 3-4 (Wed-Thur). Born in Puerto Rico in 1945 and raised in Spanish Harlem in New York City, he signed with RCA Victor in 1966 and quickly had two hits Poquita Fe and Usted. Above is an old video of him playing “Flight of the Bumble Bee.”
He even caused controversy at the height of protests against the Vietnam War. Feliciano performed The Star-Spangled Banner at Tiger Stadium during the World Series. His rendition, which took place 10 months before the more famous Jimi Hendrix one at Woodstock… well let him explain it.
Japan Rugby Top League will launch its 2008-09 season with a match between Suntory Sungoliath vs Sanyo Wild Knights. Suntory, historically a rugby powerhouse, was crushed by Sanyo 18-40 at last year’s 45th Annual Japan Rugby Football Championship, resulting in Sanyo’s first victory.
Foreigners to watch:
AUS Wallabies, S12 Brumbies, and Top 14-Toulouse (FRA)
NZ All Black, S12 Highlanders, ’06 S14 Sharks, ’08 S14 Stromers
For you futsal players, Bluetag will hold its 7th Bluetag Futsal Night. Cost to play is 1,500yen with 20% of it going to a Bluetag.
Bluetag is a company that supports athletes in relatively minor sports, such as fin swimming, ultra marathons, sports climbing, etc. It’s a new sports marketing concept. So enjoy a night of futsal and also help athletes!
The next time you visit Roppongi Hills, you can see many photos of smiling faces. The Merry Project has been collecting smiles and messages from around the world. Over 20,000 smiles from 23 countries. You can browse their website to see all the photos and can even upload yours.
The photos will be on display until this Sunday, so please take a look if you are in the area. Merry Charity will also be donation boxes around Roppongi Hills. The money will go to Japan Red Cross and be for the recent earthquake at Sichuan, China. Also, don’t forget to donate your smile and message!
The 28th Annual Asakusa Samba Carnival will take place this Saturday. This is one of the most famous summer festivals in Tokyo and will feature dancers, dancers and more dancers!
As usual, there will be a parade contest with the following categories;Communication League, Theme Samba League, S1 League and S2 League. Not really sure what all that means other than there will most likely be four winners.
There are plenty of photos and videos online but we have chosen a few for you.
Brent O’Leary will hold his annual Charity Kamakura Beach Party on August 30 (Saturday). The cost is 2,500yen for men and 2,000yen for women. This will cover showers and changing rooms. All proceeds go to The Christina Noble Children’s Foundation. You can even make donations from the website. There will be live music and DJs.
It’s a fairly large event and a lot of fun. And it is for a good cause. Hopefully the weather will cooperate. Summer’s almost over so head on out to the beach with your friends!
There a number of flea markets held at Yoyogi Park Event Area, which is across the street from Yoyogi Park. Here is a video of one earlier this month to show you what it’s like. I am sure the number of sellers change from time to time. It’s worth to stop by to see if you can find a bargain.