Archive for August, 2008

Brazilian Festival 2008: Sept 6-7 (Sat-Sun)

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Yes, it’s the 3rd Brazilian Festival at Yoyogi Park Event Area! It should be a lot of fun with fun, music and dancing! Above is a video from last year. Should be a blast this year as well.

Location: Yoyogi Park Event Area
Date and Time: Sept 6-7 (Sat-Sun)/ 11:00-18:00
Website: www.festivalbrasil.jp
Brazilian Embassy

Here is a guy who celebrated his birthday at the festival last year. Shows atmosphere of the festival.

Jose Feliciano at Billboard Live: Sept 3-4 (Wed-Thur)

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

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.

Location: Billboard Live Tokyo Midtown
Dates: August 3-4 (Wed-Thur)
Times: 1st set (19:00) / 2nd set (21:30)
Ticket Price: Casual area – 9,000yen / Service area – 11,000yen
Website: www.billboard-live.com
Reservation Information: Click here
Jose Feliciano Official Website: www.josefeliciano.com

Japan Rugby Top League Season Opener: Sept 5

Friday, August 29th, 2008

rugby Japan Rugby Top League Season Opener: Sept 5

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:

Suntory: SH
George Gregan
AUS Wallabies, S12 Brumbies, and Top 14-Toulouse (FRA)

Sanyo: SO
Tony Brown
NZ All Black, S12 Highlanders, ’06 S14 Sharks, ’08 S14 Stromers

Location: Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground
When: Sept 5 (Fri) at 19:30
Website: www.top-league.jp

Here is a video of the last Japan Rugby Football Championship

Bluetag Futsal Night: Sept 4 (Thur)

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

futsal Bluetag Futsal Night: Sept 4 (Thur)

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!

For first time applicants: Click here
Previous applicants: Click here
Location: Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Futsal Court
Website: www.bluetag.co.jp

Merry Garden: Until Aug 31 (Sun)

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

event merrygarden Merry Garden: Until Aug 31 (Sun)

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!

Location: Roppongi Hills
Date: August 11-31
Website: www.merryproject.com


Some photos from the site. Click on them to read the messages!

2002 01 london 0009 3 150x150 Merry Garden: Until Aug 31 (Sun)2002 01 london 0164 150x150 Merry Garden: Until Aug 31 (Sun)2002 09 newyork 0032 150x150 Merry Garden: Until Aug 31 (Sun)2002 09 newyork 0312 150x150 Merry Garden: Until Aug 31 (Sun)2004 07 berlin 0008 3 150x150 Merry Garden: Until Aug 31 (Sun)2004 07 venezia 0040 150x150 Merry Garden: Until Aug 31 (Sun)2004 07 venezia 0104 150x150 Merry Garden: Until Aug 31 (Sun)2004 12 buenosaires 0022 150x150 Merry Garden: Until Aug 31 (Sun)2004 12 buenosaires 0025 150x150 Merry Garden: Until Aug 31 (Sun)2004 12 riodejaneiro 0456 150x150 Merry Garden: Until Aug 31 (Sun)2004 12 riodejaneiro 0459 150x150 Merry Garden: Until Aug 31 (Sun)2005 01 sydney 0107 150x150 Merry Garden: Until Aug 31 (Sun)2005 01 sydney 0210 150x150 Merry Garden: Until Aug 31 (Sun)2008 02 nagoya 0618 150x150 Merry Garden: Until Aug 31 (Sun)2008 02 tokyo 00041 150x150 Merry Garden: Until Aug 31 (Sun)

昭和30年代(1960年代)の東京にタイムスリップ

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

毎日.jpのひとつのページに、「昭和毎日」というコーナーがあります。

昭和30年代当時の東京の地図と現代の地図を重ね合わせ、その変化をリアルに感じることができます。

1965年(昭和40年)版の古地図そのものも一見の価値がありますが、さらにその地図上には、当時の風景を撮影したセピア色の写真もリンクされています。

写真は東京オリンピックの年に撮影されたアメリカ大使館です。
usembassy19641220byikedaakira 300x196 昭和30年代(1960年代)の東京にタイムスリップ
注:1964年(昭和39年)12月20日、池田信(いけだあきら)さん撮影
毎日新聞社刊「1960年代の東京」70ページ掲載
毎日.jpの以下サイトより引用:
http://showa.mainichi.jp/ikeda1960/2008/05/ik142730.html

他にもいろいろな場所の写真があります。私も生まれる前ですがなぜか見たことがあるような懐かしさを感じます。既に40年以上が経つわけですが、40年でこれだけ変わるのだな、と思います。上の写真のように東京オリンピック前後の写真も多くあります。
北京オリンピックの中国の人たちが数十年後に感じる感覚もこういうものでしょうか?

昭和毎日」で、東京をタイムスリップすることができます。
まずは一度みてみてください。自分の知っている場所、家や会社・学校の近所の住所もきっと変わっていることでしょう。

ちょっと気が早いですが、2016年の東京オリンピックのメーンスタジアムの地図はこちらです!オリンピックが来たらこのあたりはどんな風にかわるのでしょうか?晴海トリトンスクエアの人達は仕事になりませんね。
月島のもんじゃ焼き屋さんは、海外からの観光客であふれかえるのでしょうか?

Asakusa Samba Carnival: Aug 30 (Sat)

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

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.

Location: Carnival Course from start to finish
Date: August 30 (Sat)
Time: 13:00-18:00
Website: www.asakusa-samba.jp

Here’s a nice one

Charity Kamakura Beach Party: Aug 30 (Sat)

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008



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!

The Christina Noble Children’s Foundation: www.cncf.org
Location: Beach House ASIA
Date: August 30 (Saturday)
Time: 13:00-21:00
Cost: Men – 2,500yen / Women – 2,000yen
Brent’s Website: www.brentoleary.com

Flea Market at Yoyogi Park Event Area: Aug 30 (Sat)

Monday, August 25th, 2008

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.

Location: Yoyogi Park Event Area
Date: August 30 (Sat)
Time: 10:00-16:00

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Sunday, August 24th, 2008

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