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Archive for March, 2010

Silent Auction: Music and Art at NYCoo gallery

Nobuko Miyazaki played softly during bidding and conversation

NYCoo gallery held an evening of music and fine art to accompany their silent auction on 19 March. There was a bustling mixture of artists and aficionados and I met/hassled a lot of interesting people. Again, I deplored my 日本語 deficiency and there were so many questions I wish I could have asked. じゃおない, as I believe they say in Osaka.

All forms were available for bidding, from large oil paintings to tiny sculptures. Among the teapots, lanterns, and ceramics, exquisite antiques mingled seamlessly with modern Japanese craftsmanship. My sister and I went on an imaginary shopping spree where we could casually outbid anyone for one-of-a-kind ceramic dishes or paintings of cigar-smoking rabbits (more on that in a moment).

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Film Review: White On Rice

Considering that I was quick to demand this movie in NYC, I am late as hell getting this review up.

Hajime "Jimmy" and his nephew Bob

White On Rice is the second effort from Japanese-fluent director/actor Dave Boyle. I had seen the title of his first film – Big Dreams, Little Tokyo – in recommended movie lists before but always assumed it was another youth-orientated Japanese flick. My attention was definitely grabbed when I found out that Boyle is an American Mormon fluent in Japanese and filming primarily in Japanese. As a whitey Japanophile, I nearly jumped for freaking joy!

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