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Hello Japan! is swinging into 2010. January’s topic is ‘Music to my ears’. I found it really hard to decide what musical subject to concentrate on, so I am presenting a 5 part series of ‘Music Lessons’ on Fridays. Welcome to #4 ! And enjoy your weekend :)

Little did I know when I went to the La Veuve Moustachue – Oorutaichi concert, that I would be absolutely thrilled by the evening’s closing act: dj maho☆thaidisco! I haven’t really seen her perform because I was dancing in the back of the Worm bar all through her gig. Well, I took a peek once or twice and saw her jumping up and down to the music. Cute!

Maho☆thaidisco, also known as LAKILAKI (and aodifi, and nijibenten), has her own style called zunppa techno. Yes, I’m a techno grrl ;) I haven’t been able to find out much about the genre, except that it is named after the way Japanese people describe the rhythm: “zunzun pappa”. Right. Anyone out there who can elaborate on that???

In 2000 miss Ishikawa travelled the tropics, looking for ‘dangerous dance music’. That’s when she discovered a good-naturedly Asian but strange, drugged out, chaotic rhythmic percussion infested disco with Thai vocals, and maho☆thaidisco was born — first as a dj, but more and more she mixed in a personal sound. Now her music isn’t limited to Thai techno anymore.

LAKILAKI creates her own accompanying art. It’s a real colourful kind of collage work combined with drawing. Check out her myspace page if you feel up to it :\ To be honest it kind of hurts my eyes, but my age gauger is jumping to 40 this year so what can you expect? LOL

At the end of the evening in Rotterdam I bought the cd Sumubasyo Kirumono Karamatta from Ms. DJ herself ;) There’s a short track on it called Tilbulg Bell, which is a recording of church bells in the Dutch town Tilburg, where maho☆thaidisco has played before. Since I don’t want to shock you with anything too chaotic, I’ve picked one of the more ambient songs I danced on. Here’s Wave (をかさねれば). Enjoy!

You can find a video of a shorter version @ YouTube.

The Great Wave of Kanagawa

The Great Wave of Kanagawa by Hokusai

La Veuve MoustachueYay, it’s time for another Hello Japan! mini challenge! I had hoped for something music related because we’re going to see Kishino Yui-chi (a.k.a. La Veuve Moustachue) & Oorutaichi next Sunday — but the actual mini mission is quite as good:

This month the task is simply to eat Japanese food, take a picture if possible, and tell us about what you ate. You can go to a Japanese restaurant, or make something at home. It can be a favourite dish, or you can challenge yourself to try something new.

Cover Decorative Food CarvingHa! I can think of several ways to accomplish my mission. For one it gives me a great excuse to buy this book I have been drewling over have my eyes on: The Decorative Art of Japanese Food Carving by Hiroshi Nagashima (thanks to sherimiya of Happy Little Bento who let the Want! Want! Want! ghost out of the closet)!

But maybe I shouldn’t give away the options I’m contemplating? :\ I could do them all! And who knows… maybe on Sunday there’ll be some Japanese snacks at the concert! :)

To all participants: itadakimasu!

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