Michi

18 Feb 19
Michi's World

I don’t know if I mentioned this but for Origin Premier members they have Anthem now out for people to play. I’ve spent the last couple of nights (save for part of last night where I watched Elimination Chamber instead) playing it. Hence why I’ve been a little MIA. The game feels a lot sturdier […]

18 Feb 19
bookforager

 Before I begin, thank you to Tammy for prompting me to read this – it was exactly what I needed while our house was full of plasterers and dust and mess. Good call!   Worst line in the book: “I told you I’d give you the moon one day. You only had to be patient […]

18 Feb 19
Michi @USA

Hallo zusammen 😊 Ich bin gerade im Flugzeug von San Francisco nach San Diego. Vor kurzem habe ich mich von Alex und Ingo verabschiedet mit denen ich das Wochenende jetzt in San Francisco verbracht habe und die jetzt auch unterwegs nach Deutschland sein müssten. War echt super, dass die beiden mich besucht haben 😊 Die […]

17 Feb 19
Holycow's translations

P. 228 Continuing from tennis, we’ll show you the second best sports they’re talented at!! Can they use their talents in other sports…? We summarized everyone’s opinions here!! File No.001: Echizen Ryoma No.1 Soccer No.2 Track and field No.3 Table tennis Sports where you need speed and that have a refreshing image rank high!!Other sportsHorse […]

17 Feb 19
Tampa Bay News Wire

[Sarasota County, FL]—The National Endowment for the Arts has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $30,000 to support the creation of new work by mid-career and established artists from diverse disciplines […]

17 Feb 19
Michi Sakuri

All the characters of the OG Aikatsu! Series

17 Feb 19
All of Beer

(CNN)Many would argue that Bali is a paradise lost. It isn’t. It’s just evolved. It now offers as many experiences as the varying hues of green found in a plot of terraced rice paddy. Whether you’re a hardcore partygoer determined to eat, drink and not sleep your way through Seminyak; a yoga devotee seeking peace […]

16 Feb 19
天地間に

A request that often comes up in Shinto groups overseas is for “prayers”, often addressed to a certain kami such as “Amaterasu”. This is a bit of a difficult request. Norito are written in beautiful antique Japanese for each specific occasion by the ritualist himself, so the average person doesn’t really have the skill to […]

16 Feb 19
Twin Cities
When the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra decided to devote a fortnight-long festival to the concept of “home” and perform four world premieres as part of the concerts, they had to wonder how people would respond. Considering how unfamiliar most of the music was, it’s no surprise that musicians have been touting “Tapestry19” from the stage at SPCO concerts since December in a plea for ticket sales. While a dance work and chamber music concert opened the festival earlier in the week, the first full-orchestra concert of “Tapestry19” was Friday evening at the Ordway Concert Hall. And it turns out that the powers-that-be at the SPCO needn’t have worried about the response: I can’t recall the last time the SPCO received three standing ovations in one concert. Two of them were in response to the world premieres by St. Paul composer/singer PaviElle French and Syrian-American composer/clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, each of which featured the composer as soloist. And those reactions were totally understandable, for French has created one of the most open-hearted and emotionally honest works I’ve encountered at any classical concert while Azmeh’s is a marvelous multicultural mix, employing film to take the audience into a childhood in a country preparing for war and then finding it. Add American composer Michael Abels’ jazz-flavored jam for string orchestra, “Delights and Dances,” and some Antonin Dvorak and Charles Ives and you have a very satisfying concert that repeatedly tugged the audience toward a sense of loss, but at last emerged into the bright sunshine of joy on Abels’ piece. Calling the program, “Songs My Mother Taught Me,” says a lot about the mood, its thesis statement Dvorak’s lovely melancholy reminiscence for cello and orchestra, “Silent Woods,” the SPCO’s Sarah Lewis soloing. It’s a small piece with a lot of orchestral color, but not nearly as small as the song that gave the concert its title. That Dvorak song was played in a new arrangement for orchestra by Michi Wiancko, who was also among the violinists onstage. French’s “A Requiem for Zula” in Seven Movements featured the composer at the piano and microphone, using her pure and powerful, gospel-trained voice to sing out a heart-to-heart conversation with her mother, talk about who she was and how she died, and eventually come to a place of tender wisdom and healing. It’s French’s first classical work, and it’s very rooted in straightforward, elemental gospel, the instruments providing a solid foundation while voices soar above – not only French’s singing, but a sweet solo by violinist Steven Copes. While experience will no doubt aid French in seeing an orchestra’s potential to express so much more emotionally than she asks for in this work, the ensemble created a fine base beneath her disarming confessions. After another Wiancko arrangement of another “Songs My Mother Taught Me,” this by Charles Ives, Azmeh took the stage for the premiere of his work, “Don’t RipEat After Me.” A member of Yo-Yo Ma’s world music collective, the Silk Road Ensemble, Azmeh commissioned three Syria-born filmmakers to each create a short film for one movement of the piece. Azmeh’s sultry, hypnotic clarinet drew listeners into his intriguing environment, and his fellow woodwinds shone brightly throughout. Then it was time for a showcase for the strings, and Abel’s 2007 work was certainly that. A string quartet was set up at center stage and much of “Delights and Dances” consisted of the foursome trading solos reminiscent of jazz improvisations, a kind of “cutting contest” in which they each showed off their chops and musicality while the rest of the strings plucked behind them. Standouts were the swaggering, steamy solo of violist Hyobi Sim, violinist Eunice Kim’s fiery response, and an elegiac meditation by cellist James Wilson that underlined the evening’s theme of wistful melancholy.   If You Go Who: The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra with singer and pianist PaviElle French, clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and cellist Sarah Lewis What: Works by Antonin Dvorak, French, Charles Ives, Azmeh and Michael Abels When and where: 8 p.m. Saturday, Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St., St. Paul; 2 p.m. Sunday, Benson Great Hall, Bethel University, 3900 Bethel Drive, Arden Hills Tickets: $50-$11 (students and children free), available at 651-291-1144 or thespco.org Capsule: Musical reflections on home become a touching look at loss.
16 Feb 19
The Good Medicine

One Hundred Japanese Buddhist Proverbs as Collected by Lafcadio Hearn Commentary by Diane Reiko Asterion 55 – Meidou no michi ni Ou wa nashi. There is no king on the Road of Death. Meidou, in Japanese Buddhism, is an intermediary place after death where the soul’s destination is determined. For most there is little question […]

15 Feb 19
Ed B on Sports

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Kristina Rihanoff Westcroft Leisure Centre Grand Opening. Kristina Rihanoff and Ian Waite get involved with the ‘Everyone Active Strictly Come Dancing Competition’ group warm up. Born Kristina Pshenichnykh (1977-09-22) 22 September 1977 (age 41) Vladivostok, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union Nationality Russian Occupation Dancer Television Strictly Come Dancing (2008–15) Celebrity Big Brother […]

15 Feb 19
Pathila

It’s February – coldest month in Japan and it’s time for snow festivals. Though Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido is the most famous one for it’s grandeur, other cities/towns also celebrate snow festivals to some levels. I live in Fukushima prefecture where it’s cold and ample snow for snow festivals. Few small towns celebrate these […]

15 Feb 19
Not Another Lifestyle Blog

Hi everyone! I felt really compelled to write another post because I saw this quote yesterday on Facebook that really said something to me I’ll share it right now “Parenting is the easiest thing to have an opinion on but the hardest thing to do-unknown.” I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. It’s insane to me […]

15 Feb 19
Megabunny Reads

Spoiler Warning: This post will be SO filled with spoilers, it’s not even funny. It would be impossible for me to discuss how deeply my feels were effected by this series if I couldn’t talk about all the details of what happened, so I will not even try. By the end of this you will […]

15 Feb 19
gigiharis

CHART TOP 40 THIS WEEK: #1. EXO – Tempo (alb. Don’t Mess Up My Tempo/2018) (+5) #2. SKE48 – Stand By You (alb. stand by you/2018) (+2) #3. TWICE – Yes Or Yes (alb. yes or yes/2018) (-2) #4. HALSEY – Without me (alb. single/2018) (-2) #5. ELLA MAI – Trip (alb. ella mai/2018) (=) […]

15 Feb 19
Guide to Miyazaki, Japan

Day 2 Rise and shine. If you had stayed in Takachiho the night before, head over to Takachiho Bus Centre to board the bus to Nobeoka. Things to See and Do in Nobeoka 1. Shimo-Aso Beach Visit the only beach in Kyushu that have been selected as one of the top 100 beaches in Japan. […]