Yokozuna Asashoryu suspended for playing soccer

From Mainichi :

“The Japan Sumo Association (JSA) on Wednesday suspended Yokozuna Asashoryu for two upcoming tournaments after he played in a charity soccer game in Mongolia despite having sat out a regional sumo tour in Japan after claiming to be injured”.

I guess this means Hakuho (白鵬) will win the next two tournaments.

Ingmar Bergman – The Seventh Seal

Ingmar Bergman died Yesterday.

The Seventh Seal is one of the few DVDs I own, and is probably the one I cherish most. An amazing film, from an amazing director.

Tanabata in Israel

We have invited a few Japanese friends and their children to celebrate Tanabata on our roof.

I hope everyone enjoyed it. It was a bit hot, but the children didn’t care. Maybe we should arrange a pool next time.

Photos attached (not of people, as I didn’t ask for their permission to post).

Tanabata 2

Tanabata 3

Blonde Redhead Concert

On the 5th of July, I went to see Blonde Redhead perform live in Hanger 11, Tel Aviv.

Summary: Disappointed. Completely agree with the review in Ynet (Hebrew).

The doors were opened at around 21:00. I guess i forgot what rock concerts are like in Tel Aviv, so I actually arrived at 21:10. Tickets were waiting in the counter. (200 NIS + 10 NIS commission, about 45$). Drank beer, and waited… and waited.

At about 22:00 Rockfour went on the stage, and wasted my time. I didn’t enjoy their show. I remember watching them about 5-6 years ago, and they were good. Maybe the stage/place was too big for them.

And then, I waited some more.

At 23:00 Blonde Redhead started their show… and my first impression was: “Hey, they use playback”. Guitars were live, Drums were live… but, they used playback for effects and additional instruments. WHY?

Their semi-live performance sounded exactly like their albums. I could just stay at home and listen to the CD. Could save me a lot of money and back ache. Stayed longer, enjoyed the songs from 23 and previous albums, including from “Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons”. Listened and swayed with the music when I had another revelation. They don’t speak. Kazu Makino said “Shalom” once, and one of the guys said: “Thank You”. Wow!

Left at midnight, about 1 hour before the show was over (according to Ynet).

Blonde Redhead Ticket

Countdown Japan – Salyu

One of the performers I have seen in Countdown Japan 06/07 was Salyu.

Salyu became famous when she portrayed the role of Lily Chou Chou in the very successful and acclaimed movie: “All about Lily Chou Chou” by Shunji Iwai.

She went on stage wearing a very funny and festive dress which the audience loved. When she started singing I was captivated.

She opened with a single from her new album “Terminal” to be released 2007.01.17. The song is “Tobira” and you can watch the PV on youtube:

Countdown Japan 06/07

Went to Countdown Japan 06/07 Rock Festival. Well, I went only on the 29th of December.

It was GREAT. Good music, great crowd.

I will try to review later some of the bands I have seen, but in the meantime just wanted to share some photos from the event:

Entrance - outside

Entrance

Area Map

Rock

Countdown Japan 06/07

Luggage has arrived

Finally, my luggage has arrived last night. Unharmed, with all the content.

I have noticed the tag on the suitcase had the correct information:
AF272 flight on the 15th of December, which is the flight I was supposed to take after I missed my connection. So, what happened to my suitcase? I don’t know. I didn’t receive any information.

I now have to find out how to get my money back. I have spent more than 100$ on basic clothes/underwear.

Ainori #342

I am not attempting to compete with Sylvain Bouchard.

It is just that last night we watched Ainori on TV. (Instead of waiting a few days, downloading, and watching on the computer).

We really enjoyed it.