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60th Awa Odori festival rocks Koenji

Every year since 1957, Awa Odori, aka ‘dance of the drunkards’ or ‘dance of the fools’, takes the streets of Koenji by the metaphoric storm during the last week-end of August, sometimes coincidating with a real typhoon proclaiming loud and clear the end of a balmy summer. 456 more words

Awa Odori

Date Day This Weekend

Beebz (the husband) and I get to go see this movie this weekend. I’m super excited.

I love stop motion animation to pieces; it has a beauty you can’t get in traditional or computer-generated animation, and it’s killing me it’s not doing better in theaters. 12 more words


Movie Review: Kubo & The Two Strings

“If you must blink, do it now…” What an opening line! I was captivated from the moment the film started, and Kubo & The Two Strings… 732 more words


Movie Review: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

The newest movie from the production company that brought you Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, and Coraline is here and unlike the last three films I mentioned, I was actually very excited to see… 1,022 more words

Movie Review

LAIKA's 'Kubo,' the Buddhist Moon and the God of Mercy

The moon figures prominently in the newest LAIKA animated feature, “Kubo and the Two Strings.” The moon in European lore is feminine, but the moon in Japanese mythology is male. 2,189 more words

Monjilla At The Movies

Shami-sensational by Hibiki Ichikawa

The UK’s number one Tsugaru shamisen player Hibiki Ichikawa is back with a sensational new album, aptly called ‘Shami-sensational’. This fantastic album contains 8 new tracks, featuring the shamisen player himself, as well as guest vocals from… 161 more words


The Geisha

P.S. The pantoum is the hardest to compose out of all poetic forms.