Sushi!

July 10, 2007

I remember in class we talked about the globalization/impact of sushi.

Here is a recent article on sushi from slate.com:

sushi!


Pokemon Airplane

July 2, 2007

I saw this airplane at Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) on my way to Kumamoto.

pokemon plane


Tit for Tat?

June 5, 2007

 I made this post on the chalk discussion board in response to Tari & MASA’s Rubber Tit performance:


There are a number of things that I found interesting that have already been pointed out by others, so I’m just going to point this out, to save some repetition.

There was a point in the performance that I found myself not knowing if I “should” be looking: I think this was when the tit was in front of the screen, and Tari-san was distanced from it, facing it, and beginning to shake (feel things come from the ground? I think this is what she seemed to be describing in the question and answer session). However, part of her lower body was on the camera and projecting on the screen, and the shaking, out of context, seemed almost too intimate for me to watch (the angle created an extremely voyeuristic feel), and the same time seemed to objectify her (but perhaps I am still not as comfortable with human bodies in certain contexts than I think…). On one hand, I felt that if it was intentional, ignoring it would be ignoring a part of the piece–but on the other hand, by social standards, I felt that looking was “shameful,” which is perhaps something that I shouldn’t be taking into a performance space. =/  So I was wondering how intentional this was, if at all, and if it was intentional, what she intended it to mean.

I later got to ask Tari about this in class, and found out that it was unintentional. Sort of anticlimactic, isn’t it? It seems that my reaction to this performance revealed more about myself than anything, which is  what art can do sometimes, especially performance art, I think.

And as another note, I was thinking earlier that the title “Rubber Tit” seemed to be something that only refered to the “Tari” part of the performance, and then I realized that maybe “Rubber Tit” could refer to MASA as well–as perhaps, an unconventional tit (bird), making these kinds of “rubber” noises at points…


Music Day with Kiku!

June 5, 2007

Kiku’s talk enlightened me about a topic that I really had very little knowledge about: the history of this kind of electronic or noise or computer made music. I didn’t even know that “Post-techno” existed before this! And I also found out that I really, really like it. In fact, Kiku introduced me to a whole world of music that I hadn’t know about, and found that I enjoy. Some of the clips he played in class quite literally took my breath away.

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Japanese music featured in latest issue of NYLON

June 3, 2007

In the latest issue of NYLON magazine (June/July 2007), there is an entire section dedicated to Japanese music and culture. This is NYLON’s music issue, so there are a lot of other cool articles on music scenes from a lot of different places.

Check it out!


Kikuya!

June 2, 2007

At dinner with Sean, Tina, Lauren, and Jadine at Kikuya right here in Hyde Park….

(looks over the menu)
Sean: Does anyone want to split the Uh-lahskahn maki with me?
(silence)
Me (Tiffany): Uhm… Sean, it’s “Alaskan.”
(laughter)

Kikuya was a fun time! Some of us had never been there before, but the food was pretty good and Lauren got some unusually chewy eel (haha).


Nori’s visit

May 29, 2007

Ah!  Another super-late post…I already commented on the dicussion board on chalk, but I’ll take from my notes and things I remember about Nori’s visit.

The thing that really struck me about Nori is that he’s just a little bit older than myself – 22, while I’m 21.  That means he went through everything he described to newscasters at the age of 18.  What I thought was interesting is that we kept oo-ing and ah-ing over how in Asia Nori was an exceptional young person…but in my mind anywhere Nori’s pretty exceptional.  I don’t think I knew anyone in high school who spoke out much against anything, and even in college I don’t know anyone who would take action like that against what’s popular amongst his peers.  On top of that, I don’t know anyone who would take Nori’s current perspective.  The few “rebels” I know would instantly get defensive and sullen over being attacked verbally the way Nori was online – but instead Nori has sort of molded himself into an amateur social scientist, observing his peers who berate him and attempting to understand their way of thinking.  I don’t know if it’s admirable or crazy.

One thing Nori’s visit really did for me was put the current Japanese political climate a little more into perspective.  Since I’m going to be teaching in Japan next year, I think it’s probably a good idea that I know just how conservative it is there and the media culture that revolves around the internet.