Tag Archive: Okinawa

May 18

[live report] Neo Blues Maki and happyfunsmile at Brooklyn Botanic Garden 4/30/2011

The tri-state area has no shortage of cherry blossom festivals in April. When their sakura trees are in full bloom, parks across the region celebrate the hanami season with performances and vendors. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri is easily a standout and arguably the best of the bunch. Boasting the garden’s superior beauty and …

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May 16

[interview] TAIA – "Gothic Metal," Quoth the Raven

Okinawa seems to be the incubator for great acts. A wide range of artists have all called Okinawa home, including pop songstress Cocco and rock band High and Mighty Color. Gothic metal group TAIA keeps the tradition going, highlighting their female vocalist and tight musicianship over a discography of six albums. purple SKY: Please tell …

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Dec 24

[review] Cocco: Cocco-san no Daidokoro CD

It’s getting harder to call Cocco just a musician. Though she’s been a jack-of-all-trades (and a master of them, too) for years, she increasingly splits her time between her writing, art and environmental activism. On top of that, she’s raising a child and overcoming ongoing mental illness. So it’s understandable that the Okinawan artist has …

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Nov 22

[movie review] Daijoubu de aru you ni-Cocco Owaranai Tabi-

Dear Cocco, Last night I watched my copy of Daijoubu de aru you ni-Cocco Owaranai Tabi-, acclaimed director Hirokazu Koreeda’s documentary about your life during 2008’s Kira Kira tour, for the first time. Yes, I preordered the special edition and watched it despite barely understanding any of the Japanese. (Three years of Japanese classes were …

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Nov 06

[photo] Alone Together NYC & J-Summit Concerts @ Webster Hall

Photos of several performing artists from Alone Together NYC & J-Summit at Webster Hall NYC (November 1, 2009) Artists in order:  Kossan, Happy Fun Smile, Lilac. [svgallery name="atnycconcert"] Alone Together NYC Website – http://alonetogethernyc.com/ Happy Fun Smile Website – http://www.happyfunsmile.com/ Lilac Myspace Page – http://www.myspace.com/lilacofficial