I participated to the annual Powell Street Festival around Powell Street in Vancouver, Canada on August 3rd and 4th, 2019.
where many Japanese people used to live. Today, there are many Japanese
residents and many people are familiar with Japanese culture such as martial
arts and calligraphy. The purpose of this festival is to introduce the past and
present of Japanese culture.
This is the
43rd year and it has become a major summer event in Vancouver.
The former AIRY artist Leanne Dunic who belongs Artistic Director, I met her when she stayed in Kofu in 2013 and I was invited to play this time.
performance was a collaboration between Japanese calligraphy artist Himesu-san,
a Japanese calligrapher on August 3rd. I performed with Kohei
Yoshino, a Japanese singer/songwriter in the outdoor stage on August 4th.
The festival was also supported by a large number of volunteer staff, and at the Appreciation Party for them held on August 6th after the closing. We had a several requests of Japanese songs. Many staff members have never been to Japan, but despite that, I received many requests for songs that I didn’t know, such as Japanese pop songs and anime theme songs, and I felt a high level of interests toward Japan!!
The 3rd Outloud Street Art Festival invited a several remarkable street artists from all over the world to gather in Macao and unleash their creativity, bringing a great visual show to the city. The Festival’s line-up includes large graffiti wall painting sessions, music, dance, DJ performances, artwork displays, a car exhibition, workshops, game booths, food stalls, charity auctions and introductory sessions about graffiti.
「第3回Outloud Street Art Festival」は世界中から数人の注目のストリートアーティストを招いてマカオで開催されました。創造性を解き放ち、素晴らしいビジュアルショーを街にもたらしました。 フェスティバルのラインナップには、大規模なグラフィティセッション、音楽、ダンス、DJパフォーマンス、アートワークディスプレイ、自動車展示会、ワークショップ、ゲームブース、屋台、チャリティーオークション、グラフィティに関する紹介セッションが含まれる大規模なイベントです。
I will have a calligraphy workshop in Helsinki, Finland on Jan 5th 2019. This is my first time to explore my calligraphy experience to over the world. Also I will perform calligraphy with Finnish onomatopoeia sounds performedMari Mäkiö. Thanks Mari for giving this opportunity. I can’t wait to see what happening!
Successfully completed my first calligraphy workshop in
Helsinki, Finland. I had a fun to greet a lot of wonderful people thorough this
workshop/exhibition. Thanks, Mari Mäkiö for giving me such a excellent
Also, our performance calligraphy x onomatopoeia sounds was successful! 雪月花 “setsugekka” – an idiom in Japanese that means beauty of four seasons. Hope to see all of you again!
Visiting Bangkok Thailand a week on January 2019, this is a continued ‘art study tour’ to Thailand from last year was Chiang Mai. The high light is the first Biennalle in Bangkok, Bangkok Art Biennalle [BAB] -Biyond Bliss that was held Oct 19, 2018 – Feb 3rd, 2019. Involving 75 artists from 33 countries. Amazing thing is the addmission is free except Temple venues along the river Chao Phraya because of donations from companies.