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Jan 31, 2005

Kaoru Watanabe Jan 31 2005

After a day of travel, a day to set up, and two concerts, we finally have a day off. After spending the afternoon in Santa Monica with an old friend,
for the second time in two years our good friends at Yoki daiko had a few of us over for dinner.

Same as before, Jun and Art graciously had us over to their beautiful house in South Los Angeles and treated us to food, drink and hospitality. Some friendly competition took place on Art's back yard putting green and Kenzo ended up losing his lunch money. The evening ended late into the night with lots of hugs and promises to meet again in another two years.

While Kodo tries to expose Japanese culture to the world, we had nothing to do with the proliferation of Power Rangers paraphernalia.

The good folk at Yoki Daiko.

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Jan 29, 2005

Kaoru Watanabe Jan 29 2005


Kenzo premiered a solo version of Oni Kenbai in the states. I came across him polishing his sword in the dressing room and was taken by the loving, almost maniacal gleam in his eyes.

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Jan 27, 2005

Kaoru Watanabe Jan 27 2005

Hello. It has been some time since I have written a tour report and for those of you out there who graciously take the time to read them, I apologize for my reticence and will try to be better from now on. So without further ado...

January 27th, Narita- waiting to board, Takeshi testing his new camera.

We arrived in Los Angeles at 8:30 in the morning on the same day we left Japan in the afternoon. Desperate to stay awake until evening in order to expedite my recovery from jet lag, I made my way to the recently completed Disney Music Center, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

For those astute readers of my US tour report from two years ago, I had visited the construction site of this Frank Gehry building and taken pictures, trying to imagine how this crazy structure would look completed. It was just as crazy and beautiful as I hoped. Although I didn't get a chance to go inside the main hall I walked around the building and visited the rooftop garden. The shape of the building looked so loose and free and filled with vitality and yet to realize such a form requires a limitless resource of knowledge and technique. In other words, this is what any great music is or should aspire to be. Imagination fed by knowledge, brought to life with technique.

I could only fit half of the building into the frame...

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