OREAD Top Page Photos 2008
Hisashi Miura singing "Jiro" at the annual year-end concert at Mandala 2 in Kichijoji,
Tokyo, December 14, 2007. The guitarist supporting him is Yoshio "Norman" Noma.
The photo, appropriated from the new year letter from Akira Sakaino in
Makoto Akahane singing "Senryonashinomi(千両梨の実)" with Liu
on niko or erhu (Chinese two-stringed fiddle) and Takashi Otsuki on
piano at Oread,
January 5, 2008. Photo by miura.
Hisashi Miura singing "Jiro" with Takashi Otsuki on piano at
the Open Mike at OREAD.
The lyrics of the song were writtne by Iguchi
Kigenji, Ogiwara Rokuzan's mentor, more than
a hundred years ago and Miura put music to it
in 2004. Photo by k. miura, January 12, '08.
Roppei Hori, Hisashi Miura and Yoshitaro Kanasaki singing Goodnight
Irene at the
finale of the dress rehearsal open to public at OREAD, January 19, 2008. The three
are going to perform together at various venues this year. Photo by Akira Kakiuchi.
The snow that started falling late last night has been falling
all day today covering the yard,
the house and the trees . There are places where it
is about 30 centimetes deep. Fortunately
it is light powdery snow easy to be shoveled away. Photo by miura, February
Phoebe and Sophy (from left): "Wow, it's white everywhere and
it's surely cold. But what fun
it is to play around in the snow! It's easy
to pee here, too " Photo by miura, February 4, 2008.
The Johny Cash TV Show is out today in Japan from Sony Music. It is a two DVD
set of more than 60 great songs and performances by artists including Bob
Dylan, Eriic Clapton (Derek & the Dominos), Linda Ronstadt, Creedence Clearwater
Revival, James Taylor, Carl Perkins, Ray Charles, Chet Atkins, Bill Monroe,
Kris Kristofferson, Pete Seeger, Louis Armstrong, Waylon Jennings,
and of course Johnny Cash ans his wife June Carter Cash and the Carter
March 5, 2008
"Wow, how come you can climb up so high, Phoebe? I'm scared."
"Sophy, it's so nice up
here. The wind is warm and gentle. And Ojo-yama looks so beautiful
"Well, Phoebe, I want to climb down but I don't know how." Photo
by miura, April 14, 2008
S.Yamamoto of Folklore Duo Pimienta showing his dexterity with his quenas
impressing the audience at OREAD on April 26, 2008. Photo by A. Kakiuchi.
"Oh what a beautiful morning! Oh what a beautiful day! I got a beautiful
Everything's going my way!" ― Sophie. Photo by miura, on the morning of May 6, 2008.
Keigo Takashima talking about photography and his works at OREAD Open Mike on May 10,
2008. In a couple of months at OREAD he is to have an exhibit of his recent
Mt. Fuji and the oceans around Okinawa as well as the photos of well-known musicians
G. Harrison that he took when he was working for music magazines
in Tokyo. Photo by miura.
Makoto Akahane and Hisashi Miura singing Amazing Grace alternately in Japanese and English
as the f1nale of the OREAD Open Mike night, May 17, 2008. Photo by k. miura
Darryl Pearce, singing Lonesome Small Town AET Blues, a song of his own
writing at Oread with his impromptu session band (from left) Mark Phillips,
Martin Chenhall, Mark Brierley and Takashi Otsuki on June 7, 2008,
impressing the auddience with his deep, resonant voice. Photo by miura.
Six Jizo or Ksitigarbas at Koju-ji （香住寺）, located in Imamura, Tatsuno. Jizo is
supposed to be a gurdian deity of children. Photo taken by miura on April
A scene from the 10th Firefly Festival Concert held on June 17, 2006. From
"Norman" Noma, Hisashi Miura, Hiroshi Ota and Takashi Otsuki.
Photo probably by k. miura.
Ms & Rev Hisai Hasegawa reading a short essay on John Newton, the author
of the lyrics
of Amazing Grace before Hisashi Miura and Makoto Akahane start singing the song along with
the audience. Photo by s. miura, at Hisashi's 12th Firefly Festival
Concert, June 28, 2008.
Singing Goodnight Irene as the finale of the first night of the 36th "Tanabata Concert"
Kyoto. July 5, 2008. From left Yuzo Toyoda, Hisashi Miura, Rabi Nakayama,
Takashi Otsuki is far left at the piano, behind Y. Toyoda. Photo by Y.
Lotus flower, elegantly standing out in the early morning sun. Photo
taken by Tetsuhiro Kobayashi of Yokkaichi, Mie on July 21, 2008.
Wow, what a hot summer!! It's nice up here with the cool wind coming in
from the window and with Michael Hoffman's sumie with a Santoka haiku
behind me. [Pausing awhile, Wind crossing the sky-Far, far away] (たたずめば風わたる空のとほくとほく). Photos by miura, July 26, 2008.
A "newborn" butterfly in the grass wet with morning dew waiting
for the moment
to fly into the air. Photo by miura, August
A male rhinoceros beetle on a leaf of fuki or Japanese butterbur in the
corner of our yard. Photo by miura on August 10, 2008.
Fireworks at Lake Suwa, photo by miura August 15, 2008.
A family of mushrooms sprouted a couple of days ago in our lawn. They must be poisonous
but they are surely beautiful to look at. Autumn is here. Photo by miura, August 31, 2008.
Makoto Akahane singing "Odorokubakarino," a Japanese version of Amazing Grace with
Takashi Otsuki on the guitar. Photo by miura, September 13, 2008.
Michael Kuntz, from Los Angeles, currently living in Kyoto and now visiting a friend in Suwa,
singing "Japan Blues" a song of hiw own writing. What makes
him feel he is in Japan? When
he finds a piece of nori(seaweed) on his bed, and when he has
to wear slippers in the toilet,
etc. He is 25, playing the 90-year-old guitar which sounds
dry, mellow, funky and really shibui!
Photo by miura, October 4, 2008.
Shu Kawashima, age 15, playing Autumn Leaves impressing the audience with the deep, mellow
sound of his tenor saxophone at Oread, October 18, 2008. Photo by miura.
Daiku Tetsuhiro will perform at Oread on November 15, 2008. He plays Sansin, an Okinawan
instrument, and sings Okinawan folksongs. This photo is from his performance
at Oread 4 years ago.
Daiku Tetsuhiro, the recognized authority on Okinawan folk music performed
at Oread with the
support of Y. Yoshida on niko or erhu, impressing and enthralling the audience with his dexterity
on the sanshin and his "unique" singing voice. Photo by miura on November 15, 2008.
Hakuba-Sanzan (Three Peaks of Hakuba) viewed from the window of Hakuba Doji-san's antique
Japanese House. Photo by miura, on December 1, 2008, an exceptionally beautiful and clear day
with no clouds.
This year again a Christmas Caroling group from a church in town dropped in to sing
for the people who gathered at OREAD OPEN MIKE. They were very good last year
but this year they sounded even better.Photo by miura, 12/20/08.
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