OREAD Top Page Photos 2009


I have a dream that one day little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with
little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers --Martin Luther King, Jr.
Photo of Sophie and Phoebe by Lynne Miura, Dec 15, 2008.


    Yoshio Noma, aka Norman, playing a solo piece at Hisashi
     Miura's 15th Year-End Concert at Mandala 2, in Kichijoji,
     Tokyo. Photo by A. Kakituchi, December 19, 2008.


I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they
will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
― Martin Luther King, Jr.



Bun Nakamura with Hisao Hakomori on the guitar had the audience laugh and cry with his
hilarious talks and emotive songs at Martin Luther KIng Jr. Day Benefit Concert at Oread.
Photo by miura, Jan 18, 2009.


Kazuhiro Fujimori, singing "Change"a song he wrote especially for this occassion of Martin
Luther King Jr. Day Benefit Concert, impressing the audience at Oread. Photo taken by
A. Kakiuchi, aka Freepa, on January 18, 2009.


Toshiharu Maruyama singing "Sa-a, Imakara," a song of his own writing, at Martin Luther King
Jr. Day Benefit Concert at Oread, January 18, 2009. Photo by miura.


Makoto Akahane singing his masterpiece "Senryonasho no Mi" at Martin Luther
King Jr.Day Benefit Concert. Photo by K. Kakiuchi, aka Freepa, Jan 18, 2009.

8 & 9.

After the talk by Susan Branz on Dr. King and the Civil Right Movents, the songs related to the
Movement were sung with the audience at the second half of MLK Day Benefit Concert, including
We Shall Overcome. And Hisashi Miura sang I Have a Dream.and Songs of Prayers with Yoshio
Noma on guitar and Takashi Otsuki on piano. Photo by k. miura, January 18, 2009 at Oread.


Hisashi Miura singing "Kamsahamnida, Lee Soohyeon" at the tribute concert to Lee Soohyeon held
at the Korea University Amphitheater in Seoul, Sep 22, 2002. Lee was killed at Shin Okubo Station in
Tokyo trying to rescue a man who fell off the platform on Jan 16, 2001. Photo by S. Miura.


Stephanie & John from Chicago impressed the audience with their duet-flute and saxphone on
April 4, '09 at Oread Open Mike. They visited theri friends in Azumino on their vacation. Many
thanks to them for remembering and coming to Oread despite their tight schedule. Photo by miura.


My red Takmine guitar. I have been using it since I got it on my 60th birthday. I have several
guitars some of which are more expensive than this one but somehow I like the sound of this
Photo by miura on Nov 14, 2005.


The marque at Paramount Theater in Oakland, California where Leonard Cohen and his band performed
three nights in a row-April 13, 14, 15, all of which I attended. These concerts were literally the best
concerts that I personally had experienced. He was just breathtakingly agile, notwithstandind his age of 74.
Photo by miura, April 13, 2009.


Student Jazz Band on the campus of the University of California Berkeley during the lunch
recess. There was a small crowd of people listening intently. April 17, 2009. Photo by miura.


People donating used vegetable oil at the parking lot of Oread to have Shusei Yamada continue on
his journey throughout Japan promoting the biodiesel fuel. Photo by miura, May 1, 2007.


The party after Last Year's Firefly Festival Concert. Photo by k. miura, June 28, 2008.
This year the concert will be held on June 20.


After the special open mike was over on May 23, a photo was taken. It was to celebrate
T. Akahane's 60th birthday. It was also very nice to have Daniel with us for two weeks in
a row. He is currently back in Japan on a vacation. Photo, courtesy of A. Kakiutchi.


Rex and Dean from Winnipeg
, Canada showing their dexterity with their djembe and yokobue
at Oread Open Mike. Photo by miura, May 23, 2009.


Poster of Leonard Cohen Oakland Paramount Theater Concert (April 13-15, 2009).


Leonard Cohen singing Take This Waltz supported by his 9-piece tour band,
impressing the audience with his golden voice at Parmount Theater in Oakland,
California, April 15, 2009.


Hisashi Miura singing "Song to Bob Dylan" at the 37th Tanabata Concert held at Jittoku, Kyoto Japan
on July 4, 2009. Norman Yoshio Noma on the guitar and Takashi Otsuki on the piano.


The wood deck that streches out perpendicular to the summer house into a forest of red pines.
It looks like a pier in the ocean. I had a great honor of playing and singing "Song of Prayers" at
this summer house in the presence of Dr. S. Hinohara and a small group of people.-miura. Photo
by miura, July 19, 2009


Takashi Otsuki playing Pachelbel's Canon, his stock-in-trade at Oread Open Mike after talking
about the concert held last Sunday at Nanda-kan in Saku, Nagano and also about his life as a
music student in Tokyo. Photo by miura, July 25, 2009


Hisashi Miura singing with Yoshio Noma on guitar, Takashi Otsuki on piano on the second night
of the 37th Tanabata Concertat Jittoku, Kyoto . Photo by Y. Sasaki, July 5th, 2009.


Toshiharu Maruyama singing one of his new songs "Bullpen Elegy" at Oread Open Mike. Among
the songwriters who come to sing at Oread he is the most prolific. It is something to be commended
for a person who is as old as Bob Dylan and who started writing songs seriously only a few years ago.
Photo by miura, August 22, 2009.


Sophie looking out the window on top of the TV set in which a cat painted by Rinjiro Hasegawa
sleeps. How peacefully she sleeps! Photo by miura on August 27, 2009.


Full Corn Moon over the Suzuka Montain Range. Photo taken by Tetsuhiro Kobayashi on the morning
of September 5, 2009.


Beaufiful spiderweb in the early morning sun. Mystery of creation, wonder of nature!! Too bad
the web's creator wasn't there. He might have been out for a walk. Photo by miura, Sep 11, 2009.


Summer is over and autumnal tints are beginning to appear in the yard. Autumnal fllowers are
blooming and the birtch trees started changing colors. Photo by miura, September 18, 2009


Leonard Cohen, kneeling down on one knee, listens to and pays homage to the master of the 12 string
archilaud, Javier Mass at the Apollo Theater in Oakland California, April 15, 2009.


The sublime Webb Sisters (Charley and Hattie Webb) and the imcomparable Sharon Robinson as
backup vocals at the Leonard Cohen Concert at Parmount Theater in Oakland, California, April 15, 2009.


Leonard Cohen at his concert in Paramount Theater in Oakland, California, April 13, 2009.
Everything including the stage lighting was done so exquisitely, greatly impressing the audience.


At the finale of the Open Mike on Oc 17, 2009 T. Maruyama, M. Akahane, T. Ohtsuki and
K. Fujimori sang "Ano Subarashii Ai wo Moichido (Wish we could love again like we used to)"
in memory of the composer of the song, Kazuhiko Kato, who had reportedly decided to end
his life on the afternoon of that day. Photo by miura.


We've had a really warm autumn this year but all of a sudden yesterday the temperature dropped
drastically. It was -2℃ yesterday morning in Imamura. The leaves of the trees changed their colors
making the whole scene a pageant of colorful autumn leaves. Photo by miura, November 3, 2009


Photo of the 15th Hisashi Miura's Year-end Concert at Mandala 2, in Kijijoji, Tokyo with Yoshio Noma
on guitar and Takashi Ohtsuki on piano. Photo by Lynne Miura, December 19, 2008. This year the 16th
Year-end Concert will be held on Dec 18 (Fri) at the same place with the same memebers. The subtitle
of the concert will be "Thank you, Mr. Cohen."


The great view of Moriyasan (Mt. Moriya) with the snow-capped peaks of Yatsugatake Range peeking
out toward the left. Photo taken by miura at Johyama in Miyadokoro, Tatusno on November 23, 2009.


The holly tree by the Oread entrance was lighted up for the holiday season. Photo
by miura, November 28, 2009.


Hisashi Miura singing "Arigato, Mr. Cohen" with Yoshio Noma on guitar, Hiroshi Ohta on
sax, Takashi Ohtsuki on piano at his 16th annual year-end concert at Manadala 2, Kichijoji,
Tokyo. Photo by Hisao Hakomori, December 18, 2009.

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