OREAD Top Page Photos 2010
OREAD House Band playing "Ano Subarashii Ai wo Moichido" singing with the audience at the
second annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Benefit Concert. From left, T. Maruyama on (standup
bass), M. Akahane (vocal, guitar), K. Fujimori (vocal, guitar), H. Ohta (sax), & T. Ohtsuki (guitar).
Photo by miura, January 17, 2010.
Richard Robinson impersonating in front of a poster at the 2nd Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Benefit Concert at Oread on January 17, 2010. His talk on the impact he got from MLK as a
youth impressed the audiencde immensely. Photo by A. Kakiuchi, aka Freepa.
Hiroshi Ohta singing "Uchu no Uta (Song of the Universe)" at the 2nd MLK Day Benefit Concert
at Oread, Janunary 17, 2010, impressing the audience with his piano and the song of his writing.
Photo by miura.
Toshiharu Maruyama singing "Manshu no Oka (A Hill in Manchuria)," a tribute song to his mother
who passed away in January last year, at the 2nd MLK Day Benefit Concert at Oread, Janunary 17,
2010, stirring the audience with the poignant words in the song. Photo by A. Kakicuhi, aka Freepa.
Kazuhiro Fujimori singing "Change," a song he wrote last year for the King's Day Benefit Concert.
It is such an apt song for this occasion that he decided to sing it again this year at the same benefit
concert to raise money to help suppor the children of Cambodia and Laos to go to schoool.. Photo by
A. Kakicuhi, aka Freepa, Jan 17, 2010.
Makoto Akahane singing "Yurushi (Forgiveness)"at the 2nd King's Day Benefit Concert at Oread,
January 17, 2010. It is a song written based on a story in the Bible in which a mob of peopel trying
to stone a woman (Photo by miura)
Takashi Ohtsuki singing "Tanjo (Birth)"at the 2nd King's Day Benefit Concert at Oread, January 17,
2010, impressing the audience with his dexterity with the guitar and the song whose music he wrote. Photo
Image of Martin Luther King, Jr. made of paper clay by the students in Section 3 of the 9th graders
in Ina East Junior High School under the guidance of Mr. T. Kojima.. This image will be donated and will
come to Oread soon. Photo by miura, March 1, 2010.
I didn't know there were weeping plum trees like weeping willows and weeping chettry trees. But
lo and behold this is a photo of weeping plum blossoms at Youki Shrine （結城神社）in the city of
Tsu, Mie Prefecture. Photo taken by Tetsuhiro Kobayashi on the morning of March 6, 2010.
Another photo of weeping plum blossoms by Tetsuhiro Kobayashi taken at Youki Shrine （結城神社）
in the city of Tsu, Mie Prefecture on the morning of March 6, 2010. You can see his photos of flowers
at this site: http://www.ajizukuri.co.jp/link/link-f/yumekariudo/4season/yume4season.html
The Image of MLK made of paper clay in the alcove on the right. It was made by the students
in Section 3 of Ina East Junior High School. On March 15, 2010 it was donated to Oread. Photo
Ms Awazuhara stood up and gave her favorable feedback at the end of the 11th Storytelling Session
presented by "Hibiki," a volunteer group who support visually challenged people by taping the municipal
government's publications. Photo by miura, March 22, 2010.
The full moon in March is called the Worm Moon as worms start crawling around as it gets warmer,
but this year it has been very cold and there is still snow on the ground. Hope it will be warmer soon
bringing lots of worms, birds, butterflies, flowers and vegetables. Photo by miura, March 30, 2010.
One day before April Fool's Day, one night after the full moon. It still looks very full. "That big,
fat moon is gonna shine like a spoon," Dylan said. Oh by the way he sang in Seoul, Korea tonight.
It was his first concert there. Photo by miura, March 31, 2010.
The cherry blossoms both sides of Kamo River were in full bloom on April 3-4 when I visited Kyoto to attend a party given
in commemoration of Prof. Mimaki's retirement from teaching at Kyoto Universitu and also to meet a close friend of mine
from California who is in June to leave Kyoto where he has lived for the past 40 years. Photo by miura, April 4, 2010.
Found out that the bird that came to nest at our birdhouse is shijyu-kara. The didcionary gives
two English names-- great tit or oxeye. Wonder why it is called great tit. Photo by miura, April 8, 2010.
Leonard Cohen at Paramount Theater, Oakland, California. April 13, 2009. I was there to witness the
greatest concert in my whole life. It was almost like a dream. Leonard who reportedly suffered from
compression injury in his lower back in February is going to resume his tour starting in Scandinavia in
August. h. miura
This is the courtyard where Rokuzan Memorial Concert is usually held on April 22, but this year
it was rainy and it was held at the Gooseberry House closeby. The house was packed and the
concer went well. Photo by miura, April 22, 2010.
The villagers in Imamura pulling two onbashira (sacred pillars) to the village shrine located on a hill
behind the village temple where the cherry blossomes are in full bloom. The children on the polls
yelling the traditional chant "Pull hard, everyone, I beg you!!" It is a smaller scale onbashira but will
definitely remain as a fond momory in their hearts. Photo by miura, April, 24, 2010.
In Shinshu spring always comes late but this year it has taken longer to come. The white magnolia blossoms look beautiful
agains the blue sky but looked at closer, they are frostbitten and some of them are brownihs. Photo by miura, April 29, 2010.
Remi Matsuo singing Mr. Sleepy, a song of her own writing, impressing the audeince with the surrealistic
lyrics and with her deep resonant voice. Robert Shelton wrote of Bob Dylan when he first heard him sing--
"...his music-making has the mark of originality and inspiration, all the more noteworthy for his youth.
Mr. Dylan is vague about his antecedents and birthplace, but it matters less where he has been than where
he is going, and that would seem to be straight up." I feel the same way about Remi. She will go very far.
Photo by miura, May 1, 2010.
Sato GWAN Hiroshi gave a heartwarming gig at Oread on May 8, 2010. I was especially impressed with
"Kujira no Nemurikata" (I Wonder How Whales Sleep) and "Kappa"(an imaginary animal in Japan which
appears in fairy tales and children's stories). His guitar, his voice and fairytale-like lyrics all blended and
worked well to soothe us all. Photo by miura.
The shijyu-kara (great tit) peeking out the opening of the birdhouse. It has something
in its beak. I hope the eggs will successfully hatch. Photo by miura, May 15, 2010.
As I went out the door one evening, I was overwhelmed by a flood of orange colored light in the
air. It was coming from the sky aglow with the sunset. It thought I could even touch the waves of
light..It is hard to describe the elated feeling I had at that moment. It was really a spectacular afterglow.
The photo does not even come close to what it really was but may have some semblance to it.
Photo by miura., May 20, 2010.
M. Akahane, K.Fujimori & K. Miura singing Furusato as the finale of the Open Mike at Oread
on May 22, 2010. Photo by miura.
The Oread All-Star Band singing Mikan no Hana saku Oka (The Hill with the Mandarin Orange
Blossoms Blooming) as the finale of the Open Mike at Oread on May 29, 2010. Photo by miura.
This photo was taken by one of my former students at the 37th Tanabata Concert at Jittoku, Kyoto
about a year ago. This year again there will be the concert, which will be the 38th of the series, on
July 3rd and 4th at the same venue. (miura) Photo bye e.m. on July 4, 2009.
(From left) Norman, Dr. T, Hisashi, Leslie and Sequoia singing at the party after the 14th
Hisashi Miura Firefly Festival Concert. Photo taken by Susan Branz on June 19th, 2010.
From left, Yuzo Toyoda, Hisashi Miura, Hitoshi Higashino, Goh Furukawa, singing
"Goodnight Irene" at the finale of the 38th Tanabata (Star Festival) Concert, 2nd day
(July 4th, 2010), Jittoku, Kyoto. Photo by Y. Sasaki.
From left, Alex Ozaki, Izumi Akahane, Ryotaro Imai, playing Brazillian music at Oread,
impressing the audience with pieces like now a classic Girl from Ipanema, and Ajisai
(Hydrangea), an original piece written by Ryotaro Imai in memory of his mother. Photo
by miura, July 31, 2010.
Akira Matsuo, a poet, reciting 100 or so of haiku of his own writing to the swinging
beat of Pud Powell's piano at the open mike at Oread, August 7, 2010. His ingenuities
and spontaneity impressed the audidence immensely. Photo by miura.
Isao Nagashima astounded the audience playing Furusato, a very popular Japanese song with
his homemade nose flute at Oread Open Mike on Aug 14, 2010. Photo by miura.
Toshiharu Maruyama on bass, Ben Poole on percussion support Daniel Pierce on
piano, improvising a piece of music, exhilarating and at times pensive at the Oread
open mike, August 21, 2010. Photo by miura.
The album cover of Phil Ochs' All the News that's Fit to Sing played a leading
role in Akira Matsuo's performance at the Oread open mike. He read a peom
he wrote on Phil while the first track of the album being played on the portable
record player he brought from home. Photo by miura,Aug 28, 2010.
Annika, a Rotary Club exchange student from Germany, speaks about Japan
at an open mike in Oread. She says the first impression of Japan was "It is
very hot." And the first Japanese word she learned here was "atsui." Hope
it will be cooler soon and she will come again to play the piano for us. Photo
by miura, Sept 4, 2010.
A pair of colored doves started taking turns to incubate eggs in the yew tree
in our yard. It is 4 or 5 meters directly away from the 2nd-story veranda of our
house. Their cooing sound is quite soothing in the morning. Hope the eggs will
hatch soon. Photo by miura, Sept. 19, 2010.
Mark Brierley singing Like a Rolling Stone, a song which many people acclaim
as the best song written by Bob Dylan, with the Matsumoto Jammers (Takashi
on bass, Mine on harmonica, Karen on bongo) and Alyn on djembe. Photo by
miura, September 25, 2010.
Two baby doves wait patiently in a drizzling rain for their mother to return with
some food. They were hatched about a week ago, I think, atop the yew tree in
front of our house. Photo by miura, October 4, 2010.
Bird on the Wire. Like a bird on the wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir, I have
tried in my way to be free. Actually this is a mother dove, encouraging the baby
birds to fly away from the nest on a yew tree in our yard, where they hatched a few
weeks ago. Photo by miura, Oct 12, 2010
SONGS FROM THE ROAD (DVD/CD) by Leonard Cohen is to be released on Oct 27, 2010 in
Japan. The selection of the songs in this album complements his great LIVE IN LONDON album
with his masterpieces like Famous Blue Raincoat, Chelsea Hotel, Waiting for the Miracle and
Heart with No Companion. If LIVE IN LONDON is one long novel, SONGS FROM THE ROAD is
an anthology of short stories. It is highly recommended. By the way, my favorite is Waiting for
the Miracle. -miura, Oct 26, 2007.
Shinshu University (Matsuoto campus) ablaze with autumn colors.
Photo by miura, Novemb er 4, 2010.
Tetsuro Horikoshi playing the esraj, an Indian musical instrument,
impressing the audience with its exquisite sound at Oread Open
Mike on Nov 6, 2010. Photo by miura.
This year's long and swealtering summer delayed the coming of autumn but it came without
fail. The red maple tree in our yard. Photo by miura 11/10, 2010.
Mr. Kazuo Harada, moved by the sound of handbells performed by the young
Honan students, thanked them for their performance and encouraged them
saying, "It is wonderful to be young. Hope you will do your best and have a
fulfilling life in future." Photo by miura, November 20, 2010.
Ms. Kazue Harada and Akiyama san, listening attentively with their eyes closed to Takashi Otsuki
exquisitely play Pachelbel's Canon at the OREAD open mike on Nov 27, 2010. Photo by miura.
The white birch trees in our yard spreading out the bare branches up
toward the sky. It is like Bob Dylan singing "But for the sky there are
no fences facing." Photo by miura, December 4, 2010.
Thank you so much, friends. I'm so pleased that you're here. I know that some
of you have undergone financial and geographical inconvenience. We're, we're
honored to play for you tonight. ― Leonard Cohen
Well I am one of those who have undergone financial and geographical inconvenience,
but it was worth it. Thank you so much, Leonard.― miura.
Leonard Cohen at the concert to conclude his three year long world tour. It was truly
an amazing and moving concert. Hope he will rest for a while and start another chapter
of his "book" before long. Photo by miura, December 11, 2010 at Colloseum, Caesars
Palace, Las Vegas.
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