OREAD Top Page Photos 2012


With Prof. James Dorsey at The 19th Hisashi Miura Year-End Concert
at Mandala 2, Kichijoji, Tokyo. Photo by S. Miura, December 14, 2012.


Hiroshi Nakajima, with a stylish derby hat on, sings Banks of the Ohio, playing the
autoharp softly. Someone in the audience who saw the instrument for the first time
uttered, "What a lucky instrument! It is held and caressed like a baby." Photo by miura,
December 8, 2012.


The illuminated Catbus at the Kojin-yama park in Tatsuno, Nagano, Japan.
Catbus is a character in an animated film Tonari no Totoro or My Neighbor
Photo by h. miura, December 3, 2012.


Trees in the yard as well as on the hills around my house have changed their colors.
Many leaves have already fallen. Winter is coming soon. Photo by miura,
November 11, 2012.


Fall is here. The leaves of the trees are changing colors and some of them
have already hurried to fall on the ground. The air is crisp and it is perfect,
temperaturewise, not too hot, not too cold. Photo by miura, October 29, 2012.


Makoto Akahane singing "Senryonashi no Mi" which he wrote 7, or 8 years ago.
It is one of the favorite songs that come to Oread. Isao Nagasima with the nose
fluite, Shunsui Sakai with his guitar and Toshiharu Maruyama with the Piano supported
Akahenne-san. Photo by miura,October 20, 2012.


The Oread All Star Band baking up Hajime Tanaka with Sweet Home Chicago.
Photo by miura, September 30, 2012 at Oread Open Mike.


At Chusonji Sutra Archive (中尊寺経蔵にて). I visited the Chuson-ji temple for the
first time in 40 years. Photo by k. miura, 9/25/2012


Watching the river flow! Photo by k. miura at Kamikochi, Sept 14, 2012.


Probably due to the unusually warm weather this summer we are doing very well with
vegetables and fruits. Tomatoes are sweet and goya (bitter gourds) are bitter. The fruit
in the cardboard box is natsume or jujube. We will make natume wine and natsume tea
from it. Photo by miura, September 18, 2012.


Ms. Tamaho Fujimori (aka Iwanami) singing "Mais Que Nada" with the All-Star
Oread Band. Thanks to them all we had a great time. Photo by miura, 9/8/2012.


Shunsui Sakai singing No Woman No Cry at the Oread Open Mike.
Photo by miura, September 1, 2012.


(From left) I. Nagashima, M. Gohzu, H. Tanaka, and T. Maruyma, jamming
to Sweet Home Chicago with H. Tanaka performing as a main vocalist at the
Oread Open Mike. It sounded great!! Photo by miura, Aug. 25, 2012


Asahi Prime Shinshu Folk Festa 2012 was a big success. I was very lucky to have
been able to participate in the event as a member of the G3s. Many thanks to the
organizers and the people who came to see it. Photo by miura. August 19, 2012.


From left: Hori Roppei, Kamijo Shunichiro, Kinoshita Yuji, Kanasaki Yoshitaro and
Ghozu Masaki after the G3s' rehearsal for the Shinshu Folk Fest 2012 at Asahi-mura
Prime Ski Resort on August 19. Photo by miura, 8/9/2012.


Oh what a beautiful morning! Oh what a beautiful day! I've got a wonderful
feeling. Everything...." Photo by miura, August 1, 2012


From left, Hisashi Miura, Yuzo Toyoda, Hitoshi Higashino, Rabi Nakayama, Goh Furukawa at
the door of Jittoku, the venue for the 40th Tanabata Concert. Photo by Y. Sasaki, July 7, 2012.


Singing "Blowin' in the Wind" with the audience at The 16th Hisashi Miura
Firefly Festival Concert. Photo by Shinya Miura, June 23, 2012.


Noburo Harada and Kuniaki Shimizu impressing the audience with their
hilarious talks and songs at The 16th Hisashi Miura Firefly Festival Concert.
Photo by Shinya Miura, June 23, 2012.


Thank you for all the people who helped to make the 16th Hisashi Miura
Firefly Festival Concert a real success. Many thanks to Kuniaki Shimizu and
Noburo Harada for bringing so much laughter and joy to Oread. Photo provided
by Akira Sakaino, June 23, 2012.


Phoebe enjoying a morning stroll in the yard looking for some fun, a butterfly or
maybe a mole. Photo by miura, May 28, 2012.


今年の「ほたる祭りライブ」のゲスト「 あのねのね」の清水君と原田君に初めて会った頃の写真。
This photo was probably taken in fall, 1971, about the time when I first met
Shimizu-kun and Harada-kun (Anonenone). They will be the special guests at
my 16h firefly festival concert. (miura)


Super full moon on May 5, 2012, which looked brightter and larger than usual.
The photo was taken around 11:30 pm right after we got back home from the
Oread open mike. Photo by miura.


Toshiharu Maruyama singing Music Train. a song he wrote for his grandson.
Some people supported him with drums, horns and tambarine. Photo by miura,
April 28, 2012


Yukiko Natori and Kazue Harada at the Oread Open Mike, singing "Jinsei no Tobira
(Doors of Life)." The chorus in the last verse goes "I say it's sad to get weak/ You
say it's hard to get older/ And they say that life has no meaning/ But I still believe
it's worth living.
" It is a great song. Photo by miura, April 21, 2012.


G. Masuzawa sining Knocking on Heaven's Door with (from left) S. Sakai,
S. Masuzawa, M. Akahane, and T. Ohtsuki. Awesome porformance.
Photo by miura on Aprl 14, 2012.


Kure Hayashi singing Kanojo wa Nagoya (As for her, she is in Nagoya), a song he
just finished writing right before coming to Oread to sing. It is a a boy-meets-girl
song which speculates about the wonders of fateful encounter and love. The portrait
of Bob Dylan painted by Alan Lau is looking on. Photo by miura, April 7, 2012.


Shunsui Sakai singing Missing You, a song of his owr writeing with the support from
Tadayosi Oka (guitar) and Hiroshi Ohta (sax), which was one of the highlights of the
evenig. Photo by miura, March 24, 2012.


This book by Walter Isaacson is a great read. --She (his wife Laurene) wanted to make
sure that both sides of his personality were reflected in this book and put into context.
"Like many great men whose gifts are extraordinary, he's not extraorinary in every realm,"
she said. "He doesn't have social graces, such as putting himself in other peoples's shoes,
but he cares deeply about empowring humankind, the advancement of humankind, and
putting the right tools in their hand." (pp. 543-4) Photo by miura, March 3, 2012.


On the bank of Avon River in Christchurch, NZ, the workers reconstructing
the sites severely damaged by the earthquake of Feb 22 last year, were
having lunch which they shared with the ducks that came up from the river.

Photo by miura Feb 27, 2012


A young aspiring musician was playing the keyboard on Feb 27, 2012 near the City
Center in Christchurch, New Zealand. A big earthquake hit the area in Feburaury last
year destroying the symbol of the city, the great Cathedral. The sign in front of her
says, "I am saving up for teachers' college and also trying to bring some life to the
City Center." Photo by miura Feb 27, 2012


Shunsui Sakai, singing "Whitney, I Love You," a song he made up on the spot
as he sang along, with Hjime Tanaka supporting him with his exqusite guitar licks
at the Oread open mike. Photo by miura, February 18, 2012.


It was literally freezing cold this morning. The thermometer right in front of the
door read -18℃ at 7. It IS cold but a very nice crisp day! Photo by miura, Feb 3, 2012.


Professor Konomi Ara gave a great lecture titled "Martin Luther King, Jr. vs.
Malcolm X, and Barak Obama" at the 4th MLK Day Benefit Cocert at Oread,
January 15, 2012. Photo by miura.


Getting ready for the Martin Luther King Day Celebration on Jan 15, 2012.


From left H. Tanaka, K. Yamaguchi, J. Kasuga, T. Otsuki, a blues session at
Oread Open Mike on Jan. 7, 2012. Photo by miura.

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