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Mouse on the Keys @ L’Astral – March 10

Mouse of the Keys will have a show starting at 8pm at L’Astral on Friday, March 10, 2017. They’re an instrumental jazz band from Tokyo. This isn’t their first time in Canada. They apparently came last year and even earlier than that when Steven Tanaka had brought them over as part of his Next Music From Tokyo tour (in vol. 5). Be sure not to miss them this time. This is part of the festival Montréal en Lumière.

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Rachel interviews Chika and Melodee

Rachel interviews Chika (youtube channels Japanagos / Bilingirl) and Melodee, a TV reporter & ballet dancer, who also has a youtube channel. The main topic being about their experiences in Japan and the difficulties they encountered due to not having grown up in Japan. A Japanese term, Kikokushijo, describes a Japanese person who returns to Japan from a long time living aboard. Interesting stuff.

and part 2…

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Posted in Documentary, Film Festivals, Film Screenings, Trailers, Video

RIDM – Nov 10-20, 2016

The Montreal International Documentary Festival / Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montreal (RIDM) will be running from November 10-20, 2016. Here are some of the East Asian & Asian American documentaries.

Gatekeeper by Yung Chang (Canada, Japan)

95 and 6 to go by Kimi Takesue (USA)

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Next Music From Tokyo Vol 9 live show

This is the second Next Music from Tokyo show I’ve attended. This time I specifically took time off work so I could stay up late for it. That’s how great I thought the last show was. Now, of course, it’s all different bands this time but having looked up their youtube videos, they all sounded pretty good. I also got ear plugs which I forgot to bring, of course. Here are my thoughts on the show.

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Festival du nouveau cinema – Oct 5-16, 2016

Le festival du nouveau cinema just released its schedule. In regards to East Asia, Japan is well represented with many features, a couple from China (one is listed under Hong Kong) and a couple from South Korea. In Southeat Asia, there are a few from the Philippines and Cambodia and Thailand each have one film.

Here are a few of my personal picks but be sure to check out the full lineup.

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Next Music from Tokyo Vol 9 concert – Oct 5 @ Le Divan Orange

Next Music from Tokyo is a concert series featuring indie bands from Japan. It’s run by Steven Tanaka with shows in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. I only discovered it recently when I attended volume 8 last minute (which was in May earlier this year). I’m very excited that we don’t have to wait a whole year for vol 9, which kicks off its tour in Montreal on October 5, 2016 at Le Divan Orange. The lineup has been finalized and the bands are Maison Book GirlThis is JapanJizueToranoko Rammy, and Hitsuji Bungaku. Here’s the facebook event page.

Sep 17 update: trailer!

Based on videos online, the bands sound great and this should be another amazing show. Advance tickets available August 17. Here are some music videos of the acts.

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