Steven Tanaka recently updated the NMFT website with the lineup for volume 12 of his excellent Japanese indie & underground music tour. Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver will have shows. The Montreal show will take place in a different venue due to the closure of La Divan Orange. It’ll be at La Sala Rossa on May 21, 2018. That’s Victory day.
This year’s lineup features mostly returning bands. From volume 10: The Taupe, Yubisaki Nohaku and Bakyun the Everyday return. From volume 11: Koutei Camera Girl Drei return. Yubisaki Nohaku was my favorite from v 10 and Koutei Camera Girl Drei had one of the best performances in v 11.
Group_Inou have performed at a previous NMFT show and Steven thinks very highly of them. Group inou consists of two members, a rapper and DJ/composer. Their music is electronica. Only Imai (DJ/composer) is coming so it seems the performance will be purely instrumental without any rapping. Imai does perform as a solo artist.
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What follows is my English translation of the TVA Sports article by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, published on November 11, 2017.
A Good Shot for Asian Hockey
The Japanese player of the Montreal Canadiennes, Nachi Fujimoto sees the arrival of two Chinese teams to the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) as a good thing for Asian hockey.
“It’s good for Asian hockey that two Chinese teams play in the Canadian league. In women’s hockey, the two best teams are Canada and the USA,” said Fujimoto after her team’s defeat at the Bell Center on Saturday. “The best way to learn is to play against the best players on the planet.”
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The Canadiennes of the CWHL initially drafted Nachi Fujimoto, the Japanese defender from Sapporo, Hokkaido, before the 2016 season but then traded her to Boston. Before this season in 2017, the Canadiennes traded for her so now she is back in Montreal, which I believe makes her the first Japanese player on the team.
Nachi has an older sister who played as a goalie in the NWHL last season and has been the goalie for the Japanese national team.
Bangkok Nites (2016)
Director: Katsuya Tomita
Screenplay: Toranosuke Aizawa
Cast: Subenja Pongkorn
Review: Starting off with the main character, Luck (Subenja Pongkorn), a Thai prostitute looking outside a hotel room, we follow her and a Japanese man named Ozawa through the world of sex tourism in Thailand and the various Japanese men who come for the services. The film looks at how richer people from Japan exploit poorer ones in Thailand. It also explores if a real relationship can grow between a prostitute and a former client and the definition of “paradise.”
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In what I believe is a first, two shows were scheduled instead of one for the Montreal stop of the Next Music From Tokyo tour. The Sunday one was initially the only one planned and ended up having a decent sized crowd. But some of the bands wanted to do a Monday show too, which predictably ended up with a small crowd (the rain certainly didn’t help) and featured less bands than the Sunday show since a couple of them didn’t want to do 4 shows in 4 nights (Toronto shows were on Friday & Saturday). Naturally you would think that you wouldn’t be missing anything by skipping the Monday show. If you skipped the show based on that thought well let me say that you were totally wrong and you should repent for your sins. In fact, the Monday show ended up being more exciting and memorable than the Sunday one (which was still great). What the small crowd lacked in size, they made up for with ferocious loudness and a willingness to let go all inhibition while dancing, jumping and even moshing at one point.
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Le festival du nouveau cinema from October 4-15, 2017 will be screening films from all over the world at various theaters in Montreal. There are some recent movies from Japan such as Beat Takeshi’s Outrage Coda (the final installment of the Outrage trilogy) and Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Before We Vanish. Films from the past such as Takashi Miike’s Sukiyaki Western Django and several gangster films from the 60s by Seijun Suzuki. There’s also an intriguing stop motion animation short film by Takeshi Yashiro called Norman the Snowman. From South Korea there are a couple of recent Hong Sang Soo films and from the past, a Korean western by Kim Jee Woon. There’s a movie from Chinese born but Montreal based director Xiaodan He called Un Printemps d’ailleurs. There is also a Vietnamese horror movie called KFC.
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I’m really late on this trend but whatever. This Koi dance aka Love dance is fun and super catchy.
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Steven Tanaka is organizing a second tour of Next Music From Tokyo this year after a very successful vol 10 last May. Montrealers are in for a nice surprise this year because there will actually be two shows in Montreal although they won’t be exactly the same. The first will be on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Le Divan Orange (4234 St. Laurent) in Montreal and the show starts at 8pm (doors 7pm) and will feature all the acts. There will be a second (mini) show on Monday, October 9, 2017 with only four of the acts but they will play longer sets and it will be followed by some sort of after party. The Montreal stop is after Toronto and before Vancouver. The lineup of six Japanese indie/underground bands are: Jyocho, Nuito, 午前3時と退屈 (Gozen Sanji To Taikutsu / 3 A.M. and Bored), O’ Summer Vacation & Koutei Camera Girl Drei + opening act: Ame To Kanmuri. Tickets are $14. Hard copy tickets can be purchased at Cheap Thrills or you can buy them online.
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