MONO is an instrumental band from Japan formed in 1999. They will have a show at Phi Centre in Montreal on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, which is part of their 2017 North American tour. I don’t know anything about them but the organizer of NMFT, Steven Tanaka, calls Mono a legendary band.
Your Name / 君の名は / kimi no na wa was a smash hit in Japan (4th highest grossing film in that region) and is currently the highest grossing anime film world wide. It will start screening in Montreal at Cineplex Forum starting April 7, 2017 courtesy of Funimation. It will also screen at other theaters across North America.
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.
Mike Chen of Strictly Dumping has been posting videos of his trip to Japan including some mouth watering food videos. He’s really good at advertising all the deliciousness. Makes me want to go to Japan just for the food.
This is one of the more illuminating team-up videos. Chika (Japanagos / Bilingirl) interviews Rachel & Jun about their cross-cultural marriage. Great questions and insightful answers.
And part 2…
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…
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)
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.