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Keiko-sensei [Sep. 14th, 2008|09:17 pm]
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For those of you from Pitt who haven't heard, Keiko-sensei passed away while on a fishing trip this weekend.

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If anyone hears of memorial service plans, please pass them along.
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AALikeThese2 [Mar. 5th, 2008|03:45 pm]
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African Americans of Asian related interests. This includes cosplay, egl, anime, manga, conventions, jrock, Asian culture, etc. We're gamers, we're punk, we're goth and whatever in between. The goal is to unite fellow African Americans with similar interests in a community that won't label them the "odd ball" or anything like that. If interested, you can check it out at

Visit AALikeThese2: Uniting African Americans with Asian Interests

Add it, not me lol

Sorry if you view this as spam. I'm just trying to reach my targeted audience, hence why your community is seeing this post.
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Japanese Films in Pittsburgh. [Sep. 8th, 2007|03:27 pm]
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The Pittsburgh Filmmakers are having a "Fifty Years of Janus Films" event at the end of September/beginning of October. During that time they'll be showing three Japanese films in the Janus catalog - Kurosawa Akira's Shichinin no samurai and Rashômon, and Kobayashi Masaki's Kwaidan, all of which are excellent and highly recommended.

Detailed information about the films and their showtimes/locations can be found on at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers' website.

Here's a couple links for those interested:
Fifty Years of Janus Films at Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Pittsburgh Filmmakers Main Page
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Tea Ceremony [Nov. 13th, 2006|09:35 am]
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I attended a tea ceremony class last Thursday and, not surprisingly, I wore kimono. The class was a nice overview of the tradition and history of tea and the evolution of the Japanese ceremony that surrounds it. I brought along my tea utensils and had the opportunity to share them with the class as some of the items I had the teacher did not.

I wore a very pale blue all season single mon kimono with a gold and ivory obi and an ivory and gold obiage and obijime. I also had the opportunity to use a new date eri on the kimono to accent the collar in the golden color seen in the kimono's hem design.

I apologize for the visible fold line in the obi, I didn't have time to steam it out, and I was trying to better match my height with the width of the obi to keep the ascetics of proportions correct, I think it looked OK, but I will still make it a bit narrower next time.
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(no subject) [Nov. 10th, 2006|02:13 pm]
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Hello! I actually live in Cleveland, but have friends and family in the Pittsburgh area. I've been studying Japanese on my own for about a year and a half. I also homeschool my two daughters, so it can be a bit of a challenge finding study time. I've taught a bit of Japanese to the girls as well and would like to work on teaching them kana--the youngest can already recognize a few. I am a big fan of Japanese dramas, some of my favorites are Trick, Gokusen, Midnight Rain and Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi.

A few months ago I found out that as a resident of Ohio I can apply for a Columbus library card, they will mail it to your house. With the card you can sign into the Worthington library online and access Rosetta Stone for free. This has helped tremendously with my pronunciation and kanji recognition.

I also keep a livejournal for learning Japanese but I don't update it nearly as much as I should.

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Mojuko at the Lincoln Center! [Nov. 7th, 2006|06:21 pm]
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I had a fantastic time at the Lincoln Center! I arrived early so I could load in my kimono and katsura and take the time to meet everyone. Everyone was getting ready for the final tech/dress rehersal and I was amazed as I watched the dressers help the ladies into their costumes for rehearsal. I meet, buyoka, a wonderful and charming lady, and she introduced me to some of the cast.

I took a little time in the afternoon to wander the city with Robb, who had been kind enough to drive me. We wandered into times square and thru the fashion district, I took him to my favorite trim store and we ate Thai food.

I returned to the theater around 4 to start makeup and dressing. My makeup went on well and I even managed the prongs in the back without help. Practice makes perfect!

The delight of all delights was having the dresser and buyoka help me into my hikizuri kimono. I have never had it tied so beautifully! I learned new things about hikizuri kitsuke and why it is nesessary for the geisha and maiko to have dressers. When I finished dressing and buyoka tied my obi, I was escorted to the lobby at the front of the house where I awaited the doors of the theater to open to the public.Once open I helped hand out the 25th anniversary booklets for the opera. I was well recieved and had several nice compliments.

once the show started, I watched parts of the opera from back stage and then went into the house to watch it with the audience. The performance was stunning! I didn't see enough of it to follow the entire plot but it really didn't matter, I loved every moment I spent there meeting new people and sharing my love of kimono!

Thank you to everyone who made my day so special, especially buyoka. It was my pleasure to have the opportunity to help create the atmospeare you desired for your show!!!

In the lobby waiting for the doors to open...

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