Akio Wannabe-San

Clarinet For Sale

I had a hard time finding a clarinet in Japan , well a good one.  I needed to get one for my friend’s daughter living in Japan when I visit her this year.  So when I saw that there was one for sale online , I had to take advantage of it .  If you are looking for  clarinet for sale, check it out at MusiciansFriend.com  .  I think my girlfriend in Japan feels that the ones made in the United States are way better than what she can find in Asia.  One got to love living in United States because you can get almost anything and everything there at good prices too.

Gifting In Japan

Vacationing in Japan is always fun , because we have family and friends in Tokyo and Kyoto .  We stay in their homes and the customary thing is to buy your host family a gift as well as for their children.  As one of friend’s kid loved music and anything relaxed to it , I decided that I should get him the best dj headphones at guitarcenter.com  for our trip next month .  One can never go wrong with DJ headphones for a teenager boy who sneaks out to Harajuku on the weekend to play his musical instrument.

Party Time

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Celebrating my kid’s sweet 18, we decided to have the birthday and dance at our home  I don’t think it is difficult as we have some  sound activated lights  that we can use for the dance floor.   So besides food, drinks and invitations and some good music on a turntable , I think we are pretty much ready to get the party rolling and getting the mood set right.

Musicians In Japan

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Musicians are a plenty in Japan , in fact , they make it a huge affair to display their talent on the streets of Tokyo with no reservations.  And some of them lug all their instruments with them and that must be hard work.  Some I notice uses the  cougar tube  an amp combo that is small but gives out good sound and is good for recording , now that is really smart.

 One has to wonder if they are doing this full time or is it for interest alone?  I do see some selling their CDs and some other things and of course some people do throw money into a box that is provided by the musicians. But these street performers are very serious with what they are doing and one has got to respect them for it.

Gift For Host Family In Japan

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Exchange students are often going from Canada to Japan for a couple of months to experience the culture in Japan and to learn some of their languages to bring back to share with their fellow students from home..  Many a times , I’m asked what kind of gift/s do they send to the host family who are taking care of their children while they are away from home.  I recommended a few things but I particularly like to give table linens and premiertablelinens.com has an excellent selection  that one can order online and have the students bring along with them and present it to the host family as soon as they arrive.

Any host family from Japan would appreciate a piece of good quality table linen as the Japanese only believed in quality and not the quantity of things that one present.  And since Japanese families celebrates the harvest month like the Americans , a good table linen would be an excellent gift to present to the host family.  They would certainly  appreciate it and will use it during the harvest month when they are celebrating with friends and family or any special occasion to show them off to family and friends.

Jamming In The Streets Of Tokyo

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Watching talented young and old people play on the streets are quite common in Japan.  With a 1 4 stereo jack  and their instruments, from drums to guitars, they are so dedicated in bringing you their best performances.   I don’t know if some get discovered but I think that most of these people just wants to perform for the love of it.  They never ask for money, but an applause or two is very much appreciated.  So if you happen to see these talented people play on the street, do clap when they are done.

Street Performance In Japan

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Street performances in Japan is a common sight and I’ve written a lot about it in my many years that I’ve been in Japan.  The talented Japanese guys and girls spare not change when it comes to buying their musical instruments and costume for their performances.  My nephew who lives in Japan had asked me to bring a  pro bass box  for him this summer when I am on vacation in Japan and although my sister isn’t so keen in him performing on the street, I feel that it’s a really cool thing to do and experience.   I say go for it just as long as he isn’t doing drugs or drinking alcohol or fighting on the streets.

Portable Synthesizer For Musicians

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I don’t know much about gadgets like the above but the nephew in Japan does and he wants me to bring him a  korg kaossilator  when I visit him this summer.   Apparently, he couldn’t find it at a reasonable price where he is , so he wants me to order it online and bring it with me when I visit his family.  I guess this is a synthesizer that is quite popular with young and old musicians as it produces different sounds for the musician/s.  I know exactly where to buy it online for him, so it’s really a pretty easy gift to bring for him during my visit.  He is going to love me for it.

Japanese Drumming In Japan

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Drumming in Japan is quite tradition , unlike our drumming the West with a  gretsch new classic  .  Although , I do enjoy the traditional drumming in Japan, I much prefer the classic drumming we have in the West.   Both are art form but the traditional Japanese drumming seems a lot more intense.

I’ve seen some Taiko drumming in Sado Island sometime last year and tourists flocked to this quiet island because of this cultural event held yearly.  There is no lyrics to the drumming but it was definitely very enjoyable but if I had a choice I still prefer our Western drumming.

Great Gift For Host Family

 Every year, we send exchange students to Asia so that they can experience what it is like to study in a different country and environment and Japan is one of those that is highly requested.  Students stay with a host family and it is customary to bring the host family a gift.  In Japan, they have just about everything and to any Japanese you asked , they will tell you that quality is more important than quantity.  I usually suggest that they get the host family some Acrylic Dinnerware and  Home and Patio Décor Center has Merritt melamine  that any Japanese family will and can appreciate.

 Of course, you can choose from various price ranges and it doesn’t even need to be a very expensive set.  There are some sets that are as little as $32.99 and some as expensive as $299 but you can be sure that the quality of these gifts are equally exquisite and well made.  And like I’ve mentioned and cannot stress enough, any Japanese would love quality over quantity, so be sure to buy something useful and not because it’s expensive.

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And since summer is just round the corner, I suggest this flip flop wine glass outdoor set for any host family or friends that you are visiting.  I’m pretty sure not only the Japanese will love it , anyone would love to have it.

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