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January 13th, 2009

On local radio in the AM

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Some kind soul from my Birmingham Japanese Society committee volunteered me to be on the radio tomorrow. And the suject? Tokyo Subway Trains and crowding issues. Ok, so it's really random. Luckily I've had some experience here and can lend some insight. I think it will really be comparing Japanese trains to British trains. Chalk and cheese if you ask me, and they are. LOL! I'll let you know how it turns out!

January 12th, 2009

Panto Dresses

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This week your's truly will be playing the part of Queen Eleanor in Sleeping Beauty panto in Stonnall, Staffordshire, England. I have made my costumes. They were fun to make, and I'd be tempted to make one for myself to keep. It's the Butterick medieval dress pattern. Hopefully I will add more pictures later from the panto. Enjoy!

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More pictures to be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shigatsuhana/sets/72157612143354615/

December 31st, 2008

Happy New Year 2009!

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December 11th, 2008

Sad news for those who were wanting to see David Tennant in Hamlet over Christmas.

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/stage/theatre/article5321215.ece

November 26th, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. This is the first year that I've lived in the UK that I'm not doing Thanksgiving. I'm much busier this year and it's also my 40th birthday. My husband and I are off to London to see Spamalot and have some decent Japanese food and window shop. I'm just looking forward to spending a couple of relaxing days away.

November 22nd, 2008

The sad truth!

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Pretty incredible! I'm afraid that this represents far too many Americans. People are just not educated and believe everything they hear and read. Very sad! Now you know why I didn't vote for Obama, and why I'm so very afraid for America. People are so out of touch!




November 5th, 2008

Hmmmm.....

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Rarely will I ever make a political post here but I feel that I need to speak my mind a bit now.
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November 1st, 2008

Multiply

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If you are on Multiply and you want to join a group about kimono collecting, I've started one here:

http://kimonocollections.multiply.com/

October 19th, 2008

Shamisen

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So I've been thinking for a couple of years that I'd like to learn shamisen. I'm somewhat musical as I used to play French Horn and I now play percussion in a couple of orchestras. However, I know shamisen will be completely different. I've just bought an inexpensive one from Yahoo Japan Auctions, so we'll see how it goes! This is my Christmas present. I guess I'll hunt down the IG forums for other shamisen players to find out which books are good for beginners. Watch out Gion Kouta and Yoshida Brothers, here I come! LOL!





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