Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Shabby is a luxury

Lately I've been living mainly in three cities: Tokyo, NY, and LA. (Can the word "mainly" applied to numbers like three? Those are fairly covering the earth!)

We had a slightly distorted-looking full moon in LA last night; it was the most obvious face-like moon I've ever seen!! I thought "oh I gotta show this to all-!" and tried to take pictures of it by my digital camera, but it came out as just a white circle no matter how many times I took the shot. Oh my God. You know, my husband is also a photographer but all the cameras I find at home are average digital ones and throwaway ones only. This is just *normal* for us.

Come to think of it, I remember Mr. Daido Moriyama did the shooting in one hand by his tiny camera. Come to come to think of it of it, I myself have used those equipments only the size of hand luggage taken on board most of the time . . .

Oh yeah, yeah! Now to take up where we left off! The red toy piano I'm playing in the blog photo. I was doing the recording in Tokyo at that time. And there was this part where I definitely wanted to add the sound of broken toy piano to, so all the staff and I went to the toy section of the department store nearby.

The store had various kinds of pianos and by trying them out . . . I found that the one that had been on display, battered and missing a few sounds, had the greatest flavor. It's like "This is the sound I've been looking for!".

We asked "Can we have this one." and the clerk women in the section got a little panicked. Though we didn't ask them for things like a discount, they had a petit meeting about if it would be ok to sell that shabby thing. They replied "Would it really be okay with you . . . ?" and the deal was done~* uh-oh, they started wiping the piano at the register! We said "Oh, well! We'll take it as is! We'd like it as is!" then paid for it and it's done.

We found that shopping very satisfying and the recording went pretty well thanks to the piano. I wonder what happened to that piano after that. I think Kanzou Sensei (Mr. Liver, the director) said he would take it home for his kid . . .

Well the point is that it's not always good to stick with high quality equipments! That's what we learned this time! ( . . . is that, really? Well but I feel like it's not good to give that shabby piano to kids) I think it's not that you cannot be a professional photographer without money to purchase the equipments. Making a cappella demo tapes or using instant CD burner machines in game arcades would be nice, if you'd like to be a singer.

Aww anyway I really wanted to show you that face-like moon~ (/x_x)/

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Not Seven*Eleven...but...

(I'm not feeling good at all)
. . . Sorry for the silly start! But there should be a lot of people in America whose birthdays are this day and a lot of babies should've been born today as well; I hope many wonderful things will happen on September 11th for the future, not just those disastrous events.

Today is an eventful day!

It's the election day in Japan, the 4th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in America. I wonder if Earth might deviate from the orbit because of many people's thoughts! No that won't happen.

There is more! It seems September 11th is Nihyaku-Hatsuka(Two Hundred Twenty) Day-! It's the two hundred twentieth day from the first day of spring, and known as the off day that the typhoon causes damage in places.

. . . Wonder why such a day is the election day . . . I might lose my drive to go to vote if the typhoon comes (- - ; )

So it's been four years since that day of New York. I wonder if America has changed.

You remember the other day there were a string of terrorist incidents in subways and buses in London? I was supposed to go to London in a few days when the first explosion was reported. On business I mean. I had an emergency meeting with my staff! Like "What should we do? Should we cancel it? Or change the place?" I said "Let's proceed with the plan without changing the schedule to go, seeing how it's going," and we did go after all!

The second terrorist explosion fuss happened when I was there.
Still I wasn't afraid to go . . . because my friend living in London has to commute on the subway everyday, knowing it may be dangerous. I don't have that fear as I don't take public transportation, but I know the people who have to ride the subway, have to live normally. I can never say such things like "It's like, the city you're in is sorta dangerous so I decided not to go" to my friend!

Also I think that New York, Tokyo or any other place could be targeted anytime. I don't know where the safe place is! We may have to move way way out in the country then. We can't stay away from natural disasters though.

I was a bit worried about going to school by train when the subway sarin gas incident occurred, but looking back now I'm not sure if we have learned something from that incident. We haven't, have we?? We don't have measures, have we?? That sort of worry is much more real and scary to me!

Now to change the subject completely: I posted a message on Be My Last blog-!
That's my very first appearance on the blog thing~v
The picture is the super-fresh one my father took in the studio just a couple of hours before uploading~ (giggles) There's an episode of a sort about that toy piano.
To be continued to *the next issue*