What is Wa Lolita?

Wow, we definitely live in a global village… I’m going to take a moment to break away from Thailand to dash back to an interview I did with a Canadian friend who enjoys wearing a unique Japanese-inspired fashion style. Continue reading “What is Wa Lolita?”

Japanese Culture Presentations: March 28th

How to draw anime was the title of the workshop. And it had me at anime. Depositing my camera into my bag I pulled a piece of paper close and clutched my pencil excitedly. Nervous giggles and confessions of lacking drawing skills came from those in attendance. Like the wind passing through a forest of leaves, the sound of papers shuffling tickled my ears as we set ourselves up.  The small group grew quiet as the presenter stepped forward. Continue reading “Japanese Culture Presentations: March 28th”

World Music Celebration: March 21st

They looked so sterile, so cold. Silver cylinders. That’s all they were.

But when the two musicians standing before the crowd struck their first notes these pans transformed before my eyes. The musicians caused a waterfall of pearling, perky, upbeat sounds to bounce from their drums. Like delighted rubber raindrops falling on a steel roof combined with the purest moment in the sound of a steel pipe falling on the cement or on top of another steel pipe. I suddenly saw in my mind’s eye sunshine, palm trees and tranquil blue waters. Maybe it was because I’ve often heard this instrument in movies associated with warm places and the ocean. Continue reading “World Music Celebration: March 21st”

Three International Movies

This week was a week of rest, Mid-semester Break according to the Thompson Rivers University calendar, so I used it to the fullest. Rather than go out and track down cultural events, I decided to be a couch potato and watch some internationally focused movies: My Name is Khan, Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles and Waste Land. These three movies were played during the International Days festival at my university and I highly recommend them.

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International Days Showcase Part 2: Kamloops

Frantically scrabbling at my camera bag I dug out another SD card in something like two seconds flat. Deftly swapping the two cards, I made sure the old one was securely fastened in my bag before turning towards the stage again.

I was not even halfway through the show and I had taken almost 400 pictures. Yes. You read right, 400 photos and not even halfway through. I’m so thankful I knew enough about myself to bring another SD card, because more exciting scenes were coming up and I definitely didn’t want to miss the chance to share them. Continue reading “International Days Showcase Part 2: Kamloops”

International Days Showcase: Kamloops

Chasing after the flag parade I dashed into the gym ahead of the line of flag bearers, skidding to a stop for a few seconds as I beheld the crowd. The showcase had only just begun, but already the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) gymnasium was filled to the rafters with people. The flag bearers had to push through the crowd to complete their route.

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Soran Bushi: A Japanese Tradition

“Hi!” The commanding opening to the Japanese sea shanty, Soran Bushi, would have startled me out of my seat had I not already witnessed it last year. In the unglamorous classroom the powerful dance was out of place. It was a force of nature in a delicate artificial shell. The beginning sequence of hands dipping and rising to imitate waves was such a stark contrast to the surroundings– like an oasis in the desert. Even without their happi, or Japanese festival jackets, the dancers exuded the spirit of the traditional dance. It was great to be allowed to watch the dance grow and come together as the group continued to practice.

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