Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Goodman Bad & Cafe Bossa at Covent Garden this Friday Night

Our friend Simon hosts a concert called Inner Sky at Covent Garden on the 3rd Friday of every month. The next Inner Sky is this Friday, January 18th. As always, his band Goodman Bad will be playing an entertaining mix of 80s pop and 90s grunge in ska and reggae styles.

This week, they also have a special guest; Café Bossa – a duo who perform Bossa Nova.

Sae, the singer from Café Bossa

The concert will start soon after 8:00 pm. There’s a door charge of 1,000 yen, that includes 1 drink.

Café Bossa are expected to play quite early in the night so don’t be too late.

Covent Garden makes some of the best hamburgers in Japan so go there hungry!

2008年1月18日(金) 「INNER SKY(アコースティックライブイベント)」

Covent Garden, Kita Horie.


* Goodman Bad

* Cafe Bossa (guest出演)


Unfortunately, I have to work until late, however, I will definitely be there from about 10:00 pm. Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Coming-of-Age Day

Today, 20-year-olds across Japan will be celebrating their coming of age. To “come of age” means to become an adult.

Traditionally in England, people were considered to come of age on their 21st birthday. In modern Western countries that used to be English colonies, you are legally [by law] considered to be an adult on your 18th birthday (in some states of America it’s still 21), however, many people still hold a special party for their 21st birthday.

In Australia & New Zealand, 21st birthday parties are big events. All of your friends and family are invited to the party. So many people come to the party, it usually has to be held at a special party hall or in a marquee [a big tent] in the back yard of your parents’ house.

At the party, your father gives a speech in which he formally recognises you as an adult. As a part of this speech, he usually “gives you the keys to the house.” This is showing that you are now an adult, free to choose when you’ll leave and come back home. Key’s are an important symbol at 21st birthday parties.

A Typical 21st Birthday Card

A Key-shaped Birthday Cake

Another common tradition at Australian & New Zealand 21st birthday parties is to scull a yard glass. “To scull” means to drink without stopping. A yard glass is a special beer glass that is about 1 meter long. It holds about 1 ½ to 2 litres of beer.

A Yard Glass

This tradition usually means the 2nd day of your “adult life” is spent nursing an adult-sized hangover!

Coming-of-Age Day is a national holiday in Japan so Be & Me is closed today. Don’t forget that you can check future Be & Me holidays, Be & Me Kids' Model-Lesson Times, and service-lesson times at The Be & Me Calendar. You can also check for future events at the Be & Me Announcements Page.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the Year of the Rat! Did you have a good New Year’s Holiday? Ours was way too short! Yes, that’s right! Be & Me starts lessons again today!

You can check out our January schedule at The Be & Me Calendar. You can also check for special events, Model-Lesson & Service-Lesson times, and so on at Be & Me Announcements.

Speaking of special events, our friend Simon fronts a band called Goodman Bad.

They play reggae and rock covers of 80s pop and 90s grunge. And they rock!

They are having a concert at The Blarney Stone, a really relaxed and friendly Irish Pub in Umeda, this Sunday, January 6th.

The Concert will start sometime after 8pm and definitely finish before the last train.

Admission is free!

Click here for a map to the Blarney Stone.

By the way, the “super-mouse” character in the top picture is Mighty Mouse. I remember watching his cartoons on TV way back when I was in Elementary school. You can learn all about him by clicking on the name.