Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Vodka Spoiler: Big Indies Rock Concert in Shinsaibasi, Osaka, this Saturday, June 2nd

My friends Ken Moore & Shane Inwood (A.K.A. The Gods of Rawk!) recently formed a new rock band called Vodka Spoiler.  This Saturday, June 2nd, Vodka Spoiler is headlining a big indies rock concert in Shinsaibashi, Osaka.  Here are the details...

What: Vodka Spoils Osaka - an indies rock concert featuring 8 bands.

When: This Saturday, June 2nd, from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Where: Pangea in Shinsaibashi, near Big Step (Click Here for Map)

How Much: ¥2,500

Vodka Spoiler hits the stage at around 10:00 pm.  Hope to see you there!

You can listen to Vodka Spoiler here:

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Did you watch the solar eclipse (nishoku - 日食) on Monday?  My family & I met another family in a park near our apartment, where we watched the eclipse through special glasses.  It was a great experience!
The eclipse photographed through the special glasses
Monday's eclipse is called a "golden-ring eclipse" (kinkan nishoku - 金環日食) in Japanese.  It's commonly known as a "ring-of-fire eclipse" in English.  
For more information about eclipses, go to Mr. Eclipse
In conversation English, “to eclipse” can also mean to make another thing or person less famous or successful by being more famous or successful. For example, in the 1980s, handsome young actor Eric Roberts seemed certain to become a big star.
Eric Roberts
However, he was soon eclipsed by his little sister…
Julia Roberts
If you want to check out Eric Roberts at his best, I recommend these movies:
Star 80 (1983)

The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)

The Coca-Cola Kid (1985)

(Click on the titles for information about these movies in Japanese)

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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

A Golden Week of Movies

It's Golden Week in Japan! Golden Week is a collection of unrelated holidays that all fall around the same time. Depending on the year, they can result in either a couple of long weekends or an entire week off. The name comes from a promotion carried out by the cinemas on one of the years that they had a whole week off. The promotion is long gone but the name lives on.

Mayumi & I love movies. We always try to watch a couple of movies together during Golden Week.  Yesterday, we watched The Boat that Rocked (パイレー ツ・ロック), the "true" story of pirate radio in the UK.  The DVD was lent to us by one of our students (Hi, Noriko!).  It's a fun movie filled with goofy characters played by great actors.  And the music is excellent!  If you're looking for a movie to watch this Golden Week, we strongly recommend this one!
Most of the things that happen in the movie are loosley based on the history of Radio Caroline

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

スクールカレンダー & イベント

みなさん、こんにちは!オンライン”スクールカレンダー&お知らせ”の ページをアップデイトしました!当月のサービスレッスン日やキッズクラスの日程、祝 日やイベント案内が日本語で確認できます。

当校の ホームページ( の “スクールカレンダー”または "生徒のみなさんへ" をクリックして下さい!または直接下記のアドレスへリンクして下さい!(携帯電話からも可能です)

ス クールカレンダー :

生 徒のみなさんへ :

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