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Tuesday, October 11, 2011  

On Sunday,
I joined my friends in Fuchu
for the Aki Matsuri,
or Autumn Street Dance Festival...

I dressed in yukata I had made in Asakusa, Tokyo
a few years ago...

It was a perfect day for it!

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Pamela Dancing To "The Tokyo Ondo"

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Our Dance Group

It was a great day!

The street was filled with people of all ages
all doing the same steps,
to this hypnotic song :

Tokyo Ondo

Harada, Naoyuki

Till Next Time...

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9:22 AM

Sunday, August 28, 2011  

Going up, or down?
Closing my eyes, I'm floating-
The train door closes...

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Going Up, Or Down?


I had a fun evening last night.
Me, Michio, & Nao Suzuki went to
meet Demura-san,
a percussionist, artist, and interior designer.

I also met his son, Tai, who is the same age as Michio,
and we share the same birthday!

Demura-san was very hospitable,
and at his "Club D",
he had a piano, guitar, and his many percussion instruments.

A jam session ensued!

The 3 of us will play at Cafe Miwa on 10/29,
for our "Magic October Night"

Sending my prayers and well wishes to all my family and friends
on the East Coast,
during Hurricane Irene...

Goodnight Irene

Tom Waits

Till Next Time...

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1:08 PM

Thursday, August 11, 2011  

Sparkling Lip-Gloss Smiles
Ice Cream Cones, Swimming, and Jams
Dog Days of Summer

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"Summer Self-Portrait, 2 0 1 1"

37 C or 98.6 F, body temperature,
is the predicted air temperature, today,
for Tokyo...

Till Next Time...

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1:25 PM

Tuesday, July 26, 2011  

My last trip to Guam,
3 Summers ago,
I painted 4 watercolors,
and 15 Etegami postcards,
that I sent out to family and friends...

Today I present the 4

Remembering Guam-
Afternoons in solitude
watching the light change...

Swimming in the pool
a dragonfly says hello
and "Hafa Adai!"

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"Plumeria of Guam"

Aquarelle pencils
( collection of Mr. Kenji Tsuboi )

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"Guam Afternoon"

Watercolor, Black Ink

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"Tropical Fruit"

Watercolor, Black Ink

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"Sweet Sour Guam"

Watercolor, Black Ink

I bought this "sweet sour" fruit from the Chomorro Village Festival
held every Wednesday.

It looked so curiously odd, that I had to paint it,
and then, cut it open and taste it.

It tasted like banana, bitter lemon, and something indescribable;
as I've yet to discover it!

This fruit has a powerful "cleansing" effect.

If the strange taste doesn't
limit your intake,
this warning should!

I love visiting and rediscovering Guam,
every time I go.

I hope to visit again soon!

Till Next Time...

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10:00 AM

Saturday, July 09, 2011  

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Summer Discovery
"Unexpected find..."

Ink, Watercolor
Washi poster paper

It was so hot yesterday.

We all met at out usual place for our monthly
Etegami session.
As I stated earlier, the thermostats in public buildings
are set at 28c.

I was sweating bullets,
but when I get started on a painting,
I am focused.

I was imagining the beach,
walking along the edge of the surf...

I used a couple shells as inspiration...

I painted the bottom of my feet with ink
to get my "footprint"
on my sea foam-y beach scene...

I took a short break,
chugged a cup of Pocari,
(say that 3 X fast!)
and went back to work.

Getting cool starts in my imagination-

The public pools open in 1 week.

Till Next Time...

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8:42 AM

Tuesday, June 28, 2011  

I completed a Digital "commission."

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"Coco & Mimi"

You can see more of my Digital work,

For this kind of project,
I ask for a few photos,
and a few questions about the subject,
and the person commissioning me,
to make the finished work
have a personal touch...

My client was very happy with the results!

Here is my "End of June 2011" iPod update :

Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Main Title (Ed Wood) - Howard Shore
Marie - Django Reinhardt
Rain Dogs - Tom Waits
Friends - Led Zeppelin
Di Me - The Gipsy Kings
Above the Clouds - Amber
Llorando Se Fue (The Lambada) - Kaoma
On the Floor - Jennifer Lopez; feat. Pitbull
Absolutely Not (Hex Hector Remix) - Deborah Cox
Flat of the Blade - Massive Attack
First Light - Brian Eno, Harold Budd
Midnight Rider -The Allman Brothers
Jungleland - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band; feat. Clarence Clemons

Till Next Time...

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10:38 AM

Tuesday, May 31, 2011  

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Passing Storm

Dark, dramatic skies-
As I ride my bicycle,
they follow me home...

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My iPod update for "6- 2011" :

Habibi (Sawah) - Ishitar Alibar
Brazil - Django Reinhardt
Indio Gitano - Don Pullen; pf, James Genus; bs, Lewis Nash; drs
Memories of Green (Blade Runner) - Vangelis
Lilac Wine - Nina Simone
Here's That Rainy Day - Bill Evans
Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin
Desolate Mountains 1 - Jan Garbarek
Desolate Mountains 2 - Jan Garbarek
Desolate Mountains 3 - Jan Garbarek
Chan Chan - Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa, Ibrahim Ferrer,
Ry Cooder, and The Buena Vista Social Club
Piano Sonata in A major ('Alla Turca') K. 331-
1st mov. Theme, Andante grazioso / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -
Mitsuko Uchida

Till Next Time...

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8:34 AM

Monday, May 16, 2011  

Pamela MacCarthy, feat. Nao Suzuki, piano

"What'll I Do"(Irving Berlin)At my "10 Days In May" Cafe Miwa Opening Party

Pamela MacCarthy (vo, guitar) & Nao Suzuki (piano)

My opening party/live music show was a success!

Nao Suzuki played wonderfully;
a lovely compliment to my vocals...

The weather was perfect,
it was a magical night-

The show was sold out, the cafe was full.

Set list:

How About You?
Cheek to Cheek
What'll I Do
I Could Have Danced All Night
Look for The Silver Lining
Haru Yo Koi


Stage 2 :

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
On The Street Where You Live
Here's To Life
Let's Misbehave
Both Sides Now
Help Me Make It Through The Night

(I played my resonator guitar on this tune)
Rt. 66

Encore: All Of Me

I want to say thanks
to my loyal fans & friends, who came out.

Thanks to my son Michio,
who carried my guitar,
and recorded (and edited) this video...

I wore my Aunt Nina's heirloom crystals,
with a black velvet tunic,
thanks to my sister Wendy...

Together with a satin/velvet/silk/lace
black tiered gypsy skirt,
a gift from my mother.

Roses, their scent intoxicating,
compliments of a neighborhood garden...

My art show will continue till 5/20, Friday,
so stop by, if you're in the neighborhood!

Till Next Time...

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10:01 AM

Wednesday, May 11, 2011  

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Photo : Michio Yves Ueda

"Mother's Day Portrait"

Yesterday, the 10th of May,
Michio & me
took a cab in the rain
to set up my Art Exhibition
at Cafe Miwa.

After, we went to my favorite Indian restaurant, in Fuchu, to celebrate the show going up...

I have a few others to thank,
for my show happening.

My son Michio,
for not only carrying and helping me set up,
but this beautiful photo,
he took of me on Mother's Day for the poster,
and his bi-lingual help with the text...

Thanks also to my friend Iijima-san,
for her inspiration and translation abilities,
that helped get the ball rolling...

Thanks to my Ikebana group;
Iijima-san, Lorna, Valerie, Rebecca, Ahm Mar, Ponchan, & Shindo-san,
for their lovely flower arrangement
placed at my show...

Thanks to my English Conversation students, and Miki & Akie,
for their friendship and support...

And to my friend Hiroshi,
for his friendship and support.

Ms. Nao Suzuki, for her musical support...

To my family and friends from afar, who support me
with encouraging words;
my dear sister Wendy,
for her continued kindness...

Thanks to Akio Ueda,
for his support.

And Mr. Onodera,
at Cafe Miwa,
for his warmth and hospitality,
and thanks to all my fans who bought tickets
to my sold-out opening party...

And I thank God.

I feel very fortunate, today...

Till Next Time...

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8:20 AM

Friday, April 08, 2011  

Today was our Etegami session...

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Ink, Watercolor
on Paper

This idea was inspired by
the friends that have helped me
through the shake-y times we've been dealing with lately,
living in Tokyo...

One of my favorite jazz singers'
birthday was today :

"How I Wish / Ask Me Now"

Carmen Sings Monk

Carmen McRae
(April 8th, 1920 - November 10th, 1994)

Eric Gunnison - piano
George Mraz - bass
Clifford Jordan - tenor saxophone
Al Foster - drums

I was very fortunate to see/hear Carmen perform this song
at Carnegie Hall, NYC.

She was magnificent; a great inspiration-
She remains one of my favorite jazz vocalists...

Till Next Time...

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8:00 PM

Thursday, March 24, 2011  

I have been following instructions
as everyone else has been
in trying to deal with things post
earthquake/tsunami/nuclear emergency/aftershocks/radiation exposure, etc.,

here in Tokyo.

The most recent issue is Tokyo tap water.

I don't dread the water,
as much as I do the lack of information
that I can get my head around.

This story from the WSJ makes sense.

But I am still not completely reassured, somehow.

No one offers a timeline on
how long this water is "healthy" for...


I have been tuning in to NHKWorld in English;
its website and evening news,
for current updates to this situation.

Being local, the information is timely,
but the especially nerve-wracking, infuriatingly-inept
non-native English speakers must go.

When you are frazzled, and waiting for important information,
this is unnerving, to put it mildly.

There are 2 Japanese to English translating voices,
that have gotten on my last nerve:

One, who speaks feebly, while she mumbles incoherently,
and the other, who has difficulty with sentence structure...

How much self control it takes not to smash my TV or computer,
while listening to this bumbling incompetence,
for important news.

My message to NHK :

FIRE and REPLACE these incompetent dim bulbs
who pose as Japanese to English
translators/news announcers, immediately!

In a city where voice-over and translation
is a competitive business,
there can be no excuse for this lack of professionalism.

Rant over.

Ah, the daily morning vertical aftershock-

I think I'd rather listen to Pinetop...

Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins

July 7th, 1913 - March 21st, 2011

I met "Pinetop" one early December in Tokyo,
backstage at the now defunct Park Hyatt's Annual Blues Festival.

He was a very interesting man; very dapper,
with a wealth of stories to tell,
a sparkle in his eye, and a quiet, unassuming way...

Adieu, Mr. Perkins...

Till Next Time...

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10:19 AM

Monday, March 21, 2011  

Happy Birthday

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Michio is 25

Till Next Time...

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10:06 AM

Thursday, March 17, 2011  

It was so windy and cold yesterday.

I went out early, to get a few grocery items;
a couple boxes of tissues,
as Michio has hay fever,
and this item has been selling out,
and bread.

Bread, not yet.

Then, at noon,
my & the girls met at our local coffee shop,
for an in-depth cuppa,
as our usual meeting/Ikebana place in Fuchu
is closed till the beginning of the fiscal year in April.

We discussed everything;
each others personal stories,
the power outages, the supposed radiation, our speculations,
our fears, our collective information...

Many much needed chortles were taking place...

While laughing, another aftershock/tremor hit,
but it was soon past.

We stayed on until 4:30pm,
and then we all went together to the supermarket
to see what was "new".

Some instant noodles was being stocked,
so I grabbed some.

We bid out goodbyes,
with a vow to re-meet on Friday,
headquarters to be announced,
and we all went in different directions home,
by bicycle.

I stopped in 7-11, for the hell of it.
My last stop,
I bagged a freshly delivered loaf of bread!

Today, we have a scheduled power outage once again,
we'll see...

"May It Be"

Till Next Time...

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10:28 AM

Wednesday, March 16, 2011  

I just got back from the early trek to the supermarkets.
I am in good shape, so far,
but bread is tough to come by, for now.
No sooner it hits the shelves, and it's sold out!

If you think rice is the main staple in Japan,
I'd say bread was running a close second...

The American Embassy in Tokyo
concurs that we are not in danger, at present.
I keep checking regularly for reputable news updates...

Last night, another earthquake, not aftershock, hit;
a little nearer to us than the big one on Friday.
A magnitude 6.1, epicenter in Shizuoka Prefecture...

We are all contacting each other,
keeping the support going, while weathering this.

I'm going to meet with my girlfriends today,
for a cuppa and exchanging of info.

Everything's strange
Recalibrating balance;
Friends, coffee, and talk!

© 2011 Pamela MacCarthy

Till Next Time...

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10:37 AM

Tuesday, March 15, 2011  

" 'Mela " dramas, continue...

Yesterday, Michio and I
took the bike ride to the supermarket.

I was dreading it, to be honest.
The last time I shopped was Saturday,
and I stocked up for a couple of days, then.

But that was before the planned power outage messages
broadcast in the streets, and on local TV.
I didn't know what to expect.

Luckily, Michio's university canceled classes for 2 days,
so far, so he was able to help out at home...

We got to the market, and a long line was waiting.

People on it were orderly, calm, and low-key,
except this one old dude who must have Tourette's syndrome,
or something,
as he kept uttering a loud "bakayaro!"
at no one in particular...

People in line paid him no mind,
and it gave this surreal situation a quirky human quality...

2 women stood on the sidelines,
and in between their utterances of "sugoi",
they took turns taking photos of all of us standing in the long line.
Rather than lose my place in line to go smash their cellphones,
I let it be.
More trouble, I don't need.
But I felt it annoyingly in bad taste.

There was a man standing at the entrance informing people
that bread and CUP NOODLES was sold out.

Once we got inside, there was produce,
some meats, and most other items were still on the shelves,
and we stocked up for a few days.

The long lines were due to crowd control,
so that the shopping experience was not a mob scene of panic,
but calm, where you could have a list, pick up your items,
and split.

I was very relieved of that,
and would like to commend the supermarket employees
for their consideration of peoples' frazzled nerves...

I have water stored, for a precaution.

Power outages that were supposed to happen yesterday,
and early this morning, did not.

But an aftershock woke me up at 5am.

It's day to day, for the time being.

But about now, 2 weeks on a beach that doesn't move,
would'nt suck!

Till Next Time...

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10:00 AM

Sunday, March 13, 2011  

The INJ Tokyo St. Patrick's Parade
has been postponed to next week, March 20th.

I am relieved to know that everyone I know here is OK,
but the devastation elsewhere...

My Aunt Toni,
who arrived here late afternoon on 3/10,
with her son & his fiance, is fine.

What a souvenir, they will take home!

Now, the next thing is
radiation is in the air.

Should I go out,
should I stay in?

So far, there has been a fair degree of normalcy;
I've been able to shop in the supermarket,
the phones & email working,The Internet, etc...
The trains are running slow;
no express, only local, which means slow going.

Cedar-pollen hay fever masks have been prevalent,
for some time now,
this is street "normal"-

But the prospect of wearing
a wet face mask, and covering up exposed skin
to go out today, for radiation protection
is quickly losing its "tee hee" factor.

I'm trying to keep perspective
and mindful of how lucky we are to have survived
when so many others have not...

Till Next Time...

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8:03 AM

Friday, March 11, 2011  

My concert for tonight has been cancelled due to the earthquake
this afternoon...

I was riding my bike to my station, to get to my gig for an early rehearsal.
About 2:40pm,
the ground started weaving, then shaking violently.
I got off my bike and just stood in the street,
watching the swaying electric wires, as they clanged back and forth.

I felt a little scared, standing there.

Soon after, I was able to contact my son, at his school;
he is fine, but unable to commute home.

Then, my mobile phone service went out.
Trains were stopped, so no way to leave,
or return, or contact anyone!

I am greatly disappointed to cancel my show,
but thankful to God
we survived.

I'll reschedule,
my gig,

Till Next Time...

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7:34 PM

Thursday, March 10, 2011  

Pamela MacCarthy's
Live Schedule

Tomorrow, Friday, March 11th 2011,
I will celebrate my
"20th Year of Live Jazz in Tokyo"
with a special performance at
Jazz Spot "J",
in Shinjuku.

I am very happy to be performing with this
special group of some of my favorite musicians;
that I have known and worked with
during the past 20 years, here in Tokyo,
for this event!

The Line Up:

Pamela MacCarthy - vocals

Aoki, Hiromu - piano

Chris Silverstein - bass

James Mahone - tenor sax

Jimmie Smith - drums

Showtimes: 7:15, 8:45, 10:15pm
Music Charge : ¥2500
Jazz Spot "J"
B1 5-1-1 Royal Mansion, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
03 3354-0335
Call for reservations...

Till Next Time...

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7:23 AM

Wednesday, February 09, 2011  

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A large, overstuffed, winged-back
deep-purple velvet chair,
awaits me.

Nearby, a cobblestone fireplace.

A small oak table
sits next to this chair,
covered by a white linen cloth.

On it sits a crystal vase of the most fragrant
fresh cut parrot tulips-
The red and yellow petals are as vibrant
as the flames in the fireplace...

It is early evening.

My tasks completed...

I dream,
while staring into the flames...

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Till Next Time...

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10:47 AM

Friday, January 21, 2011  

Etegami was today...

I so enjoy painting flowers,
and today was particularly inspiring,
with the deep reds of this tulip...

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Watercolor and Black ink
Washi Postcard

Till Next Time...

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