Blog and Book Reviews

A Movie “The Humbling” 1/28/15

January 28, 2015

I am a big fan of both Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig! The movie starts strongly! Pacino (Simon Axler, an aging actor) is preparing a Shakespeare Theatre, and is going through the delusional moments. He struggles. He is afraid he is loosing. And Pegeen (Greta Gerwig), a young profession and lesbian,  suddenly comes to his life. Her parents are old friends of Simon, and are also actors. Pacino’s acting is so convincing and strong. They establish romantic relationship, and Simon starts to feel the confidence. It is a tragic, but huge comedy. I loved the screenplay. Great acting, great imagination, and beautiful scenes! I am so glad I saw this movie.



色彩を持たない多崎つくると、彼の巡礼の年  村上春樹  文芸春秋社  1/28/15

January 28, 2015


A Documentary Film “Bloody Daughter” 1/26/15

January 26, 2015

Do you like Martha Argerich’s piano? Are you a fan of her passion and expression? This documentary film was done by her 3rd daughter, Stephanie Argerich. Martha has 3 daughters with 3 husbands, Lyda Chen and Annie Dutoit, and Stephanie Argerich. In this film we can see Martha Argerich’s private and daily life, from Poland, where she chairs the judges of the International Chopin competition, to Japan, where she has her own festival, and Belgium, where Martha and Stephanie lived together for several years, Switzerland, where Martha and Stephanie are currently living, Argentina, where she was born.. It goes through many countries. It is very interesting to see her right before she goes to stage! The film is filled with intimate conversations. If you play piano you should see this document!

Piano Recital “Romance and Dance” on Sunday January 25th

January 18, 2015


Happy New Year!

I am preparing to play a very fun recital on Sunday January 25th at 7pm at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in North Hollywood (6020 Radford Avenue, North Hollywood, CA 91606 phone 818 761 6124). The first half is from my ongoing project related to Clara Schumann, and in the second half I will play all South American music, including Villa-Lobos, Nazareth, and Piazzolla. My piano action was at the shop for 2 weeks during the Christmas (I live close to my school so I went there to practice!), and he is a new person! I never expected the piano can improve this much! Thanks to my piano technician, Isaac! It is so fun to practice :)

I hope to see you at the recital next Sunday!


Rondo capriccioso Op. 14                                            Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1947)

Scherzo Op. 14                                                               Clara Schumann (1819-1896)

1st movement from Fantasie C-dur Op. 17              Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2                                            Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Ballade No. 1                                                                  Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)


Nazareth: Odeon, Eponina, and Fonfon

Villa-Lobos: Introducao and Coral from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4

Villa-Lobos: Caboclinha (The Clay Doll) and Moreninha (The Paper Doll) from Prole do Bebe

Piazzolla: Adios Nonino, Tango Rhapsody

A Movie “Mr. Turner” 1/18/15

January 18, 2015

I always like the paintings of Turner, and it was so interesting to see this movie to learn about the famous painter! First of all the film is so beautiful as if the whole movie is like Turner’s paintings. Also the music is great too. I was so happy to see the individual names of the musicians who played in this movie. I am often very disappointed when the movie credit does not include musicians. That is almost an insult to the musicians.. Mr. Turner is very eccentric and sensitive, and shy to express himself in the world outside of paintings. He lives in his imagination. He seeks love, but he often does not know how to address. I read about him after the movie, and the movie is really based on the true life of Turner (with some fictional moments). If I can make a little criticism I think there were so many hours of films and the director could not decide how much to cut. That is why some of the scenes are not connected to the next because some of the scenes did not have a conclusion, and abruptly went to the next scene. If you like his paintings you must see this movie!

熱い初場所! 1/18/15

January 18, 2015


PRIDE 池袋ウエストゲートパーク 石田衣良 1/17/15

January 18, 2015


聖女救済 東野圭吾 文芸春秋 1/17/15

January 18, 2015


楽園 上・下 宮部みゆき 文芸春秋 1/17/15

January 18, 2015



灰色のピーターパン・池袋ゲートパークVI 石田衣良  文芸春秋 1/4/15

January 4, 2015