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Friendship! 1/20/09

January 27, 2009

I attended Los Angeles Philharmonic’s party last Sunday. It was for musicians and supporters. So after some chat with friends my husband and I sat down at the table with several people. It was completely random! We started to introduce ourselves and to chat over a wonderful food! The nice couple sitting next to me was the board member of the Occidental College where I teach piano!! What a coincident! So I made new friends!!

San Francisco Symphoty is in town for their tour now, and my husband and I went to hear their concert and to see our old friend, Tom, last night! We had a great time! He plays viola and we lived in Houston, TX, at the same time. We chatted over several drinks. We left from the bar almost 1am!!

Sumo! 1/15/09

January 15, 2009

Hi!

I am a BIG sumo fan, and January is one of 6 tournaments in a year. Each Sumo tournament lasts 15 days so today is the 6th day in this January Basho (tournament). Each match can be very short, like few seconds, but it has a DRAMA!! I know most of Rikishis (wrestlers), faces and characters! I try to comment and analyze for each match! I have been following Sumos for many years, and now we can watch them on Japan TV outside of Japan!! Isn’t that great!! I put my big energy to watch through the matches everyday for 15 days.

Windy Days in LA 1/14/09

January 14, 2009

We are having a very dry and windy weather because we are having desert strong winds called “Santa Ana”. It gets below 10% humidity in some days with “Santa Ana”, then we get the warning of wild fire. Usually it gets hot as well so we are in 80s in January!

I rehearsed with my friend cellist, Ben, this morning. He is preparing for his concert in Texas. We played Mendelssohn variations, Bach Gamba Sonata #2, and Brahms F major Sonata. He is a fantastic player, and we had a great time playing together. We will continue on Saturday.

It is a Mendelssohn’s celebration year so I am playing some of his great music including Sonatas for cello and piano. He was an excellent pianist so his chamber music contains flushy piano part! Last night our music friends were chatting in our kitchen and I confessed that I am going to play Mendelssohn’s 2 cello sonatas on one concert for 3 occasions. One of them warned me getting hands injury. I said ” no problem!” We will see–!

Have a nice day!

Junko

1st letter from LA 1/12/09

January 12, 2009

Hi!

Happy New Year! I hope your 2009 is going wonderfully.

We had a cold weather from Christmas to New Year, but it has been a Blue sky with 70-80 degrees. It is beautiful to feel the outside air and sun!

I have many exciting concerts opportunities in LA this spring-summer. Please check my concert schedule. I love to play my solo recitals as well as chamber music with great musicians. I am lucky to have these performances! To be able to manage all kinds of concerts my days are planned with practice. My late cat, Justin, was always sitting with me on the piano bench when I practiced. He went to Neko (cat) Heaven last spring. Now I have his brother, Jester (Japanese Name-Gonta, Nick Name-Gonchan) , who does not care about my music life much. He loves to play with me! So I excuse myself from practice to play with him. He is a very good cat!

One of my hobbies is to watch Sumo on Japan TV. Sumo Tournaments are held 6 times a year in odd months. It is time to watch their 2nd day in this January basho(tournament).

I will write to you soon!

Warm regards, Junko