Nagai The Busker

Nagai The Busker

a forlorn tune resonates the chilly winter air
it’s been a quiet night, a buskers plight
Nagai croons and strums with unassuming flair
an aural delight, deserving a beam of limelight

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Roaming the Nakasu area to check out the famed Fukuoka Yatai food stalls and some night photography, I was also rewarded with the pleasure of coming across this busker at the bridge on Kokutai Road. I stopped to listen for a while, took a few photos, gave him a tip, and walked on. He was pretty good, in my opinion, but there weren’t many who stopped to listen that night, which I thought was rather unfortunate for him.

Photo: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 23mm

Moshimo

Moshimo Performing At Fukuoka Hakata Christmas Market 2016 On Christmas Day

We had such a great time visiting parts of Kyushu, Japan end 2015 that we decided to revisit again in 2016. This time round, we planned it such that we stayed for Christmas in Fukuoka to enjoy what it has to offer over Christmas before heading home. Fukuoka is a nice city, I like it, it feels more spacious, with a more relaxed pace compared to the mega cities like Tokyo and Osaka. I highly recommend to visit for a couple of days at least, for its good food, a bit of sight seeing and shopping!

On Christmas day, after a full day of shopping (my only shopping was visiting the Yodobashi Camera outlet to get some accessories, i don’t shop much, rest of the time was accompanying the womenfolk on their shopping) and dinner, we walked over to Hakata Station to check out the Christmas Market and enjoy some live music. A local band performing that night was Moshimo. I quite enjoyed their songs and performance, though I do not understand the lyrics. With their brand of catchy and energetic sound, Iwabuchi’s sweet cute voice and charming delivery, Moshimo certainly makes for an entertaining and evocative listening experience. A brief introduction of Moshimo (info obtained from their website) and a selection of photos I took of them follows … hope you enjoy.

Moshi Moshi

Formed in April 2015, Moshimo is a a new generation J-pop guitar band popular among the younger generation mainly in junior high and high school (student rock bands) with songs that explore the realm of intricate feminine emotions such as innocence, love,  melancholy, and irony.

Vocals & Guitar:     Saki Iwabuchi
Bass:                          Kimi Miyahara
Guitar:                       Ichinose Takayuki
Drums:                      Honda Eihei

Saki Iwabuchi

Kimi Miyahara

Working The Moshimo Sound

Ichinose Takayuki On Guitar

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Kimi Feeling The Bass

Melancholic

Lighthearted Moment

Hair Tossing Finale

More on Moshimo at http://band-moshimo.net/ http://lineblog.me/moshimo/

All photos: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 55-200mm

 

Rain Rain Go Away

Rain, Rain Go Away, Come Again Another Day, We Need Some Custom To Close The Day

The food truck concept is certainly getting popular in KL and are now a common sight at events. Serving popular local and ‘western’ (pasta, pizza, burgers, hotdogs, etc.) food, they are in my opinion, certainly a more organised, equipped and hygienic way of preparing and serving food, not to mention the mobility which allows them to easily move from one spot to another, to where the business is.

These two boys (brothers) were helping their dad to run his Nestle ice cream business at LAMPU 2015 (I have an earlier post on it here), who has walked away for a while. But alas, it was drizzling heavily and wet through the night, with hardly any customer dropping by for an ice-cream while I was there. Both looked rather bored and resigned to the fact they will be facing slow business that night. I could imagine they were wishing for… ‘rain, rain go away, come again another day, we need some custom to close the day’. Seeing that I was struggling to wipe my camera/lens dry with the little amount of soaked tissue I had with me, one of them was so kind to offer me some serviettes to do a better job – nice boy, I thanked him with gratitude. We exchanged greetings, had a friendly chat, wish them well, and I was on my way.

I am always pleased to see kids helping out with the family business, to gain some customer facing/handling and business/sales skill, experience the challenges of work and earning a living, which I think is useful and serve them well later in life.

Photo: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 23mm