Tuesday, August 29, 2006

I went to a piano concert.I heard a lot of wonderful piano music!A man in the picture is Ryoma Takagi.He is a great pianist.In this concert he played Chopin"Ballade"No.1Op.23,"Revolutionary"Op.10,and Liszt"Tarantella"(Venezia e Napoli,S.162-no.3)Chopin"Ballade"No.1 is one of the most favorite piano music!I was impressed.

Ryoma Takagi was born at Chiba City in Japan at 13, November 1992. He got first elementary education of absolute pitch and the others musical training from his mother from when he was 2 years old, and he was started to study piano performing at 5 years old. On account of that he was excellence in the music classroom which his parents manages, he was taking lesson in real earnest from Professor Elena Ashkenazy of the former teacher of his mother from 7 years old to up to the present. The first prize winner in 2000 at "Chiba Music Competition" under 7 years category, and in 2001 at "Japan TCHAIKOVSKY Competition" under 11 years category. The second place in 2002 at "A.D.ARTOBOLEVSKAYA Open Moscow for the young pianists" under 10 years category.
In August 2003, he participated in "Summer Music Festival at Burg Feistritz" in Austria. Schumann "Abegg-Variation" which was played here got the highest praise from Professor Ilya Grubert who is violin performing artist and professor at the Amsterdam Conservatory and first prize winner of the PAGANINI and the TCHAIKOVSKY Competitions (1978). In November 2003 he got first prize winner at "G. NEUHAUS Festival of Young Pianists in Moscow" junior category (under 12 years). In this time he was invited concert by Professor Albert Tarakanov and Professor Valery Voskoboynikov who were the jury of this Competition.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Yesterday I went to Azabu-juban Festival(麻布十番祭り) with my friends. Azabu-juban Festival is one of the most famous festival in Japan. Thousands of people crowded the festival☆There were a lot of stalls. For example Banana Chocolate,Yakisoba,Butter Potatos,burned squid・・・

In the second picture,we were eating a shaved ice with green tea syrup and adzuki.It's so nice!In summer nothing is better than a shaved ice :-)

We wore Yukata!Yukata is Japanese traditional clothes. Mainly people wear Yukata in summer.Yukata is more casual than Kimono.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

August 14

I had a tight schedule as usual. In the morning I take writing lab and practice description in English. In the afternoon taking about two hours we visited Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. The Fair includes farm and carnival. Pig and duck race is impressive for me. Child pigs are cute:)

And then I went to Karaoke again. Maybe sitting up late is not good for my health. But I’m rarely tired because it was fun.

Monday, August 14, 2006

August 12

Annapolis is very beautiful town! The town is located near the sea and has a lot of lovely house. I wish I lived there in the future… But I heard land price of Annapolis is very expensive. It’s too bad(;_;)

August 13

We visited George Washington’s Mount Vernon by Water cruise. The place has a lot of nature. A splendid view unfolded before my eye.
When I returned Alexandria I bought two books. Both are Japanese books translated in English. I will try to compare English and Japanese:)

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Friday, August 11, 2006

August 10

Fascination of college in America is a lot of diversity. In Japan I hardly feel diversity of race. Sometimes it may be difficult to understand the difference of race. But I guess the difference is interesting and we learn many things from it.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

August 9

Everyday I take part in optional tour. Since I’ve come to America I’m more active. Or I may be only a greedy person.(^_^;)Anyway I spend enjoyable days.

I think Chinatowns are all over the world. I wonder population of China is very large.

At night I had precious time for singing songs. Everybody is good at singing!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

August 8

We discussed about family after lunch. Comparing American and Japanese is interesting. It’s one of the most different that people think about marriage and divorce.

Before I went shopping at Pentagon City I’m exciting. So I like shopping. I could buy many souvenirs because The Fashion Center is large. I had a good time!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

August 7

I visited the Washington Post. I think People at the Washington Post work very hard because I see a stack of materials on the desk. But working as a writer is interesting.

In the evening we were going to see the movie about All the President’s men. However our tiredness built up and we could not see.

Monday, August 07, 2006

August 5

I went to monuments and Lincoln memorial.The day was very sunny as usual.I was a lot tired but I got my second wing!I went to American history museum.The place is interesting.I learned about history of immigrant.

August 6

The day was busy,too.Both National Museum of the American Indian and Natinal Air and Space Museum are very interesting place.It is the most enjoyable thing that we can eat delicious spaghetti at George town!

Friday, August 04, 2006

trip to Maryland

Now I come to Maryland and practice speaking English. Maryland is hotter than Tokyo. I am a little tired and sleepy because of jet lag.