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December 31, 2005

Air Guitarists rock on!

Last night T’s band Tetsukabuto (‘Iron Helmet’) played a concert. Before they went on stage, they had an air guitar contest — the prize being a real electric guitar! A backing band made up of members of various Okinawan metal bands, fronted by my friend Teru, and dressed in biking leathers in a simultaneous tribute to “Birmingham, UK’s Judas Priest!” and the popular Japanese TV celebrity, Hard Gay (who specialises in performing stunts and interviews while dressed as a leather-clad, Village-People—style 1970s gay stereotype). Members of the audience had to jump around on stage and play their imaginary guitars as extravagantly as possible while Teru screamed out a Judas Priest cover and Masa — Tetsukabuto’s front man — watched with a clipboard, giving the participants marks for ‘moves’, ‘attitude’, ‘rockingness’ and so on. Here are some snapshots. The winner, if you’re interested, was the young man who may be seen second from the bottom on the left, and second from the top on the right.

On which note, I must now pack my bags because tomorrow morning I am going back to the island for New Year. My pre-predecessor, who I haven’t met yet, is coming too (it’s been nearly six years since he left now), so it should be interesting.

Have a good New Year, wherever you are. Let’s hope something good happens in 2006. 良いお年を!

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4 comments:

  1. Posted by mayee — January 8, 2006 at 12:25 pm

    happy new year Nick!

  2. Posted by lva — January 8, 2006 at 3:27 pm

    Happy New Year May!
    Hopefully see you some time later in 2006!

  3. Posted by mayee — January 12, 2006 at 2:31 am

    i hope so too… hope i will get what i want to do done in time!!!

    that’s a huge manta-ray up there!

  4. Posted by lva — January 13, 2006 at 7:47 pm

    Good luck with it all!

    Yeah, mantas are so much bigger than you’d (or at least I’d) expect! I am very hard pushed to think of a more beautiful animal, though…

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