W9 – Tough guys don’t dance






後半戦、そろそろ曲を作り始めないといけないな – というところ。

It’s been a week since my friend came to Berlin from London. We’ve visited some places new here: a Curry Wurst shop, kebab place, bars, and so on. Since his friend was also in Berlin for his business trip, we went some of those places having dinner and drink together. One of my favourite coffee shop here is having an evening event at the end of the month, and we’re playing music at the event. I’m excited in my very first performance in Berlin.


Podcast this week

I uploaded 2 episodes this week as below.


Hiromitsu 1/2 (in Japanese) – Traveller


大学卒業後、Curiosityを追って5年間世界中を旅し続けたHiromitsuくん。二年半住んだインドのダラムシャラでは東洋哲学やヨーガ、サンスクリット語の勉強をしてきました。今回旅の終わりの直前に寄ってくれたBerlinで、Hiromitsuくんの旅の中の世界 – 主に仏教について話してくれました。

内容: (0:34) 今回の旅 (4:04) インドでの生活 (17:28) 日本での仏教 (29:29) ベルリンでの生活 (33:09) 詩: 孤独な鳥の五つの条件 / William Blake

Hiromitsu is a traveller, he’s been travelling all over the world to follow his curiosity for more than 5 years since his graduation from college. He also lived in Dharamshala studying yoga, Sanskrit, and eastern philosophy for 2 years and a half. In the conversation, he’s talking about what he’s seen through the travels – especially one of his irreplaceable interests: Buddhism.

Contents: (0:34) The travels (4:04) His life in India (17:28) Buddhism in Japan today (29:29) His life in Berlin(33:09) Poetry: The conditions of a solitary bird / Auguries innocence

Hiromitsu 2/2 (in Japanese) – Traveller



(0:18)「演奏家がその人の経験や技術をもって自由を謳歌している」と感じたPharoah Sandersの楽曲。(8:54)自分の故郷: 三島の民謡は演奏と解説を交えて。(24:04)最後は人間だけでなく、自然も音楽を奏でてているんだと感じた海の音についてです。
Hiromitsu, the traveller, has always had the guitar with him all the way of his trip. His choice of 3 tubes are varied from a live session of Pharaoh Sanders, which he thought the notes of freedom, a folk song from his village, he sang the song with the guitar, to sound of the sea that he found not only people make music but the nature as well.
Hiromitsu’s unforgotten tunes
  1. Pharaoh Sanders / You’ve got to have freedom 
  2. Noe-bushi (a folk song of Mishina)
  3. Sound of the nature


Japanglish this week
Take care of yourself.

W8 – Enjoy yourself

Since my friend left my place, I’ve been living my own in a room. That sounds natural, but come to think of it, I’ve always been living with my friends for the last 2 months, and I found it very refreshing.

I went to a yoga studio before dawn to clean for my friend who is visiting Japan, went to a city center to register my address at dusk. I hardly talked to anyone neither listened to music, it was so cold that I could see my breath.

At home, I polish up my Macbook throughly which I’ve owned for the last 5 years, and read book in bed at night. The time I spend alone makes me the way I am after all.

The other of my friend is coming from London today, and so next time I have an alone time is in 2 weeks. It will’ve been December by then.






Podcast this week

Thomas (in English) – Photographer


Listen on iTunes, Spotify, or WEB

Thomas is a freelance photographer in Berlin. While he used to work more on commercial projects, his focus is now on people as well as his artistic projects.

His latest project “HUNDERT” showed how people’s faces differ in ages by taking photos of 100 people in different ages at the same angle. And now, he’s working on a new project “ZEN GARDEN”, a compilation of the beauty of Japanese gardens which he started 4 years ago when he went to Japan for the first time.

Although he’s a photographer with almost 30 years of experience, he’s still passionated about taking photos today. To see his work, please find a link to his website below.

Contents: (8:56) Regarding his latest project “HUNDERT” / (16:14) Regarding his new project “ZEN GARDEN” / (35:53) Regarding his musical experiences


現在彼が進行しているプロジェクト「ZEN GARDEN」は彼が初めて日本に行った4年前から始まります。


内容: (8:56) 最新作 “HUNDERT” について / (16:14) 現在進行中の作品 “ZEN GARDEN” について / (35:53) 音楽について

Thomas’s website: http://www.kierok.de

Thomas’s unforgotten tunes
The Beatles – Let it be
Chilly Gonzales – Dot
Avi Avital – Bach
Herbert Grönemeyer – Bochum

My tune this week

Japanglish this week

Keep yourself warm

W7 – 達者で – take care of yourself






My friend stayed at my room for a whole week, who I just met at a pub a week ago. He is a Japanese, having travelled on and off for 5 years. He also lived in India for 2 yeas and a half studying Buddhism, Eastern philosophy, and Sanskrit.

He’s been studying hard, not for skills, career, or trend but he’s just followed his curiosity. It was inspiring, I was amazed by how sincere an adult person could be to just follow their curiosity.

We were surrounded by nice music, reading Nausicaa, kept talking until midnight, shared his cigarette. And an early morning, his departure –  he said his farewell, even the word was from Buddhism.


His website: なはそなり nawasonari



Stay the way you are, then you will inspire many others around you.

Podcast this week
「(Steve Albini)はインディペンデントなミュージシャンが兼業でもなんでも活動を続けるということに対して勇気を与えてくれた」
日本では長くベーシスト として活動していたTakeshiさん、ベルリンでアーティストとして活動する奥さんのAiさんと一緒に遊びに来てくれました。
Takeshi and Ai are a couple moved to Berlin from Japan 2 years ago. Takeshi lived in Tokyo as a bassist for a long time before they came to Berlin, he talked about his influences from Steve Albini, Brian Blade, and Janka Nabay as well as his musical experiences with CDs at his young age.
Takehi’s unforgotten tunes
Nina Nastasia – Roadkill (Recorded by Steve Albini)

Brian Blade and the fellowship band

Janka Nabay – Sanata Monica

My tune this week

I think I’ve become more into music.

Japanglish this week

Have a lovely week / See you in a week.

W6 – Thanks to the tiny room

Podcast: Btte – bring the tune everywhere

Guest: Jack (Music producer)

I’ve come back to podcast with a new concept after a short hiatus. I will have a talk to a guest every weekend in Japanese and English one after the other. The guests will share their “unforgotten tunes” and their stories behind the music.

My first guest is Jack – he is an executive producer at Sony Classical International in Berlin. He loves classical music since he was a child. He wanted to be involved in a music industry in some way but not as a performer, so he studied Musicology in Edinburgh, and now he works as a producer with musicians he loves. In the conversation, he shared his love towards his job, music, and the city.

The links to his unforgotten tunes are following. If you enjoy it, please leave a review and comment on the podcast page.


Jack’s unforgotten tunes

Hughe Ashton’s Ground

Radiohead – Exit Music

Teodor Currentzis – Teodor Currentzis records Don Giovanni

My life in Berlin – W6

As I’d heard before, finding a room in Berlin was desperate. I sent 10 – 20 emails every day but had hardly replied and never got any viewing. Luckily, I had a friend who was looking for a tenant so I ended up moving to her place.

I finally managed to leave the tiny room at the monk’s. It was just a month but I felt as if it was a half year or so. I suddenly felt so drowsy after I moved to the new place. I crawled into bed and I slept lik a log.

I already miss the time with the monk and his family, his kids, but it’s the time to take next action with the experience I had there and the ideas I learned from them.





My tune this week

I heard the musical instrument “Daxophone” from my friend. The instrument was invested by a musician Hans Reichel. Apparently, he’s passed away but a Japanese musician Kazuhisa Uchihashi who was playing with Reichel introduces the instrument today. The sound is very unique – I felt as if I got lost in the forest and found animals having a party.

Musicianの友人にDaxophone(ダクソフォン)という新しい楽器を開発したHans Reichelという方の話を聞かせてもらいました。
演奏の音は森の中に迷い込んで動物達が談笑しているのを見つけてしまったような – 人間の知らない愉快な世界を覗き見たような光景が広がっています。

Japanglish this week

Keep warm yourself, and have a lovely week.