Author: Aidan Koch (page 1 of 8)

Song of the Week 32 – “Dammit”

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Visiting Home After Making Your Own

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.

Bilbo Baggins

But what do you do when you go out your door to return home?

You have been There and Back again, but where is “There?” Adventure drew you away from your original home to a new one, and in “coming Back” you are now “going There.” In a sense you have become a tourist in your own town, a guest in your own home.

This was the strange affection I sensed as I returned home for the first time in 9 months.

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Song of the Week 31 – “Blue Train”

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Jalen Cox – Ambassador & Interpreter Extraordinaire

Even though you may not expect it when first looking at him, Jalen Cox is prolific in Japanese. He recently began working in Maebashi as a translator and interpreter, and already he has helped connect the city with the rest of the world.

This week I joined Jalen to hear all about this work, and I found he had a lot to say about it. If you don’t speak Japanese, fret not. Jalen will be able to translate.

Come meet this week’s Gaijin, Ambassador Cox.

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Song of the Week 30 – “Satori Pt. II”

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Metal Music and Samurai Steel – How Metal appeals to Japanese audiences

Metal Concerts are electrifying regardless of where you find them. The crowd unites in an ecstatic throng of energy and movement, guided by the steady hand of the band.

All people are brought together in the cacophonous celebration, breaking down the boundaries between them all, if only for an hour.

Japanese metal is no different, and it is the focus of this week’s post. So don your studded leather jackets and enter the mosh pit.

It’s time to find Metal in Japan.

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Song of the Week 29 – “Symphony No. 4”

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Khanh Nguyen – Music and Adventure & How they keep life interesting

For Khanh Nguyen, music and adventure are the two greatest pleasures in life. In the week, he teaches music to elementary students, and on the weekends he is traveling. He has not spent a weekend at home in months.

I sat down with him to pick his brain about these two passions, and he has a lot of knowledge about them. Tune your instruments, and pack your bags.

It’s time for a musical adventure with Mr. Nguyen.

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