Monday, December 12, 2011

Happy Birthday Grandma!

Today December 12, 2012 is my grandmother (Catherine Apina) birthday!
I feel so bad cause I don' t work and can't get her anything. I think I'm gonna make her something. Still I feel that I should give her more after all she has done for me. She raised me from 7 days old and she spends every last penny on me...
I'm truly grateful for having someone like that in my life. I know that no one could ever take her place and I love her with all my heart. She comes to all of my performances and she has to listen to my practices over and over again. There was a time when I didn't know what to do with myself and she helped me through it. We've been through thick and thin and no matter what I will always love her. Happy Birthday granny!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Kzoo Karaoke Taikai Grand Champion

This year's Kzoo Karaoke Taikai Grand Champion. Oh my gosh I won I am so Happy I will be leaving for Japan in May of 2012 I will be staying there for about 3 days and be entered in the Grand Prix. All my hard work finally paid off! I was so happy when they called my name to win! I am so happy and so proud of all of the contestants we all did great. I hope that I have the same luck I had here, in Japan. Im not quite sure yet on the Hotel I will be staying in, but I will announce once I found out. Im just so happy! Thank you to the Kzoo Crew and everyone in charge of the Karaoke Taikai. Thank you to Amy Katsumoto for helping me get into this business, Thank you to Craig Shimizu my Voice Sensei for making me practice everyday. Thank you to my little brother for supporting me, and most of all thank you to my grandmother for always believing in me and pushing me to follow my dreams. Thank you so much!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Aliyah my Cousin from Palau

Pacific Palisades Rissho Kosei-Kai

The Banner out front
Kinako and Shoyu Mochi
Aunty Sharon and Grandma ~
Oh this is the first time I've ever went up a Mountain to go to a Bon Dance. Aunty Sharon Ansai A.K.A. Auntycamera on youtube took Grandma, and her two friends up there. I mean I've been over there for hiking before but never for a Bon Dance. Well when we arrived I was so shocked to see that the actual dance area was so cute and tiny. I actually like it when the bon dance areas are small and not that much people go because its more fun I can't explain why but Its' more of a home feel to it. Well at the begging they had there normal services and then they had a moment of silence for, from what I heard from others' is that it was for Setsuko Furuya the Bon Dance teacher who was killed in Waikiki earlier this year by a Oli Oli Trolley.
The leaders were the group Suzu no Kai. The dances' were so cute and basic so like Tokyo Ondo, and Tanko Bushi kinda songs'. Even the Fukushima Ondo wasn't played on Taiko it was played on a Snare Drum and a Bass Drum. 
So like it was so fun. They had food games, regular Bon Dance, and Eisa.
Oh the food there was so good I had Garlic fries and like because of my Acid Reflux its kinda bad for me, but who cares I ate it anyways.hehe 
The Mochi there was so good they had freshly pounded Mochi, with Kinako and Shoyu mochi it was so cute.
There was this little girl there and she was so cute she kept following us when we were dancing. Her name was Emi and towards the end we were all dancing the slow version then of Fukushima Ondo all together .
So I hope that her parents are reading this, I ran to them after the Bon dance to give i believe her mother my URL for this site. 
Oh I forgot about the rain. My god the rain was terrible but they kept playing the music so when the song Pokemon Ondo came on i was the only one who was dancing and then others started I felt so happy! hehehe the rain was okay it didn't matter cause the feelings there were so happy. This is the first time when I heard at a Bon dance where they have lucky number so at the very end we won a George Formon Crock pot hehe really cool. This is now one of my favorite Bon Dances so far this year!
In the bottom picture you can see the empty seats there. Hehehe thats how tiny it was there!
My twitter!/TevitaApina

Monday, July 11, 2011

Grandma Loves Korean Dramas'

At the front front enterance when you first walk into the tent with the  Korean  Drama tent

Traditional Korean Clothes in the tent

Hahaha my gradma has a crush on him! lol :)

This is the movie poster for Yi San and Damo  grandma's favorite drama

Haha more with Yi san and Damo

Haha who is this?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Makiki Contemporary Museum

"The Contemporary Museum's gardens, part of a five-acre complex, were created between 1928 and 1941 by Reverend K. H. Inagaki, a Honolulu minister with a special interest in landscape design. In transforming the hillside into sloping lawns and a secluded garden ravine namedNu'umealani, or Heavenly Terraces, Reverend Inagaki intended to create a retreat in which to meditate and experience the harmony of nature.
In 1979-80 the gardens were revamped and restored under the supervision of Honolulu landscape architect James C. Hubbard. Hawaii garden designer Leland Miyano recently has assisted in revising the selection of foliage. With the additional placement of select pieces of sculpture from the permanent collection, the gardens provide both a natural setting for works of art and a quiet place for contemplation and renewal."
- makiki contemporary museum website

Monday, January 17, 2011

石川恵司 江差追分 先生

Esashi oiwake music(江差追分) is a kind of folk music from the Japanese island of Hokkaidō. It started in the town of Esashi in Hiyama Subprefecture.
Oiwake was originally a horseman's song (Mago-uta) from Oiwake village from Nagano Prefecture but spread throughout Japan during the Edo period. Once in Esashi, the melody was modified and also enlarged by adding starting and ending sections.
The song's lyrics changed, describing nature, customs and fishing in Esashi instead of a horseman's life in the mountains. The Japanese Shakuhachi flute accompanies the singing which has a free rhythm rather than a mechanical, fitted rhythm.
One version of the way that the term Esahi Oiwake was coined is from the town's efforts to reinvent itself as a tourism destination at the end of the 19th century after local fisheries failed. The town advertised itself using a popular oiwake song called Min'yo which became known as Easahi Oiwake as the town's version gained renown. All of that is from wikipedia so don't blame me if it wrong! Today I went to the top of Aiea where Amy, Grandma and I went to meet up with Ishikawa Sensei who teaches minyo in Tokyo. Amy and I are going to start Esashi Oiwake. It seems fun!
oh yes and tomarrow at 11:00am Ishikawa Seiji sensei will be on Kzoo Radio station am1210! Please listen to it!
このさしんは あたしと石川恵司(いしかわせいじ)先生でございます. 江差追分(えさしおいわけ)は北海道の民謡。渡島半島の日本海沿岸に位置する江差町が発祥の地である。江戸時代中期以降に発生したとされている。信濃の追分節に起源があるとするのが定説のようである。北海道指定の無形民俗文化財。「姥神大神宮渡御祭と江差追分」として北海道遺産に選定されている。
これのデフィニシオンはウィキペヂア.コム. 今日はエイミ,おばあちゃん, とあたし は 旅立ちアイエアの上どす.石川恵司先生とあたしが 逢たいどす.石川恵司先生 は民謡先生 東京からです.エイミ(歌川あけみ)とあたし は江差追分のクラスがはじめって!たのしいネーエー!

旦日は石川恵司先生はラジオが出る.Kzoo AM1210ラジオステイシオン11:00の頃!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

白木屋のたべ物 Food at Shirokiya

<<~~ This food is around sunset time. Shirokiya I have no idea what time they closed but at 6pm they were still cooking and all the food was fresh! Yesturday we went to Craig Sensei's then afterward we had to stop at Hakubundo so that I could order some cds' from Japan. After that we went to Shirokiya go get something to eat before we got home. I had Takoyaki as a side, Katsudon as a main dish and on the sides I had, speghetti, croqet, and pickled ginger. I can't eat the rice because its a strach. Oh, yea I love Takoyaki it is one of my favorite Japanese foods.
  このたべ物は夕焼の頃からです.しろきやの クロシング タイムーを わすれました!(笑)たこ焼きはだいすきじゃあ!カツ丼は とても うまい! 米はたべなさい,,,,ぜんぜんない だから 米は 私の大中 は 大きになれ!(ハーハーハー)しろきやの たこ焼きは ほんまに おいしい!

Monday, January 3, 2011

私のおばちゃん My Grandma

My Grandma. She is my biggest fan and supporter of all time. She is the one woman who helped me through everything from School to buying Kimonos' for me. I am so thankful for having someone like her in my life. My father never supported my performances. To him everything I did was just a joke. His wife was never any good either. She was just as bad. At that time my grandma was the only one who supported me through it. Every morning she gets up cooks, cleans, does laundry, and she does it all from the goodness of her heart. Well last night we watched NHK's Kouhaku Uta Gassen on KIKU and this lady came named Kana Uemura singing a song called Toire no Kamisama which means god of the toilet. I thought it was such a odd title of a song untill I heard it. It talked about how her grandma told her once when she was young that if she cleaned the toilet the God of the Toilet will make her pretty. In the song the Grandma dies and shes very depressed. Years pass and on the day before her wedding she desides to clean the toilet. Its kinda a cheezy story but when I heard the song I kept crying and crying thinking about my grandmother. I love the last line of the song it says " Thank you grandma, Thank you very much."Luckly my grandma isn't gone yet I still have her but I'm afraid when she leaves I'm gonna go crazy cause I love her so much! Please listen to the song. Grandma later on when your in your room looking at my blog smile and I want you to know how much I love you!