Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Kzoo Taikai 2012 *POINTS!*


Congratulations to Amy Katsumoto (Utagawa Akemi) for coming in Grand Champion in this year's Kzoo Taikai. Super happy we all get to go to Japan again Next Year! I've been so happy with my travels recently!

Here are the Points from Craig Shimizu Sensei.
GRAND CHAMPION:  Amy Katsumoto   "Ai No Sanka"   427 points

CHILDREN'S DIVISION
FIRST PLACE:       Naomi Sano  "Yell"  394 points
SECOND PLACE: Tegan Inoue  "Daite Kuretara Ii No Ni"   389 points
THIRD PLACE:     Nina Tanaka  "Okaeri"   382 points

TEEN DIVISION
FIRST PLACE:       Haley Sakamoto  "Half Moon Serenade"   409 points

SECOND PLACE:  Tia Inoue   "Tokai No Suzume"   401 points

THIRD PLACE:      Lydia Haff   "First Love"   395 points



ADULT DIVISION
FIRST PLACE:       Carolyn Shimamura    "Be Alive"   424 points
SECOND PLACE:  Fred Hokada     "Arigato...Kansha"   419 points
THIRD PLACE:      Emiko Bossian    "Mikazuki"    415 points
SENIOR DIVISION
FIRST PLACE:        Kiyoko Endo    "Murasaki No Mambo"    412 points
SECOND PLACE:  Tony Kimura    "Koi Suru Machikado"    411 points
THIRD PLACE:       Susan Muramoto-Willy    "Onna Minato Machi"   407 points

SUPER SENIOR DIVISION
FIRST PLACE:       Yoshito Hironaka  "Kampai"  398 points
SECOND PLACE:  Roy Nagamine  "Sake To Namida To Otoko To Onna"   392 points
THIRD PLACE:      Betsie Fukuda   "Sugi"    387 points

This year you can see how the Points were super close! 
The competition was awesome this year. I was so happy I got to be a guest singer this year! Recently Shimizu Sensei has been teaching me inhalare la voce, it's actually a singing technique where you inhale while singing, so that you don't strain your voice. The technique is actually very hard. Still trying my best to master it.

Will try my best to keep every one posted more on time now! Life has just been so hectic recently!  

Friday, October 12, 2012

FUJI TV iine Japan! フジテレビ いいね!JAPAN!

Sorry Guys I haven't been posting My Laptop that I normally use is broken right now and I'm using my tiny Netbook right now. It's to tiny and hard to use, but I just have to GAMAN and keep trying to work with it!

Anyways... the title might have thrown you off, cause not too many people knew that I was leaving for Japan. I just came back and I'm not aloud to say what I was there for, but I can tell you it was for a TV show. It was a show about foreigners who like Japan, so my group of coarse was Enka, the other two groups were Oda Nobunaga, and AKB48. There even was a special guest, Mikawa Kenichi! hehe But I didn't get the pictures yet from the company..

I met four really awesome Enka lovers from all over the World! Their names are Berma, Claudia, Maria, and Ashley. Berma was from Germany and he is very talented at singing and enka trivia, I as were we all! Claudia was from the UK and she's really great at singing and Monomane! Claudia could do monomane of Yashiro Aki, Misora Hibari, and even Akikawa Masafumi! Maria was from Peru, she was such a great singer, she even knew how to do the AKB48 dances too! Last but not last Ashley, she was from New York and she was awesome, her and I talked the most. She sang Sakamoto Fuyumi's Yozakura Oshichi and she is such a great singer! All of my new friends were so funny and we all loved Monomane too! I loved it so much, I didn't want it to end!

After the TV show shooting - Grandma and I went to Harajuku and Asakusa. We dragged all of our luggage with us, so it wasn't too fun trying to catch trains and hold our suitcases too...! hehe
Once I got back to Hawaii I was so sad, I miss Japan so much I don't ever wanan come back home. I cried and cried once I got back.

The funny thing though is while I was in Japan I missed Hawaii so much and once I got back I cried cried about how much I missed Japan.