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World Origami Day 2011

In United States and parts of the world 11.11 is either Veterans Day or Armistice Day. In Japan though, November 11 is Origami Day (折り紙の日) aka Paper Folding Day. In Japan, this is the day when the paper crane became recognized as a symbol of peace. However for folders around the world, this is also the conclusion of a two and a half week of celebration for an international community of origami folders. (More information here.)

As an origami folder, and a fan of Japanese culture.. I really enjoy the craft of paper folding. You definitely need lots of patience and precision to fold nicely. But it is a craft I want to hone in. You can fold or crease and in a procession of steps the paper comes alive.

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Paper folders are not necessarily Japanese anime or manga fans. However there have been innovative folds with creating likenesses to various anime characters.At Origami USA convention earlier this year, I saw a Rei Aynami, a Rurouni Kenshin, and Totoro. There are other character likeness examples such as Vash Stampede, Sephiroth, Chocobo, or Iron Man.

Outside of Read or Die series or Spirited Away, there’s not a lot of anime that talk about origami, however there is a manga title from Kodansha that I spoke about as a license request a while back, so my hope for more origami relevant titles is still up in the air.

So yes 11.11.11 is going to be an interesting one for me indeed. For part of the day, I shall be off with my OMG onward to OWS for WOD. Can you get the acronym? We’ll be randomly handing out origami butterflies. ^_^ What would you do today?

Boom Boom Satellites in New York x2

With NYCC just past, I certainly didn’t expect to see a Japanese group that I missed out from that hectic weekend. So I was quite interested to learn on Twitter, and from @MangaTherapy, that Boom Boom Satellites was going to be playing at Bowery Poetry Club, at around 11pm-ish no less, part of the CMJ Music Festival.

They are credited with contributing music to CGI Animated films of Appleseed, Vexille. Their music is also featured in Dark Knight.  Their only anime song credit currently is the opening for Xam’d: Lost Memories.

So off I went, as a regular Japanese music lover. Of course what cinch it for me, was for a $10 cover fee, I got to see this great Japanese Techno rock band. I was not at all familiar with their music, other than briefly sampling their music. Yet it was fun to see them in person. I did tweet, and have some really not so great pictures to share, courtesy of my cell phone.

MangaTherapy is a fantastic aid for this one, since I already knew labeled himself as a fanboy for BBS. There were plenty of fans boys for this band. Unfortunate thing was that there were no encore for the evening. But with what MangaTherapy told me, it is a fantastic experience to see them live.

Supposed set list.

I took a picture of the supposed set list, but as you can see from the actual set list, BBS did derive from this photo’s image.

During the show, there was a light show, that of course it was rave feeling, but even with that, the beats and rhythm were definitely beat bopping. Fans did get into it. Lots of mixing and programing was used, to drive up the sound, and make the sound unique. This performance were considered better than the Irving Plaza one, in the fact that it was more intimate, and less people.

Boom Boom Sattellites

Set list of for this set:

Back On My Feet
Moment I Count
What Goes Around Comes Around
Dig The New Breed
Easy Action
Kick It Out
Dress Like An Angel

Got some more pictures on Flickr, so check that out. ^_^