Tag Archive | Japan

An Acoustic Guitar Savant (YUKI MATSUI)

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The other week, while I was browsing through Youtube — intently looking for a guitar tutorial of Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World,” I came across this musical genius.  His name is Yuki Matsui. He is a 27-year old acoustic guitarist who proudly hails from Japan. Unlike other Youtube musicians/sensations, who have captured the hearts of millions because of their mind-blowing song covers, this guy showcases his original compositions, minus of course, six covers of some popular songs. All in all, Yuki shared 58 videos in his YT account. As of this writing, I have already finished listening to all his YT uploads. 🙂 ❤

Yuki’s music is absolutely divine! Heaven-sent! His harmonics and fingerstyle (slamming and nail attack) techniques sound as if there are three guitarists who play simultaneously in a band. For me, the melody of his compositions can break through social barriers and can transcend every cultural differences. His music is not only soothing to ears but also warming to the soul. He reminds me so much of Kotaro Oshio – a famous Japanese guitarist who is known for the nail attack fingerstyle although I must say that their techniques differ by miles if looked into more closely.

Amid Yuki’s genius, I felt that his exposure has not yet reached its full potential. Thus, I am giving him this particular space to help him amass a desirable number of viewership on Youtube. Ladies and gents, let us help him infiltrate the international music scene. He very well deserves it!

Honestly, for over three years, I had rooted for Sungha Jung, but after discovering about Yuki, I had sudden change of heart. Sungha’s fingerpicking is perfect but lacks emotion. Yuki, on the other hand, fleshes out each kind of feeling that he wants to relay through his songs.

And oh, he plays harmonica too! Sugoi ne! Aishitemasu! 🙂

Check Yuki Mitsui out on YOUTUBE, people! http://www.youtube.com/user/akogijin. 🙂

Buy his ALBUMS in this link (for overseas only): http://poscadirect.com/index.php?main…

Catch him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YukiMatsuiOfficial.

Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Matsui_Yuki.

Download his songs on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/jp/artist/song-jing-you-gui/id415797744.

 

The “Heal the World” cover that led me to Yuki, LOL! 😀

 

My favorite original composition of him, entitled “RIDER.” ❤

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Rurouni Kenshin Parts 2 and 3 (The Kyoto Arcs)

The long wait is over, Samurai X fans! Movie producer Warner Bros. announced that two more Kenshin Himura manga live action adaptations, following the blockbuster Rurouni Kenshin 1, will be released this year.

I have been a fan of Samurai X (manga and anime) since 1998 so the experience of having Battousai come to life is truly ecstatic for me!

The first installment of the sequels, which is entitled “The Great Kyoto Fire Arc,” will be shown on cinemas this August 1. The last part of the series,  “The Kyoto Inferno- A Legend Ends Arc,” will be released on September 13.

Tatsuya Fujiwara, whose acting prowess was highlighted in the movies “Death Note” as Light Yagami and in “Battle Royale” as Shuya Nanahara, will play the role of Battousai’s ultimate nemesis, Shishio.

The young and fresh Emi Takei takes the character of Battousai’s apple of the eye, Kaoru.

Meanwhile, Japanese superstar Takeru Sato reprised his role as the mighty Kenshin Himura in both sequels. Yours truly is again fan-girling to death! ❤ 😀

Unleash that Hiten Mitsurugi-ryu, Kenshin!

ORO? TADAIMA DE GOZARU!