just thought someone might be interested in seeing this.  i love the hiromi interview; i'd never seen her interviewed before, but her personality really is a mirror image of her music.


p.s. how big is brecon jazz? people know about it in america?
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brecon is a nice annual festival held in wales (about an hour away from where i live).  brecon is a little country town that gets completely taken over by the festival every august.  i've played at it a few times.  it usually has a fair number of international acts - i've seen john  scofield, the mingus big band, joshua redman, mose allison etc (so it's certainly known in usa jazz circles) - as well as good uk and european performers.  glad you enjoyed the bbc show.  i'm happy to say i played with tina may a couple of weeks ago.  she's an excellent musician, and a pleasure to accompany.

can't play it.  apparently it's a uk thing.
what is hiromi's personality?  

"honne and tatemae are japanese words that describe recognized social phenomena.

honne (本音) refers to a person's true feelings and desires. these may be contrary to what is expected by society or what is required according to one's position and circumstances, and they are often kept hidden, except with one's closest friends.

tatemae (建前), literally "façade," is the behaviour and opinions one displays in public. tatemae is what is expected by society and required according to one's position and circumstances, and these may or may not match one's honne.

the honne/tatemae divide is considered to be of paramount importance in japanese culture (1) the very fact that japanese has single words for these concepts leads some nihonjinron specialists to see this conceptualization as evidence of greater japanese complexity and rigidity in etiquette and culture.

honne and tatemae are arguably a cultural necessity resulting from a large number of people living in a comparatively small island nation. even with modern farming techniques, japan today domestically produces only 39% of the food needed to feed its people so, before the modern era, close-knit co-operative and the avoidance of conflict were of vital importance in everyday life. for this reason, the japanese tend to go to great lengths to avoid conflict, especially within the context of large groups.

the conflict between honne and giri (social obligations) is one of the main topics of japanese drama throughout the ages. stereotypically, the protagonist would have to choose between carrying out his obligations to his family or feudal lord or pursuing a forbidden love affair. in the end, death would be the only way out of the dilemma.

contemporary phenomenona such as hikikomori and parasite singles are seen as examples of late japanese culture's growing problem of the new generation growing up unable to deal with the complexities of honne/tatemae in an increasingly capitalist society."

when i click on the link i get this message:

sorry, this programme is only available to play in the uk (why?)

when i click on "why", i get a long message, including this:

rights agreements mean that bbc iplayer television programmes are only available to users to download or stream (click to play) in the uk. however, bbc worldwide is working on an international version, which we will make available as soon as possible.

how does bbc iplayer identify that i'm in the uk?

bbc iplayer recognises your location by checking your ip address (a sequence of numbers for every computer on the internet), which your isp needs to have uk-registered with quova, as we do not maintain a list of ip addresses.
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