Thank you!

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019

The last gig for this stay in Japan finished. It’s been 3 months since I arrived on 8th August as my mother went into a critical condition.

It is a miracle that she survived. She went through a lot but now she is recovered and having intensive physiotherapy. I’m relieved and happy.

So many things happened under my circumstances. I met a lots of new people.

I really think I’m a very lucky man because all these people are very supportive to me and led me take to a new direction in my life.

I appreciate them from the bottom my heart and would like to say huge thank you. New challenges is waiting for me and I’m happy to take action.

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Masa’s Abstract Painting Exhibition And Acoustic Gig

Monday, Oct 21, 2019

I have a great news!
My solo exhibition starts soon at a wine bar Namiya I did a acoustic gig while ago.
The exhibition period is between 28th of October and 10th of November.
All works are water colour in A4(21cm x 30cm/8.3inch x 11.7inch).
There will be 10 works on display and rest are in a portfillio. I
I’m so happy that I can exhibit with a fabulous ambiance.
I will also do an acoustic gig on 8th of November.
Please come to see my works and the gig and not to mention off course enjoy healthy organic wine and food.
Thank you!

Masa

Masa Iida Solo Exhibition And Acoustic Live
Dates :
Sunday 28th October 14:00pm – Sunday 10th November 23:00pm
Acoustic live: 8th November 20:00pm
Address : Namiya
TK Building 101 4-110-6 Mugitacho Nakaku Yokohama
Admission : Free

Namiya’s info
http://namiya.favy.jp
https://www.facebook.com/namiya2017/

Masa’s abstract painting site
https://www.masaiidaart.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/1710586225742172/

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Brick Street Market and Namiya

Friday, Oct 4, 2019

I really enjoyed playing live at Brick Street Market and wine bar Namiya.
Several paintings were sold and I’m really content. Especially I have learned a lot by doing live painting. How I should focus on energy within in front of audience and how I should release it back to the audience. Abstract painting should be enjoyed by your totally free perception but some people are struggling to understand how to see as they tried to intellectualised. They seemed to look into my paintings.

At wine bar Namiya I totally enjoyed ambiance. Its space which minimalism meets nature gives me a right atmosphere to express myself through music and felt like my energy just flowed. It’s a hidden gem I really recommend to visit. The acoustics in the space is absolutely fab as well.

Thanks so much for everyone who came to see me. I really appreciate it.
Masa

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From Japan…

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

Hello…
It’s Masa. It’s been while. I’m in Japan now. It’s been more than a month. Because my my mother contracted acute interstitial pneumonia and went into a critical condition and I needed to go back to Japan urgently. I worried so much every single day not knowing what will happen to my mother. I just took a day as it was. She is still fragile and need my support but fortunately she is recovering well. It’s still a long way to go but I’m relieved.

While in Japan I thought if I can I should do something to promote O-Arc music and painting and decided to spend my spare time for it. I tried to meet as many friends as possible for help and through some friends I got opportunities.

I didn’t bring my guitar so I bought one from a near-by shop and some materials for painting. I’m ready to go.

The first opportunity is playing live and do live painting at 2rd Brick Street Market This is a special event for creators got together and collaborate to make event theme “A Special Happenstance In Everyday Life” happen. There will be a cafe, children’s playground, workshop, music, talk, and live painting.

In Yokohama where I live there is a strong sense of community of artists and creators. Yokohama government is supportive as well. However, Yokohama still doesn’t have enough power and reputation as a Creative City. Many local artists and creators organise lot of events to help further develop Yokohama as a Creative City. So I’m glad to part of this event.

The other one is playing live at Namiya wine bar. They are specialising in organic wine and craft beer, and serve natural homemade food. This is where you can enjoy the owner Nami’s attention to detail. Not only she carefully chose wine and beer and serve scrumptious natural food using her own recipe she puts a lot of attention to cutleries, furnitures, lights, books and decorations to create extremely comfortable space where people meet and enjoy their own time and possibly something memorable happening.

Admission for this gig is free but not a typical ” admission free” gig. It’s not a “passing a money hat ” gig either.
I really appreciate if you can decide the value of my performance by your own judgement and in return you can pay. It doesn’t matter you value my performance as little as 100yen (about £0.74)….or maybe 1,000 yen (£7.4) or 10.000 (£74). It doesn’t matter it’s your judgement. For me set admission fee puts the value of the performance equal and flat. The value should be different for each person and however you satisfy that your value. If you agree I’m really glad. AlsoI don’t want to make my gig free because free makes people not to appreciate anything. I hope you understand.

My paintings are also on sale and they are without a price tag. You can decide the value of my painting and pay accordingly.

Hope we see each other one the gigs or maybe both.
Masa

2rd Brick Street Market.
Saturday 21st September 10:00am-4:00pm
Kasetsu Kitanaka Brick
5-25-1 Kaigandori Naka-Ward Yokohama
https://www.facebook.com/events/485139142273283/
https://www.instagram.com/brickstreetmarket/

Namiya
Saturday 28th September 7::00pm-
101 TK Building
4-11006 Mugita-cho Naka-Ward Yokohama
http://namiya.favy.jp
https://www.instagram.com/namiya_yokohama/

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Myousaiji Temple Journal

Monday, Mar 18, 2019

The article about our charity concert for Mihara city in Hiroshima, Japan (Mihara city was devastated by heavy rain last year) at Myousaiji Temple was published in the latest Myousaiji Temple Journal. The contribution was more than 100,000yen (£700). Thanks so much everyone who came to see us!

Masa and Neil

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