International String Trio @ Belcourt Castle

Ben Powell (Violin)
Slava Tolstoy (Guitar)
Ippei Ichimaru (Bass)

We have come back to the Mansion Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island again. This mansion is not any other mansions on the avenue. The place was filled with Medieval furnitures, paintings, armors, stained glasses, chandeliers, carriages and so on. Wow, it was really impressive venue.


International String Trio @ Bedford Village Inn


We drove to Bedford, New Hampshire. It was a wedding gig with International String Trio. The name is "trio" but today, we are just duo. Ben on violin and me on cello. Two of us played for two hours.
Ben Powell (Violin)
Ippei Ichimaru (Cello)


Hanging with Nastya and Sasha


Slava and Anna kindly put me up and I was hanging with their daughters. Supreme bliss, it was.

International String Trio @ Fruitlands Museum


Ladies and Gents, first, I want you to take a look at the photos. Aren't they absolutely beautiful? If you become a musician, you can come to this kind of places all the time! Ha-ha-ha. We musicians see the beauty of natures like this place or Cape Cod or Newport where I had just played. At the same time, we can also enjoy the killer cityscapes of Manhattan and Boston and all the big cities in the world. I recently think being a musician is a good opportunity itself. Meaning, just being a musician, I have so many opportunities to see beautiful views in everywhere, opportunities to meet good people and opportunities to be a better human being. Well, we do have occupational hazards as well but these good things cancel out those bad things. I am so glad I became a musician.


I had come here a couple of months ago with the same band, International String Trio, and today's view was somehow different and better. I cannot forget to mention that there were so many dragonflies. No wonder there were no mosquitos or any annoying bugs. I, and all the Japanese boys, love dragonflies. If I had come here when I was a kid, I would be in heaven and would have been chasing dragonflies all day long.
Jakub Trasak (Violin)
Slava Tolstoy (Guitar)
Ippei Ichimaru (Bass)


Fiat Multipla (First generation)



The ultra cute car which I saw in Fenway, Boston. The emblem said "Fiat" and "750." If you zoom up on the top pic, you can see the sign says "TAXI" on the top of roof. Well, I made a thorough search for this car and this unknown object was identified as Fiat 600 Multipla (First Generation). I think the owner could not find the original emblem of Fiat 600, so he put the one from Fiat 750.

I am not a classic car maniac or anything, but seeing this beauty surely made my day!

International String Trio @ Astors' Beechwood Mansion


Wedding at a mansion by the shore covered up in the fog. International String Trio came to what-so-called Mansion Avenue in Newport. It was a muggy day. I checked the Wether Channel on my iPhone and it said that the humidity of Newport was 97%. This heavy fog almost made me feel like hard to breathe. At the same time, the fog was emitting the mystic mood in the air and that was not so unfit for the whole place. We played quite differently - in good way - in this atmosphere.
Jakub Tansak (Violin)
Slava Tolstoy (Guitar)
Ippei Ichimaru (Bass)

Lunch in Newport



This is Newport, Rhode Island. The band stopped by to have some lunch. In other words, we arrived too early and had a time to spare. I often come to Newport for gigs but that was the first time in a long time to come to the downtown Newport.

Three guys had a bite on gigantic sandwiches and had some chat.

The time and space that I grab a bite and chat with fellow musicians is precious. I appreciate it more and more as I get older.


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


I came to where I wanted to come for a long time; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Yes, I go to Boston almost every week and why didn't I come this museum sooner? I can explain. Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) offers free admission after 4pm on Wednesday and, although I have been in Boston a lot, I have hardly ever been in Boston on Wednesday and even if I were in Boston on Wednesday which is very rare, I always had gigs at night. Maybe you are saying the same thing as my inner voice had been saying, "Pay 20 bucks for admission and just get over it." Well, 20 bucks is 20 bucks...... This is why I had not been able to come back.... for five years.


Oh yes, I had never seen but there was the musical instrument collection at the museum. New and old, the ones look familiar and the ones not so much, from inside and outside of the US. There were the instruments I play as well. Here are Shamisen from 1820 and three-string contrabass.





I had a wonderful time in here and enjoyed huge collection of artworks and archeological artifacts. There is one artwork/artifacts I really admire.

King Menkaure (Mycerinus) and queen

I don't have a good eye for art or anything but I enjoyed this one a lot. I knew that I was not coming back any time soon so I locked on to this artwork, didn't blink for five minutes and burnt it on my pupil.

MFA is just a wonderful museum. If you come to Boston, you have got to go to MFA.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115


Boston Public Library


Reading books, composing a tune, renewing my blog at Boston public library.


International String Trio @ Chatham Bars Inn

Jakub Trasak (Violin)
Slava Tolstoy (Guitar)
Ippei Ichimaru (Bass)

It sometimes happens but we played at the exact same place as the day before. Where we played was about two hours away from Boston so we wanted to stay at there to save four hours of drive. We had a small problem though. The wedding coordinator said that the only room available would cost us six bills. We ran like wind to the car and hit the road. We did not say a word but we agreed. If I had six bills, I would much rather buy 40 CDs.


So, this is the take 2 of "The Wedding in Cape Cod" starring International String Trio. The view was excellent of course, and we played on the open deck. The ocean breeze felt really good. That was a good day.


International String Trio @ Chatham Bars Inn

Jakub Trasak (Violin)
Slava Tolstoy (Guitar)
Ippei Ichimaru (Bass)

I came to Cape Cod, a summer resort in Massachusetts, with International String Trio. I come to Cape Cod quite a lot in wedding season, these beautiful views make me want to come back more. The weather was really good. Perfect for a wedding on gorgeous beach.


Class of 2013


Year 2013!? It says "Welcome Class of 2013." I was surprised for a second when I saw this at the Boston University bookstore. Right, the year I thought so very far away is already there. I mean here. This is a good reality check. The year 2013 is the year I am going to turn 40. I have got to have a better life by then and get married and have a family.

New sneakers


My new shoes! Ha-ha. I have not had a pair of sneakers for at least a few years.


Lechmere, Boston


I came to the mall in Lechmere, Boston. I was practicing and writing a tune whole day so this is my rest stop.


New York Public Library


This is New York Public Library. I was writing an arrangement whole day. Well, I want to get busy next year.

United Nations Headquarters


This is the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. I was just passing by and took a pic just for the heck of it.

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