day69~PADI’S POINT~

 

 

 

Hey guys!! I’m a bass guitar player Juna Serita!!

 

TODAY’S MEAL MENU

breakfast

banana / raisin bread / banana soup /

lunch

kimchi / stir fried bean sprout and vegetable / fresh vegetable / cream sauce pasta / soup /

dinner

kimchi / potato / spinach /meatballs/

 

Today also I was looking for the bar which has live band .  I arrived on session road around 7 : 30. My favorite bar concoction usually starts performance at 9 PM maybe , so until then I ended up looking for another bar in down town .

The taxi driver recommended a dance club called Alberto’s to me. Over time I found out . I’m sure the it is an long established club ’cause the first letter “A” was lost. lol

 

Juna「What kind of bar here is?」

guard 「Live disco. 50PH entrance fee. 」

「Ah okey,  is it possible to join the live band?」

「Ahhhh……….unmm」

「It’s impossible?」

「Ye..Yeah.. sorry ma’am 」

What a shame. It couldn’t be helped..

 

After that ,  band sounds caught my years .  I realized the place has a good equipment . The song I heard  on the road was Le freak by chic.

When I arrived at the place, I asked to security  guard .

「Excuse me,  is it possible to join the performance?」

「Maybe …. 11 PM. I ‘ll ask the band . Let me know your number . 」

「I see. Thanks. Now it is too early , so I ‘ll be back here around 11 PM.」

「Okey , anyway text me then if you want to join .」

「K~ see you later.」

 

I thought I can afford to go to Concoction before PADI’S POINT. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough money, so I ended up going there on foot.

When I asked some people how to get to the bar concoction , many people said to me just take a taxi because it is not located within walking distance .

Then, I thought they just don’t like walking . I do like walking ,so it must be not so far for me.

 

 

However ..

 

 

 

It was true.  ; (

I am so sorry that I doubt them.  If I’m familiar with around here, it would be no problem.  Still ,I don’t know well here in Baguio, so I felt it was so far. And a little scared ‘ cause the lights on the way ware only few… : (

Finally, I reached there. The atmosphere was kind of different with usual since they were playing hardcore….lol

It was full of young people. Probably the band is very popular . I thought the seat is unavailable .

 

Therefore I gave up and went back to PADI’S POINT.

 

The band was performing some American hit songs . Such as Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars .

All of a sudden, the vocalist said ” Japanese ○×△☆♯♭●□~~”through the microphone.  I couldn’t catch what he said, but I thought it is the time to join them  since there was no Japanese except me there.

I went up to the stage, and waited  .

I felt awkward ‘ cause I was sitting on the chair on the stage. lol shy..lol

The good things for me was that  I could watch their performance at close range!

Surprisingly , They all are singers ,in addition to instrument players. Above them, the voices ware fantastic!!!  So I couldn’t helped being surprised every time that the vocalist changed.

After that, I borrowed the bass guitar from him .↑♪♪

Thank you for your kindness ; ) !!

 

the vocalist「Juna? Where is your friend??」

Juna「No… I ‘m alone.」

「Why !? lol  Your boyfriend is in Japan!?」

「There is no my boyfriend anywhere.  ; (」

Over time, our jamming started.

Actually…..

 

The bass guitar player was a 5 strings player . lol

Unfortunately , I have never had a 5 strings bass guitar. It confused me so much.  ; (

Still, the bass guitar player guided me … How  kind person you are.. Thanks a million.

And then, he asked me “Can you play solo?” about my ears when I was playing the bass guitar.

“m, maybe….”.

“Don’t worry, just a little ! try!!”

I couldn’t play solo as I want to…  ; ( I’m so embarrassed .

Anyway, I just focused on my play then.

The audience got hot little by little.!!  Finally,  I was relieved when I saw their satisfied faces .

And,  I and the guitar player had a good conversation in bass&guitar. ; D   He was amazing !!

I got more curious about Filipinos musicians.  I hope I could stay longer, but time fries. In particular , I wanted to visit Manila and Cebu for music,too.

 

I had a great time : ) Thanks everyone.

I look so happy.  lol

 

 

Bye.

 

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day39 ~Halloween party ~

 

 

 

 

 

Hey guys! I’m  a bass guitar player Juna Serita!!

 

 

 

Today , Halloween party took place in the school.

In my opinion, generally  Japanese people are not willing to join some event like that . However , all of teachers looked really fun and they spent much time to prepare for the halloween party. I got like Filipinos personality more.

At first, I was wearing short pants but a male teacher said to me that I should change the cloth cause guys are intimidated .  My gosh…Sorry to hear that.   Anyway  I accepted  for his asking. It couldn’t be helped.

And my reading teacher asked for playing the bass guitar in the party me , so I requested a teacher who can play the guitar to perform with me .  We practiced for around 20 minutes.

Then we ware talking about music bar. I asked him if he know the bar CONCOCTION. It’s my favorite. He said he has never gone there .

Teacher「But maybe I saw your video on Facebook .  A girl was playing the bass guitar on the stage, right?」

Juna 「Oh… girl ? It’s me! lol 」

Teacher 「Oh really? You!?」

 

I don’t understand why he couldn’t recognize the girl is me.lol

At the performance, he looked so nervous and also we had some microphone trouble. I hope we’ll play together again maybe next time. ; D

After that , both teachers and students enjoyed BBQ party but there were quite a few people . I was starving and I expected the foods is not good enough . After all, I went to eat at the dining room as per usual .  I’m super glutton in spite of fimale …

 

 

Bye.

 

 

 

 

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day28~Canto~

 

 

 

Hey guys !! I am a bass guitar player Juna Serita!!

 

I feel that I enjoy this weekend too much.

 

Actually , I had another plan with my Taiwanese friend Pai this Friday . Above all I said it first.lol

But when I talked to her about my batch mate farewell party , she allowed to reschedule  our plan  .  I pretty appreciate for her kind. So today we went to eat out instead of Friday .

First , we went to SM mall for buying needs. The thing I want was only umbrella .

And then , we went to a restaurant called CANTO on foot.

 

Haru(Japanese), Juna(Japanese),   and… oh I forgot his name… I need to ask him later. He is from Korea. Very gentle and smart guy.  And Pai(Taiwanese ).

Japanese friend Haru recommended CANTO to us. It seems that she heard about this restaurant from her roommate. She always takes good care of her health that’s why her body is slim .  Above them , I thought  there would be great protein there  if she says nice!! And Haru looks like a Japanese male bass guitar player「Backy 」.

He was producer of SORAMIMI. Big eye, slim body , how to make smile,,,Her all is similar to him. lol

 

Anyway, that foods were awesome !

We enjoyed having big stake and fresh strawberry juice , nice beef stew,and so on.  It was  very delicious and I was over the moon. However Pai didn’t like this meat , so I feel sorry for her….

 

 

After that,  Pai said she wants to see my bass play. We went to the bar concoction.

The host band was also same with last time. I was really happy they remember me .  The vocalist called my name through the microphone on the stage, and I joined them.

Then I knew the bass guitar player is a multi player! I borrowed his instrument as a result  he played the guitar instead of bass without pick.

I was thinking I would be unable to play with him because we’re  same instrument, but we could ! I was in seventh heaven♪

 

I had a fun time today, too. Thanks everyone.

 

 

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day21~jam with local musicians~

 

 

 

 

Hey guys!! I am a bass guitar player Juan Serita!!

I have always considered  where I can play the bass guitar with local musicians.

So when I was in Japan ,I searched on the Internet, then I found some music clubs and sent messages to the owner  .

And then I expect the best music bar is Concoction Baguio.

I invited Rocky because Rocky loves music. Rocky was afraid if the bar is dangerous place. She has heard that some student was stolen their wallet  in other night club and she was worried about my few information. It is open 24 hours and there is the live performance everyday.

Anyway It’s been already  2 weeks I came here. I have never had a session with someone. I AM A BASS GUITAR PLAYER JUNA!   I never want to forget it. And I am just interested in Filipino local musicians. Those are  why I was looking for the good music bar here in Baguio, Philippines.

We went there by taxi . The time that we arrived there was  9:20 p.m. But it was crowded with people yet.

And we could see the live performance of local musicians. I didn’t know the songs played by them, I think it is old American hit songs…. maybe.

All musician was great. Especially I respect the bass guitar player. I was really pleased with his reggae music groove  !!  Above them they has too much repertoire and if audience request songs, they can play!.

When the vocalist asked if we have some songs that wanna listen to, I told him that I wanna play with them in a pound voice from our seats .

They asked me weather I can sing, I said to them I WANNA PLAY THE BASS GUITAR!

The band member and audience looked be very surprised and the bass guitar player lend me his instrument. Thankful.!

On the stage , the guitar player or vocalist asked me some question through the microphone  , but I couldn’t understand what they meant because of my poor English skill. lol  Maybe audience also was laughing me…I was really ashamed….I need to study English harder…lol

 

We played two songs!!

 

Then

 

I exactly realised that Filipinos loves music and it reminded the great feeling that I had a live performance for the first time in my life…. I appreciate of the kindness of all people.

Rocky was very surprised . She said to me that she had expected playing the bass guitar is just hobby for me but it was wrong. She always asked me to play the bass guitar front of her.

So I’m so happy to show my performance to her.♪

After the performance, young two mens talked to us and drunk together. Maybe in Japan, it is called “nampa”..? lol

Although , they are our first local friends ! Thanks for the fun time!!

When we ware going back to our dorm, Rocky said

「I’m your big fun!!! Why didn’t you tell me anything!?  I thought bass is just your hobby but you are professional … Ahhh I really don’t want to go back to Korea… I wanted to know the bar earlier…」

 

Rocky looked be pleased with the bar. I agree with her. Probably I ‘m gonna go to the bar concoction again !!

I had a best night .

 

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Jeff Beck tribute band@crawfish,Akasaka

 

 

Hey guys!! I’m a bass guitar player Juna Serita!!

I had a gig of Jeff Beck tribute band at crawfish in Akasaka, Tokyo.

 

I just came here crawfish last Sunday to see friend’s gig. I kind of like crawfish cause audience can take a seat and eat some foods.

The band member

Gt. Isamu Houda

Key. Harunobu Okubo

Ba. Juna Serita 

Dr. Daiji Okai

I am so happy to perform with them. They are Japanese ROCK legends.

 

SET LIST

1st

1. Beck’s Bolero

2. Savoy

3. Hurricane

4. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat Brush With The Blues

5. A day in the Life

2nd

6. Where Were You

7. Big Block

8. Cause We’re Ended as Lovers

9. You Never Know

10. Sling Shot

11(encore) Blue Wind 〜Rond〜 Blue wind

12(encore) I’m going down (with the guest guitar player Makoto Takahashi)

The guitar player Isamu had a great performance as “Isa Beck”.

Of cause , I also did my best as “Juna Wilenfeld”.♪♪

However I don’t reach her feet still now… She is my idol.

Actually , JEFF BECK Night vol.2 will be presented on the 15th December!!

Crawfish’s manager decided it today!
I’ll come back to Japan on the 10th December. So it will be the first gig after study abroad in the Philippines.☆
I wanna play Red boots and scatterbrain next time.♪♪

By the way I have to clean up my room because my mother and elder sister are going to come my place tomorrow evening.
But…. I’m sleepy already………….,,,,,,,
Good night.

 

 

 

Juna.

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SOFP@Zher the ZOO Yoyogi

 

 

Hey guys!! I’m a bass guitar player Juna Serita!!

 

I had a gig of SHOKA OKUBO BLUES PROJECT at Zher the ZOO in Yoyogi, Tokyo today.


However the flier said SHOKA OKUBO FUNKY PROJECT…..I didn’t know that , but we might changed the band name.lol

Exactly, Emi’s drum play is so funky!! I love it.
Many fan came there, thanks.

I wanted many people to watch the gig cause the band called SHOKA OKUBO FUNKY PROJECT is so cool. I can say that with confidence!


Slap!!


I also sang two songs as a main vocalist today.


Great photos!
My manager MIKIMAMA also came there. I told her I have diarrhea today, too. So she brought the medicine for me… I really appreciate her kind.

 

I’m really gonna miss Shoka and Emi.


They are band member and close friend. I am looking forward to playing with them again when I came back to Japan.

 

By the way, I have a gig with Japanese legend musicians day after tomorrow.

It’s Jeff Beck tribute band.  It’ll be the last gig for me before study abroad.

Please come.☆

 

 

Juna.

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UI@Suijo ongakudo in Ueno

 

 

 

Hey guys! I’m a bass guitar player Juna Serita!

 

I had a gig with a clarinet player UI and a pianist Michiyo Yamaguchi at Yagai suijo ongakudo in Ueno, Tokyo today.
It was really beautiful day . Maybe I got a little sunburnt.

 

The event is the festival called SUMMER TONIC 2017.

We performed 4 songs there.

1. Feel like making love

2. Miyako no aki

3. Night view

4. Shikisai no blues

Just 4 songs, but there was bass solo every song.  Two cover song and two original song. These are kinda jazz.

Actually , I’m not so good at jazz. However I think I could better performed.✨

Thanks for coming.☆

We enjoyed eating while break time.

Yummy♪♪

 

After the gig, I went to Akasaka CRAWFISH to see my friend’s gig.

The leader&vocalist Richard invited me, but it is the first time I meet him.lol   We knew each other on Facebook.

And I know other musicians. They are great .

The gig was really cool. I loved it .

The bass guitar player was Yusuke Morita. I’m a big fan of him!! I was looking forward to seeing his play. I have seen him at a jam session. Then I was really impressed by him.

When the break time, He talked to me .

『 Hey, you are Juna,right? I often watch your videos of playing the bass guitar and workout on instagram.!』

Lol ..  I didn’t know that he know me. Really happy♪♪ workout always makes me happy♪♪

I had a great day. !!

 

 

 

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Juan’s session @ SOMETHIN jazz club in Ikebukuro

 

 

 

Hey guys! I am a bass guitar player Juna Serita!!

I had a rehearsal of SHOKA OKUBO BLUES PROJECT in the afternoon.

I don’t know why we are left side…

Maybe we’ll perform new cover song. I also might sing a little.(^0^)

Please manage your schedule for coming to the gig!! lol

 

After that, there was “Juna ‘s session ” at SOMETHIN’ Jazz club B2 in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.

I am a host and leader at the session.

Guitar player Ko couldn’t finish recording before the jam session, so he couldn’t come.  However a great keyboard player Ryutaro Kano got be a host instead . Really thanks. He is still 21 year old, but has many phrase and ideas with keyboard.

It was great session. !!

 

And my friend Suren came there from Los Angels .

He is a mandolin player . I knew him each other at NAMM 2017.  I was happy to met him again.

I wanna go to NAMM 2018,too. But I’m not sure weather I can make it…

 

 

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session host @Nishiogikubo w.jaz

 

 

Hey guys! I am a bass guitar player Juna Serita!

 

 

I was a session host with the member at w.jaz in Nishiogikubo,Tokyo.

Keyboard: Yuri Edo

Drums : Masayo Nakahata

Bass: Juna Serita

 

Actually I had a teeth pain in the afternoon, it was a hard time. However when I was playing the bass guitar at the session, I forgot that I have the pain.

Probably I should keep playing the bass all day…

The jam was so fun! I miss you guys ’cause I won’t be able to see you guys for a while.

Oh, suddenly a vocalist talked to me in English there.  I’m sure that he is good at English , He always sing English songs and posts the comment in English on my SNS . I couldn’t response so quickly. I was embarrassed.lol  However It was a good practice for me, thanks. He is always smart and has a good sense of humor. My good friend.♪

 

And fan gave me foods , protein , cute T shirts  as presents.

This is very popular sandwich among women. I’ve never eaten this, but I have just heard and watched about it .

It was difficult to eat elegantly because it’s so big. But very healthy and delicious!! I liked it.

And T shirt and protein!!

I heard that the protein is the most delicious  as far as he knows. When I came back to home, I tried! Exactly, it was fantastic!! I was very impressed.  I’ll treasure it.

I don’t have the photo of T shirts, but the shop name is…

JUNA PARK

・・・・・・

 

Am I park・・・・・!?

 

Anyway, I’ll wear this while study abroad !

THANK YOU!!!!!!

 

 

 

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Session host@JAM SESSION in Okachimachi

 

 

Hey guys!! I am a bass guitar player Juna Serita!!

 

 

Recently I’m crush on this clothes.

The top is 1980 yen,the skinny pants is 1980 yen.♪ Very cheap , isn’t it?

When I went back to my hometown, I bought them at the shop called Honeys.

Some women around me said that I shouldn’t buy clothes at Honeys, I should choos higher shop because I’m not child already.(;0;)

 

By the way, I had a jam session at JAM SESSION in Okachimachi,Tokyo.

The host member

guitar : Naoto Saito / bass : Juna Serita / Drum : Ai Otsuka /

There were many great musicians, thanks for coming!

Oh, I played September (Earth, Wind & Fire) then !! I love this song. I had no chance to play this song recently.  I’m happy♪

We enjoyed  fun sessions for around 5 hours.  I might have good sleep tonight….

 


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