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Japan’s Jazz Manga Takes A Closer Look At Munich

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Musical mangas as those featured in mangakakalot are popular in Japan but rarely make it to Germany. Now with “Blue Giant Supreme”, a tape has appeared in German, which plays in Munich and offers an interesting look at local customs.

Manga Comics Present Jazz Music

The songs of saxophonist John Coltrane (1926-1967) provided the inspiration for Blue Giant Supreme, a Japanese manga about a young jazz musician. The book has now been published in German by Carlsen Manga Verlag.

Manga about music might be unusual in Germany, but it’s a popular genre in Japan, says manga journalist Sabine Scholz. The country is connected to the USA in a very different way than Germany and a lot of jazz lovers live there.

“That’s why there are also comics about this style of music there because the Japanese use everything in their manga,” says Scholz. There is a wealth of musical manga in Japan, both for young readers and for adults. “Unfortunately, they rarely come to Germany because the sales prospects here are rather poor.”

In “Blue Giant Supreme” the Japanese jazz musician Dai sets off for Munich. “There he wants to become the best musician in the world and start his career,” says Scholz. But at first, he gets rejected everywhere and almost loses his courage. One day, however, he meets an enthusiastic old lady on the banks of the Isar, where he always practices. When he plays music by Miles Davies for her, he finds new courage.

Read also: All about jazz, uniquely American music

Jazz Manga Research in Munich

The illustrator Shinichi Ishizuka did a lot of research in Germany and shows Munich with well-known views. Since then, a jazz bar has been an important meeting point for Japanese tourists, the journalist explains.

In fact, there is already the award-winning predecessor volume “Blue Giant” in Japan, which is still to be published in Germany, according to Scholz. However, the publisher preferred the second volume “Blue Giant Supreme” because it is much more accessible to the German audience with the Munich setting. In the manga, the Japanese view of German customs and behavior is actually very interesting.

Conservative drawing style

“Obviously something is lost with this reverse order,” says Scholz. In the issue, one learns little about the career of the main character and her motivation. A few charming details were also lost, for example, that Dai practiced on the banks of rivers in Japan. “But Blue Giant Supreme also works very well in terms of storytelling without any prior knowledge.”

She can recommend the comic to a broad adult audience, both in terms of content and appearance, says Scholz. The drawing style is rather conservative, with a lot of realistic details, and is reminiscent of well-known Japanese artists.

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Helpful Tips When Storing Your Musical Instruments

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Musical instruments are a significant financial investment. Nevertheless, they can give you with years — even generations! — of service if they are correctly managed. The time may come when you have to store your instrument for a while, and it’s during storage that some severe injury can occur. Luckily, there are steps you can take to shield your instruments when you store them in your storage unit. Read on for some tips for safely collecting your musical instruments in your storage in Manchester, UK.

Store your instrument in its first case. If at all feasible, store your instrument in its original case. The case is made to keep the instrument and all its parts properly;y and carefully. If for some reason you cannot utilize the original case — it has become damaged or stolen — look for a replacement rather than just using a box, bag, or bin.

Store each of your instruments separately. Don’t store your device all put together, if it’s meant to come apart. Take off mouthpieces, remove reeds, detach straps. For stringed instruments, go ahead and release the strings lightly. (There is no need to exclude them). The pressure of tight strings can warp your instrument. Do the same for bowstrings. The exception is of course, piano— they do not need to have their strings released, as they are meant to resist strong pressure.

Disinfect your instrument completely.  Prior to putting it into storage, clean it completely. Use the proper cleaning solutions and cloths for your instrument. Sanitize each separate part of the instrument. This helps keep moisture and dirt from mounting up and breaking the machine while it’s stored.

Pack your instrument securely. When your musical device is clean and dry, it’s time to place it in the case if it has one. Place all the parts properly in the sections of the case designated for them. If you have plenty of room, you can include soft material like cotton batting to help keep the items in place.

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Different Types of Dance Injuries and Prevention Tips

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To some people, dancing may seem effortless. Well, it may really look like that because most of the time, dancers make it look like they are  just enjoying what they’re doing. The truth is, dancing requires a huge amount of  strength, focus, determination, and stamina. Moreover, just like any other hobby and sports, dancing comes with health risks and injuries. Regardless of what type of dancer you are, it is important to have enough knowledge when it comes to common dance injuries, prevention, and treatment.

Experts from Central Texas Spine Institute (CTSI) have exemplary treatment and services related to injuries from different types of physical activities. Moreover, there are valuable information on their site about injuries, prevention, symptoms, and the right treatment.

Common Dance Injuries

According to some studies, the most common type of injuries dancers can get are injuries from using your ankles, joints, muscles, and back too much. Most injuries involve ankles, knees, and lower back.

The most common types of dance injuries are listed below:

  • Hip injuries: snapping hip syndrome, hip impingement, labral tears, hip flexor tendonitis, hip bursitis and sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Foot and ankle injuries such as ankle impingement
  • Arthritis in the knees, hip, ankle, foot.
  • Lower back injuries: spine injuries due to improper posture

If you dance frequently and vigorously and you started to experience these kinds of pain, it is important to consult a specialist or therapist. They will know what kind of treatment should be given and how severe the injury is.

How do dance injuries happen?

The above mentioned injuries are just some of the most common dance injuries. But why do dancers get these injuries? One of the obvious reason is that dancing is an activity that must learn properly because is someone tries dancing without knowing the correct movement and posture he/she will most likely get an injury.

Moreover, studies have shown that dancing for about 3-5 hours a day or longer means greater chance to get injury and fractures. Also, because dancing is a demanding and time consuming, dancers only have little time to rest and recover which is why energy is easily decreases.

Because of the various types of injuries, it is important to follow these guidelines to lessen the risk of injury:

  • balanced diet
  • Enough rest
  • Proper warm up and stretching
  • Always wear the appropriate dancing clothes and shoes
  • Focus on strength exercises to improve endurance and strength
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A Beautiful Home through Block Paving

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Your backyard  can appear more lovely and coordinated using block paving.


The driveways nottingham has are very appealing to the eyes because of block paving. You will find different substances available on the market for paving functions nevertheless cubes are thought of as analyzed and tried with many and thus emerges among the decent selections offered on the marketplace.

It may likewise be utilised to supply edging to present paving or with the goal of incorporating landscape into your backyard. With all these applications, block paving surely warrants a try. An individual can pick from assorted designs and patterns for this type of renovation of backyard area.

An individual can select from numerous sizes and shapes together with the colour and varieties of cubes used in paving procedure.

A lot of men and women assert that block paving could be performed at home nonetheless, it’s always far better to employ a professional builder for this objective. An individual can produce the option of the builder on the grounds of a mention or later assessing the preceding work done. When you’re investing your time and cash inside this then you need to always check the job before. This avoids the problem of conflicts in the future.

After picking a contractor to your paving function, pick the ideal sort of blocks. Normally people choose the designs which compliment the assembled of the residence. Matching paving just increases the elegance of your property Sometimes people may also elect for comparison. But, it’s necessary to notice that shocking comparison can make your home look bad also. It’s very important to decide on the cubes in a smart way. In case the paving project is completed in proper fashion, it may add greater value for your home and backyard. The new place is now able to be used in much more useful method. Additionally it is important to keep the block posing. Within a time period, the pavings may get stains and might begin fading off. An individual can control this scenario by routine cleaning sessions. It’s always very important to keep things else that they could depreciate much quicker.

If kept properly, then prevent paving necessitates cleaning after in few decades.

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