First show in London

セットリストはイギリスでリリースしたEPの中から、St.Martin, Calling, Business Trips, Levels, Save Youの5曲。

Very belated notes about my first gig in London in the beginning of this month. I used to gig around London with just my guitar before, but this was my first time to play with a band, and also first performance since I started to team up with a management in the UK. The venue, the Islington, was a nice cozy cafe, and I had many memories in Angel because I used to live there 10 years ago. I loved the area; close enough to both central London and the East End. Setlist was 5 songs from the released EP: St.Martin, Calling, Business Trips, Levels, Save You.

Though it was a small venue I got very nervous at first, but the audience gave me a welcoming support. I had my mind set on focussing on one thing other than the performance, which was to deliver a ‘relatable’ impression. A Japanese playing in a British pub might seem a bit exotic, so I wanted to bridge that foreign vibe. I wore vintage kimonos sewed with a denim jacket…kind of a hybrid mix of East meets West garment. Another thing was to talk about British comedy, because humor is the best way of feeling culturally connected.

Getting the nerves is always a challenge, but there’s nothing more rewarding than having the opportunity to grow through your experience. Most importantly, having a sincere attitude towards music and performance is what adds original colors to these live shows. I was truly grateful for the sincere audience, for their warm support on my debut show.

Learning to Drive



(翻訳メモリ(TM)とは、自分または他人が過去に行った翻訳をTMと呼ばれるデータベースに登録しておきリサイクルするツールである。TM には原文と訳文のペアが大量に蓄積されており、翻訳者はWordもしくはエディタなどで翻訳中に翻訳済みの文をTM に登録する操作と、TMを参照してリサイクルできる訳文を探す操作を交互に繰り返す。)





  • 同言語間の訳(子供向けに簡単な言葉にするなど)
  • 翻訳者の意思をどのぐらい反映するか
  • 文化の違いでどうしても訳せない言葉の対処法
  • 文章に隠された権力の差をどう再現するか
  • しまいにはわざと『翻訳された文章』のように見せかけて本当はオリジナルの文章、というジャンルの専門分野もあるぐらいだ。



  • 翻訳・通訳は実際に訳す作業が大事だと思っていたが、その前に大きな全体像を見ることが必要
  • バイリンガルの人はみんなできると思われがちだが、それは車を買ったら誰でも運転できるという発想と同じようなものかもしれない。路上に出る前に道路標識やルール、シチュエーションごとの対処法を学ぶことが必要。
  • そして何より、美しい日本語をもっと身につけたいと思った。
  • それは、英語が『内容の意味』重視なのに対して、日本語は同じことでも口調や文法の置き換え方によって捉え方が大きく変わってくるからだ。



New EP “Levels”

本日、Rié名義での2nd EP “Levels” がリリースになった。


My second EP, “Levels” has been released today!

About the tracks in the 2nd EP:


A song lyric could be prophetic, surely in this track as “I had been waiting a long long time”—two years—to release it. The song was co-written with an Ivor Novello award winner songwriter/producer Cassel the Beatmaker (who has worked with Plan B, The Streets, Akala, etc) in 2015, when I was just visiting London and was finding my way into getting my music career started here. Those few weeks changed my life, which led me to our decision to move to the UK. The song represents those levels of commitment, time and effort, as well as patience.


The rap part was created spontaneously at the studio by the talented studio assistant/artist Deacon, and the middle8 was co-written by another talented bassist Chris Webb. I was also amazed by the levels of potential and growth of a song through collaboration.


The music video was also very special, as I worked with an amazing athlete Sarah Piercy, winner of the London Marathon women’s wheelchair competition, who has gone through significant levels of challenges and obstacles but has proven her strength through incredible achievements.



We live in a world full of secrets and lies, and it seems that those deceiving tendencies have become more prevalent in these recent years through media, politics, and especially the internet. The old science fiction/future fantasy films are not far-off from what we see today, and I started getting into classic films like Metropolis, 1984, Brazil-type of imagery and concept. As I dug deeper into the video archives, I found a propaganda footage during World War2— ironic that we are still repeating the same thing, the media itself embodying and functioning as a demagogue.


So whether it’s a political conspiracy or a little affair, human behavior has been coexisting with Secrets throughout history. But the biggest secret is that people often believe what they want to see, not necessarily the truth. I wanted to expose that in this song.

Save You

The song is about finding a soulmate—I know, sounds cheesy, but for me it was everything but what I had imagined or expected; nothing was straightforward. I realized that we are not attracted to each other’s strengths but our weaknesses, and the reason for two people to be together is to simply save each other. That’s why the other has everything you don’t have, and you have what the other had been missing. When you find a soulmate, you feel rescued and saved. But just because you are saved, it doesn’t mean you are safe. It’s only the beginning of the endeavors to face what the future brings—“holding on to each other, we”ll go through it all together” —hence this song is not a love song, but a fight song.