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Doldrums at the Shodō 書道 Calligraphy “seminar” of Riga “Takai” 2009

By Oleg K. Temple, August 2009.

Truly, the organizers of this travesty need to procure an unabridged copy of "PR for Dummies" and try to grasp the basic idea at the very least.

Shoddily nailed together by a Latvian Kendo club this event was probably the sorriest display of incompetence I have had the misfortune to witness. The chaps should just stick to their fencing and leave organization of important events to the professionals.

Magical Sounds of Japan at an Amber Sunset

By Oleg K. Temple, August 2009.

On Monday, the 10th of August, 2009 the Latvian Spa Town of Jūrmala resonated to the deep, bold sounds of Joji Hirota (廣田丈自) and the Taiko Drummers. Joji Hirota is an internationally-renowned master of percussion who studied under the great Maestro ltto Ohba of Hokkaido. Since the 1970s Master Hirota has been forging his skill to perfection with fiery passion and dedication through countless concerts around the world. Over the years, Master Hirota has seeded numerous percussion ensembles and trained countless disciples in his unique understanding and style of drumming.


Latvian Folk Costumes

By Oleg K. Temple, 2008.

Latvian Folk Costume Review — As of the 22nd All Latvian Song and the 12th Dance Festivals, the Folk Art Centre E. Melngailis renewed the practice of awarding prizes to the best-presented Latvian folk costume.

The Art Nouveau architecture of Riga

By Oleg K. Temple, 2006.

A walk around Riga is like a tour in a museum of architecture-covering periods from Gothicism to Classicism. Riga's tourist cynosure, however, is without doubt the astounding abundance of Art Nouveau architecture. In few other cities is its presence so dominating as here.

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