An international educational music festival, co-founded by the late conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, has opened in Sapporo, in the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido.
Some 100 young musicians from 26 countries and regions performed in Saturday's opening concert of the 30th Pacific Music Festival. The program featured Bernstein's Candide Overture and Haydn's Concerto for Two Horns.
The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary edition made its debut a few months back at this year's Chicago Auto Show. The special model was limited to just 3,000 units worldwide, with just 500 heading to the U.S. Miata enthusiasts were so excited by the car that the entire allotment sold out within four hours. To help satisfy demand for this limited edition model, Mazda is allocating another 143 cars for the American market, bringing the total number of cars heading to the U.S. to 643. Note, Mazda is still only building 3,000 cars total.
The 30th Anniversary Miata is available as both a roadster and the retractable hardtop Miata RF. All of them will be painted Racing Orange and will be fitted with RAYS ZE40 17-inch forged alloy wheels, orange Brembo brake calipers and Recaro seats. The cars also come with a Bose audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The cars still retain the 2019 Miata's updated 2.0-liter inline-four making 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Cars equipped with the manual transmission get a limited-slip differential, Bilstein shocks and a front shock tower brace.
Remember back in 2014, when Mazda released the 25th Anniversary Mazda MX-5 Miata and it sold out in 10 minutes? Now, just hours ago at the Chicago Auto Show, Mazda opened the books for the 30th Anniversary model — and you guessed right, it's now sold out as well.
This time around, it took four hours, but there's a difference: in 2014, there only were 100 25th Anniversary cars to pre-order, and for the big 3-0, Mazda allocated 500 U.S. cars. We're expecting the 2,500 rest-of-the-world cars will also sell out rather quickly.
For a car with a mischievous grin and penchant for fun, the MX-5 Miata's color palette is on the drab side, but thankfully the 30th Anniversary Edition gets a vivid hue called Racing Orange. Mazda says it "evokes the breaking dawn of an exciting new day," and that it's partly inspired by the bright yellow of the Miata Club Racer concept from 1989. That's all well and good, but it looks to us more like the orange from the 1991 Le Mans-winning Mazda 787B race car. Whatever the reason, we dig the color.
It will be important that the new owners like it, too, because the color is everywhere. It's on the brake calipers, door sills, air vents, stitching and piping. Everything else is a black or charcoal color, including the gorgeous Rays forged aluminum wheels, exclusive to this model, and the Alcantara trim on the dash, doors and seats. All versions of the special Miata come with Recaro seats, Brembo brakes, Bose sound system and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The manual models add a limited-slip differential, Bilstein shocks and a front shock tower brace.
In 1989, the baseball-loving Japanese dipped their bats in pine tar and came to the U.S. to take gigundous swings. That single year launched five legends: Lexus LS400, Infiniti Q45, Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo, Mazda MX-5 Miata, and Acura NS-X concept. The Chicago Auto Show (!) hosted the global debuts of the Mazda and the Acura. While Mazda celebrates the bygones with the 30th Anniversary Miata, Acura's reminiscing with a look at how the NSX — a car Motor Trend described in 1990 as, "[The] best sports car the world has ever produced. Any time. Any place. Any price ..." — came to be.
The development yearbook opened in 1984, a year after Honda returned to Formula One as an engine supplier for the Spirit team, and for the second Williams chassis in the last race of the season. For the first time in the automaker's history, Honda wanted to build a production car with the engine behind the cabin, one that would demonstrate Honda's engineering prowess and "deeply rooted racing spirit." The sports car would also serve as a halo for the not-yet-launched Acura brand. The engineering team built the first test vehicle in February 1984 on the bones of a first-generation Honda Jazz.
The IFA 2018 convention is going to take place in a couple of months and many companies will be headed to Berlin in order to unveil their new products. Sony is likely going to be one of them as the Japanese company has confirmed that it’s going to have a press conference at IFA 2018 on August 30th. The company hasn’t said what it’s going to talk about at the press conference, though.
Sony has stuck to its twice per year upgrade cycle over the past few years so it’s possible that it will stay the course in 2018 as well. If that’s the case, we may see the successors to the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact at IFA 2018. Those handsets were unveiled earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona back in February.
SCANDAL member HARUNA (Vo, G) will release her first photo book titled 'SOMEWHERE' on August 10.
The release date, August 10, marks HARUNA's 30th birthday. The photos in the book were taken by Ono Tsutomu during HARUNA's vacation after SCANDAL's tour. It will also feature a long interview in which she talks about her band, work, and love life.
the pillows' new album "REBROADCAST" will drop in stores on September 19.
The band will be celebrating their 30th anniversary on September 16. The album will be the first part of their anniversary item series 'THANK YOU, MY HIGHLIGHT.' It will include ten songs, such as their single "Boku no Tomodachi." Furthermore, the Limited Edition will come with a DVD containing the PV for their song "Ningendomo" and footage from their North American tour 'MONO ME YOU SUN TOUR', which kicks off on July 10.
AAA's Atae Shinjiro will release an anniversary album titled "THIS IS WHO I AM" on his 30th birthday, November 26. In addition, he will hold an anniversary live of the same title in February and March of next year.
On Twitter, Atae wrote, "Everyone, please look forward to it. Thank you so so so much for always supporting me. I love all of my fans too much!! Love you." The album will be released in four types: Complete Production Edition, Limited Edition, Regular Edition with DVD, and Regular Edition CD-Only. The Complete Production Edition will enclose a photo book that was taken in Los Angeles, New York, and Tokyo.