Good luck and prosperity for all who join in the fun and festivities of Toka Ebisu held every January 9-11. Ebisu is the God of Wealth and a saint of those in business. This festival attracts over a million people who make their way to Ebisu's shrine to pray for prosperity and for success in business. Highlights of the three-day festival include a parade, geisha dances, and rice cake making.
Cyndi Lauper has a reputation for being a bit unusual. She's known for dressing in wacky clothes, dying her hair unconventional colors and having a quirky demeanor. But all strangeness aside, Lauper makes calculated pop music that's memorable and more often than not extremely feminine. Though Lauper's success peaked in the mid-1980s, the songstress is still carrying on playing new material as well as the hits that rose her to notoriety.
Larry Carlton is a guitarist and smooth jazz musician from Torrance, California, who got his start as a session musician in the late-1970s when he moved to Los Angeles. After spending some time in the jazz rock group The Crusaders, he signed a recording deal with Warner Bros. Records and dropped his eponymous debut solo album in 1978. While maintaining a solo career decorated by multiple Grammy Awards, Carlton would go on to record with various legendary performers such as Michael Jackson and Steely Dan, contributing guitar to the King of Pop's debut solo album, Off the Wall, as well as a critically acclaimed guitar solo on Dan's "Kid Charlemagne." With an extensive catalog of both original and collaborative material, Carlton is renowned for both his guitar work and for his ability to bring out the best in the musicians he works with.