Rabbit Island: Okunoshima

Rabbit Island: Okunoshima

Posted by in Travel on 29. Jul, 2014 | Comments Off

If you’re near Hiroshima, or if you just love rabbits and want to make a trip to Japan to see more of them, consider going to Okunoshima! 大久野島 We made Okunoshima the destination for a two-family with kids trip and it was a good time. It’s basically an island rabbit petting zoo where the rabbits [...]

Meiko Kaji – Urami Bushi

Meiko Kaji – Urami Bushi

Posted by in Media, Movies, Music on 28. May, 2014 | Comments Off

I recently re-watched Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2, and noticed the old-school Japanese song that plays during the credits. Did some Googling and learned that it is “Urami Bushi” by Meiko Kaji. (Life is almost too easy with Google…) Meiko Kaji was a singer and actress and appeared in more than 100 films. Here [...]

Earth Celebration on Sado Island 2013

Earth Celebration on Sado Island 2013

Posted by in Art, Culture, Music, Travel on 05. Nov, 2013 | Comments Off

This summer I went to the Earth Celebration on Sado Island, a three-day festival centered around the amazing taiko-drumming of Kodo. Sado Island (佐渡島 sadogashima) is the home of Kodo (鼓童), the most well-known taiko drumming group in Japan, and probably in the world. I had seen Kodo perform indoor concerts, once in Kobe and [...]

Japanese Olympic Vocabulary

Japanese Olympic Vocabulary

Posted by in Language, Media, Tokyo on 08. Sep, 2013 | Comments Off

Now that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been announced it’s time to beef up your Olympic vocabulary! Kanji Hiragana Romaji English 国際オリンピック委員会 こくさいオリンピックいいんかい kokusai orinpikku iinkai Tokyo Olympic Committee 開催地 かいさいち kaisaichi place where an event will be held 五輪 ごりん gorin Olympics (lit. 5 rings) 夏季五輪 かきごりん kaki gorin summer olympics 安定した財政 あんていしたざいせい anteishita [...]

News in Slow (as in speed) Japanese

News in Slow (as in speed) Japanese

Posted by in Language on 21. Jul, 2013 | 2 Comments

Foreign languages sound fast when you are new student, and Japanese is no exception. The news is an excellent learning resource, but dang those newscasters talk fast! “News in Slow Japanese” is a blog, podcast, and YouTube series that aims to give you a “slow news” resource to aid your language learning. Here, go ahead [...]

Sale on Japanese Films at BestBuy.com

Sale on Japanese Films at BestBuy.com

Posted by in Media, Movies on 02. Jun, 2013 | Comments Off

Hey Everyone, Public Service Announcement. Best Buy is having a sale on some of the Criterion Collection movies, which includes some Japanese classics by Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu. For example, I see Floating Weeds (浮草 Ukigusa) by Yasujiro Ozu, and Ikiru (Live) by Kurosawa, on DVD for just $9.99. That’s a steal! I also [...]

Review: Kanji Solitaire for iOS

Review: Kanji Solitaire for iOS

Posted by in Language on 05. May, 2013 | 2 Comments

Hello everyone! I have been playing with @tuzen’s Kanji Solitaire App for iOS over the past week. This app is a great idea, and a much needed fresh approach to kanji study. There are lots of kanji Apps out there, but none like this. Kanji Solitaire App is a kanji puzzle game where you slide [...]

Life-sized Gundam Model in Tokyo

Life-sized Gundam Model in Tokyo

Posted by in Crazy Consumers on 24. Feb, 2013 | 3 Comments

I had a chance to go check out the life-sized Gundam Model in Tokyo this month! I’m not gonna lie. I have never watched a full episode of Gundam. I am not a true Gundam fan. I do however appreciate a giant robot anime every now and then… So, I’m not a “true” Gundam fan… [...]

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