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 [...]

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 [...]

Evangellion makes Suizenji Kiyoko popular to a new audience

Evangellion makes Suizenji Kiyoko popular to a new audience

Posted by in Language, Music on 06. Jan, 2013 | 1 Comment

Thanks to geeking out on Evangellion I recently stumbled upon this classic Japanese song called 365-step March. This song is appears in EVANGELION:2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE when the new character Mari is fighting an Angel near the beginning of the movie. Being the crazy character that she is, Mari sings this song as she [...]

Shared my Japanese Anki Deck

Shared my Japanese Anki Deck

Posted by in Language on 21. Oct, 2012 | 2 Comments

I just shared my Japanese Anki Deck! It’s very personal. Basically when I see something I don’t know, I write it down, and then some day I stuff it into Anki. I have been using Anki for years, so this deck is monsterous. It has like 700+ cards and they are of no particular difficulty [...]

Japanese Tenugui in Tokyo

Japanese Tenugui in Tokyo

Posted by in Art, Culture, Tokyo, Travel on 05. Oct, 2012 | 1 Comment

One of the stops on my trip to Tokyo with @GuideYu a few months ago was to a Tenugui shop in Harajuku called Kamawanu. Tenugui are a traditional Japanese multipurpose cloth. To name just a few of the many uses for tenugui, back in the Edo period people would use tenugui as small towels, or [...]

Excellent Hamburg and Steak in Osaka

Excellent Hamburg and Steak in Osaka

Posted by in Food, Osaka on 01. Sep, 2012 | Comments Off

Had some delicous steak in the Kitashinchi area of Osaka a while ago after I saw it introduced on a Japanese TV show. If you’re looking for an awesome lunch in Osaka check it out. You can walk to Kitashichi from Umeda station (closest to Nishi-Umeda) in about 15 or 20 minutes, but there is [...]

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