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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Shingo Nishinari – Osaka Local Rap

Shingo Nishinari – Osaka Local Rap

Posted by in Media, Music, Osaka on 21. Oct, 2012 | 2 Comments

Looking for some fun Japanese music to listen to? OSAKA UP. The video features all the famous places in Osaka. Dotonbori Bridge, Tsutenkaku, Taiyou no Tou, and the entire video is in Kansai dialect. What more could you ask for? It also includes funny commentary on Osaka life, like Grandma’s who talk super fast and [...]

Furusato – Traditional Japanese Children’s Song

Furusato – Traditional Japanese Children’s Song

Posted by in Culture, History, Music on 07. Aug, 2012 | 1 Comment

Some of my friends gave us a gift to congratulate us on our new baby! It plays music! Watch the video below to hear the song. It actually plays much longer but I just gave it a little tug to make the video. This is a traditional Japanese song for 6th grade elementary school kids [...]

Locohama’s Book: My Name is Loco and I am a Racist

Locohama’s Book: My Name is Loco and I am a Racist

Posted by in Books on 18. Jan, 2012 | Comments Off

Well, another Japan blogger has beat me to self-publishing! (I really need to get on that.) Baye from Loco in Yokohama has finished his book! His blog is extremely popular so I’m sure his book will be enjoyed by many. His book is called “Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist” and [...]

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