Japanese Language Audio Books on iPad with Rye Studio

Japanese Language Audio Books on iPad with Rye Studio

Posted by in Books, Gadgets, Media on 03. Oct, 2011 | 3 Comments

In an effort to boost my pitiful Chinese abilities… I got an App! A company called Rye Studio makes a series of picture book apps for iPhone and iPad that read you a story while showing you the text in Chinese. Listening to target language text being read at native speed while reading along is [...]

Scars Borough

Scars Borough

Posted by in Media, Music on 16. Sep, 2011 | 2 Comments

This music recommendation must be the most personal one I have ever done… Here’s the story. So a long time ago in Japan I met a French dude. We became friends, time passed, I moved to Osaka and he was still in Tokyo, and we didn’t see each other so often anymore. Then a few [...]

Bright Siren by androp

Bright Siren by androp

Posted by in Art, Music on 08. Sep, 2011 | 4 Comments

If you’re into Japanese rock and… camera flashes… you’ll probably find this to be pretty interesting. This is the video for the song Bright Siren by a Japanese band called androp. They used 250 cameras to set this up. Pretty impressive in terms of scale! Fun stuff. If you check their official website you can [...]

Japanese slang: Bacchiguu

Japanese slang: Bacchiguu

Posted by in Language, Media on 03. Sep, 2011 | Comments Off

Time to learn some 90s Japanese slang!!! バッチグー!!! I can hardly even remember why I wanted to blog about this phrase… Ah yes, I do remember now. So I’m slowly working my way through Devil Survivor, a sweet strategy RPG for DS, and there is one character that says this phrase over and over again. [...]

World Order: Japanese Street Performance Group

World Order: Japanese Street Performance Group

Posted by in Media on 17. Aug, 2011 | 2 Comments

I don’t think I can add much to these videos. Just watch. Also check out World Order official website. WORLD ORDER are… 須藤元気(GENKI SUDO) 野口 量(RYO NOGUCHI) 崎山 清之(KIYOYUKI SAKIYAMA) 内山隼人(HAYATO UCHIYAMA) 森澤 祐介(YUSUKE MORISAWA) 高橋 昭博(AKIHIRO TAKAHASHI) 落合 将人(MASATO OCHIAI) Actually… there is one thing I can add. Did you know that the leader of this [...]

OMODAKA Video

OMODAKA Video

Posted by in Culture, Media, Music on 03. Aug, 2011 | 1 Comment

A newish video from OMODAKA! I really like OMODAKA’s style. He mixes traditional Japanese folk music with his modern digital beats and the results are really fun. OMODAKA in action Check out some of the links below for more OMODAKA videos and information. Related Posts: New OMODAKA drops Tuesday! More OMODAKA Get OMODAKA Albums on [...]

Tadoku Again! What to Read?

Posted by in Books, Language on 29. Jun, 2011 | 4 Comments

Kafka! Again! Tadoku is coming again! I haven’t performed very well in the Tadoku competitions. I do read a lot of Japanese daily, because it’s my life, but I have trouble sticking to whatever novel it was that I picked for the contest. Also, I’m too lazy to record pages of games or random webpages [...]

TINA – I’ll be there

TINA – I’ll be there

Posted by in Media, Music on 03. May, 2011 | Comments Off

I was introduced to this song back in 1999 when I was living in Japan long term for the first time as an exchange student at Nanzan University. A pretty hip older friend turned me on to it, and later she also introduced me to a similar artist named Bird. I remember I just loved [...]

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