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KaiserGX

281. Posted:

Some place says it was worth one Ryo of gold.

Kachou on!

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RR529

282. Posted:

Imagine-Nation was a repeat tonight.

It was the episode where they covered the anime film, Blood C: the Last Dark.

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283. Posted:

On NHK newsline, they showcased a news story about Story 3/11, a series of accounts from survivors of last year's disaster compiled in Manga form. Many of the survivors who contributed to the project said that it makes them feel better to get their stories out.

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284. Posted:

Other than video games, I like Japanese mixed martial arts and Maximum the Hormone :D

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RR529

285. Posted:

Begin Japanology was on today. The subject was the Shamisen, a Japanese, three stringed, Guitar-like instrument.

The instrument originated in Okinawa nearly 500 years ago, where it was influenced by similar instruments imported from China.

It's most well known for it's traditional use within Kabuki and Bunraku theatre. It was also a favorite of traveling monks, thanks to it's portable nature (the instrument is designed to be taken apart into small parts for travel). After the Meiji revolution, it became popular as a family instrument, since it was cheaper than western alternatives.

They highlighted the inspirational life story of a popular professional shamisen player. He has a visual disability, but that actually helped him master the instrument. They also highlighted a small time Japanese-American rocker, who is trying to introduce the instrument to rock. They finished out by saying over the past ten years, the instrument has become a larger part of grade school music programs in Japan (trying to introduce traditional music to the nation's youth).

Pretty interesting episode.

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HADAA

286. Posted:

It's shamisen :P

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Hokori

287. Posted:

Found a phrase lesson thing on YouTube that has 36 lessons that I've seen and has this lady (Konomi) who teaches you stuff, I'm really enjoying it, I hope I learn what I need from it, everyday I feel myself getting closer, but still find myself too far away :(

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RR529

288. Posted:

J-Melo was on tonight! BENI & Crystal Kay were the featured musicians tonight.

BENI was first up. She sung "Kiss Kiss Kiss" (which I liked), and then "Ti Amo" (which I loved. In English).

Crystal Kay was next. She sung "Superman" (which I liked), and "Forever" (which I liked).

They ended up singing together with "You've Got A Friend" (which was pretty good. In English). While they've known each other since they were young, this was the first time they've officially sung in collaboration.

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289. Posted:

I keep seeing BENI come up here and there, since she does English covers of lots of Japanese songs. Her English isn't bad and the translations are usually pretty good. Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3OXOYEZUkk

I still like the original a little more though :L

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RR529

290. Posted:

oiiopo wrote:

I keep seeing BENI come up here and there, since she does English covers of lots of Japanese songs. Her English isn't bad and the translations are usually pretty good. Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3OXOYEZUkk

I still like the original a little more though :L

Thanks! I'll check that out the next time I go to YouTube (currently on my 3DS, so I can't use your link immediately)!

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Bankai

291. Posted:

People who like Japanese films: Watch Sakuran

And no, not just because it has the delightful Anna Tsuchiya

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RR529

292. Posted:

I had some things to do today, so unfortunately I missed Itadakimasu! Dining With the Chef today.

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293. Posted:

Tokyo Fasion Express was on tonight. The subject is how "subculture" has effected fasion in Japan.

They briefly touched upon cosplay, where someone dresses up & acts like their favorite character from anime/games.

They then went into a newer trend, anime-Inspired fasion for adults (clothes with more subtle nods to anime/games). They showcased a shop centered around Gundam influenced apparel, then a shop centered around Neon Genesis Evangelion apparel. Some of the clothes showcase their theme pretty clearly (such as a character graphic tee), while others are much more subtle (almost hidden). For example, the buttons on your otherwise normal dress shirt might have a little logo from the series designed into them. One tropical themed pair of shorts lacks any sort of viewable images, but the colors (green leaves & purple flowers on a black background) are the same as one of the mechs in NGE.

According to an expert, subculture boundaries are breaking down (contemporary fasion is being influenced by the "subculture" fasion).

They also covered the very popular school uniform fashion. There are lots of shops specializing in high end school uniform fasion popping up. The trend is widely popularized by the music group, AKB48.

In the end, they visited a shop more generically influenced by anime/games (lots of bright neon colors, but nothing connected to a particular IP).

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RR529

294. Posted:

Watched a movie today (Akira), so I missed today's episode of Journeys in Japan.

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Hokori

295. Posted:

It's ok Akiras awesome :D

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296. Posted:

Imagine-Nation was on Tonight..

They started out talking about the Metal Gear 25th anniversary in which a Hollywood movie was announced to be in the works. They touched upon MGS Social Ops, the new casual game, along with MGR Rising, the new PS3 game. They also showcased the new Fox Engine.

Then they talked about HAKAIJU, a horror manga. It is about hoards of demons that arise after major earthquakes, and have overrun the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, & Odaiba. The main character is a high school student who escapes with a few of his classmates, and they now have to survive. The stories are much more violent than your typical Shonen manga, but that shock value has only increased it's popularity (sales propelled to over a million copies). It's popularity has grown large enough, that a live-action adaptation is in the works.

For tonights Creator's Interview, they talked to Yuta Sukegawa. He works for SHIROGUMI INC. His formal work is as a computer graphic & video artist in movies, commercials, & music videos, but in his free time he makes short films, such as the acclaimed The Light. He has won an award in Animefest Zagreb.

Also, @oiiopo, I finally got around to listening to that BENI link you posted. Good stuff!

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J-Melo was on tonight! It was a Viewer Special. David Specter was the special host (hey! he was the subject of Begin Japanology a few weeks ago!).

The first fan request was Namie Amuro. First they showed a montage of recent music videos of hers, then they showed the full music video of "In The Spotlight (Tokyo)".

They said that France has the fastest growing population of people who enjoy Japanese music (and culture overall). They said that this year's "Japan Expo" in Paris was the largest yet.

They showed part of Momoiro Clover Z's performance at the expo. They sung "Otome Senso" (girl war).

They showcased one of Japan's classic pop stars, Hideki Saijo. He sung "Kizudarake No Laura" (wounded Laura), a song from 1974.

They then showed a music video montage of various recent releases (from various artists).

Their final was an interview with Kurei & Iseki (the backups for May J, a musician & usual host of J-Melo). They ended up with a music video of "LIFE", a song of theirs.

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298. Posted:

Itadakimatsu! Dining with the chef was a repeat today.

It's the episode where they made wings.

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Journeys in Japan was on today! The Aizu region in western Fukushima was visited.

They covered local business' & practices. A salt factory, where they harvest salt from spring water, a Geta sandal craftsman, the history of local cuisine, and Naginata practice (a type of martial art).

They also covered the history of Mt. Bandai, a volcanic mountain in the region.

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Hokori

300. Posted:

I gotta get a job and stop buying so many games... After I get the WiiU I will buy games less and try to save up my money to move to Japan, I'm guessing 10 thousand is what I'll need to start

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