Today, I introduce a traditional japancraft "Edo-kiriko" (江戸切子) . Just Japancrafts...oh my brog...
"Kiriko" is Japanese glass craft with cutting pattern. Only the technology of the craftsman who can mince various cutting makes the world of bold and delicate a "kiriko". There is Edo-kiriko from the Edo period in them.
About Edo-kiriko. Kagaya Kyubei(加賀屋 久兵衛) was a Clan of Glass-makers and Dealers in the 19th Century(Edo period). It is said that the glassware made by Kagaya Kyubei in the end of the Edo period is the beginning. It is the feature to mainly use the form in the life, such as a fish, a star, and a basket, as a cutting pattern. The design reflecting EDO culture has been inherited by today's craftsman. The cutting pattern and the design is called the Edo-kiriko.
I also have a Kiriko glass. Not Edo-kiriko... (´ ▽｀).。ｏ but very beautiful and pleasant thing.
Masa ni Takumi no waza desu! (takumi no waza ; Technology of Meister)
Omiyage ni dou desuka? Kitto minna yorokobimasu yo! (v^ー°) ヤッタネ !
It is still cold in japan. How about your country? The spring is coming almost there. Mean time, you should buy cloth for spring. Don't you need?
Do you know UNIQLO? Yes the one I put the clock on this site, I got from UNIQLO. UNIQLO is the one of the most popular cloth company because it is cheap and they don't show their brand logo on the cloth where you can see. So people never know whether you wear UNIQLO or not.
Now they just release new jeans. Yes I know I know you are so fashionable and picky. You always say “ why they don't make the color that I want !?” ok,ladies!! guess how may colors UNIQLO makes? 37 colors!!!! WOW !! now are you satisfied with it!? I am sure you will find the color you want !
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Yes yes yes, Japanese movie, "OKURIBITO"and “TUMIKI NO IE” got Academy award!! Good for Japanese. But I will not talk about this any more. Because you can find the millions article about this. .....
ok ok little talk about the movie :( The name of title is “OKURIBITO”, in English “Departure". And the other movie is animation, “TUMIKI NO IE”, in English I don't know. It is drwaed by color pencil. and quite nice pictures. Japanese movie haven’t gotten since "Spirited Away".
there days even in japan, we dont have good news at all. so little happiness for japanese. and share with you, my friends. :)
Since I have introduced Japanese cultures, music, CM, food, customs and so on, some of people asked me whether I can get your request things or not, like Gakct’s CD, magazines. Yes I can do that for you. As long as you know what you want and you can pay for actual expense, I can look for you. First tell me what you want. Maybe you don't know exactly which one you are looking for then I will try which one is what you are looking for. Of cause you can just ask me. just let me know, I do my best.
I hope you can get what you want and enjoy with it :D
Hi,minna ! Do you enjoy KARAOKE ? I will recommend “ ENKA (演歌) ” if you are coming to Japan and going to karaoke... And if you want to win ! (*^ーﾟ)b Enka is one of the categories of the Japanese songs. it's Japanese soul songs. I sing J-pop, Rock, Lap, and others... but Enka. Nobody chooses it so much. because the chance to usually listening is few. However, rooms rises very much when someone sings the Enka!!! I want to sing Enka someday!
Today,I introduce one Enka artist. The artist name is AKIMOTO JYUNKO(秋元 順子). She become popular at once by the wonderful Enka song though she debuted in 58 years old. So debuted in 2005... ｶﾞ━━Σ(ﾟДﾟ|||)━━ﾝ!! Oh, She is the same generation as my mom !! majika yo ! sugeeeeee !
I uprord the lyrics, pronunciation, and the translation today. Please practice while seeing the movie and lyrics.
In general, Japanese is shy. Yes, I know. But, I think that it is a fragmentary opinion. The Japanese has exploded the soul, cosmos, universe in the mind silently. (ﾅﾝﾁｬｯﾃ!) Not easy to see from the outside. OK ? Enka expresses such a Japanese character. She sings the passion that extends internally. (ﾀﾌﾞﾝﾈ)
So today is as I told you, Saint Valentine day and it is time to report the resolute! How many did I get chocolate!? I got 2 "Giri Choco", and 1 "Honmai Coco." Is it good???? Well, better than nothing, I think.
Ok there are 2 kind of chocolate; one is “Giri Choco” and the other one is “Honmei Choco”. “Choco” means Chocolate, you can guesse right? Now “Giri” means “obligation”. You don't love him, but he always takes care of you or helps you often. Then you give “Giri Choko” as if showing your appreciation to his help. It is quite important.
“Honmei” means “the favorite” or “prospective”. So as I told you before, you suppose to give “Honmei choco” to whom you love and that chocolate should more expensive than “Giri choco”.
But there is one another kind of chocoreate, which my female co-worker told me and i never known until then, “Gyaku Choko”. “Gyaku” means, “reverse”. So this case, how exactly works for reverse?? Wait !? You means Men give the chocolate to Women!!???? WOW!!! What a woman!!!!!
next year maybe i have to send chocolate to my female friends.... poor guys....
Today is holiday, because it is Kenkokukinenn bi which means National Day. For America it is independent day, I think. The independent day is the day of that U.S. independent from UK. Ok then what really means of National Day for Japan?
the day is when Jimmu emperor was enthroned the emperor. Ok when was he enthroned empire and who really he is? He enthroned, 660 BC February 11 th, WOW!!! Long time ago!! And who he is? He is the first person of Japanese emperor!!! WOW again!!! But now a day, most of Scholar said he didn’t exist, it is almost Myth. But Japanese empire has long history... by the way, he dead when he was 127 yeas old. I see.... good for him....
the picture is Jimmu emperor. he looks not bad hun? do you think he got a lots of chocolate from girls ??? :P
p.s. Jimmu emperor is one standing, not one who is bending knee on the left. :P
Today I went to an art museum. To get there, I use train. And at the station, people sell chocolates. Chocolates? Oh, ok right. February 14 th is Saint Valentine day. And that day is one of the big days for woman.
In Japan, women give the chocolate to him whom she likes on February 14 th. So it is big chance for woman to confess to him that she loves him. That is why women need time to prepare to select nice chocolates. But why is it only for women? Actually one Snack Company made campaign to give chocolate to men. And now day it become sort of custom to give chocolate from women to men in Japan.
Some of men don't appreciate this day. Because if you got chocolate you have to return it (that day is called White day in Japan), and some of women expect not only just some snack back but also some of expensive staff (like bags. or something...) what a woman.... poor guys...
anyway, so if you love Gakct, you should send chocolate now! It won’t be by the 14 th!! I think Gakct will get a thousand of chocolate from his fun..
Hi people. I think I have to talk about this guy…. Yes his name is Gackt.
Most of people listen his music and actually his music is not outstanding. But his character is still useful in entertainment industry. Take a look this commercial. This commercial is for Tutaya, rental movie store. Basically what they say is that you can order movies which you want see. And the movie comes your house by mail. And you return the movie by mail.
Ok now why Gakct was used for this commercial? The purpose of using Gakuto is this: it is just funny that Gakct, whose image is very celebrity, is using this company Tutaya. Because he is celebrity, he doesn't have to rent the movie, he would buy. So that gap is funny point. In this commercial, Gackt, whose image is almost perfect for anything, actually forgot to return to his movie, as mistake. That human like as gap also funny point too.
So message is basically “even Gackt who is perfect and celebrity uses this system, so people, let’s use this system!!” that is the message. Gackt is more outstanding as his character and he is quite funny guy rather than his music.
Ok I notice that it is difficult to explain. But hope you understand behind of story of this Gakct’s commercial. Ohhh it is too long…. Sorry…..
Ohhh I was sick!! I still don't know the reason… was it influenza or food poisoning or just cold…
Ok this group is one of the most being famous group in 2008. Actually as musician, they are nothing, but this producer, Yashushi Nakada, is quite smart, I think. Defiantly he reflected what is going on Japan to his music. Their voices are very artificial and make the voice have no identity. I think its purpose is that his target was Otaku people who love anime, dolls, games, and people who only can feel alive in Internet. So that is why their voices are very artificial By the way, you can feel something similar to the SAKANAKUSYO, cant you? I am not Otaku but I like this song a lot!!! Enjoy!!
p.s. the word "Otaku" is not bad meaning but in a same time not good meaning either.
Hi, everybody. Today's topics is a little bit serious.
数年前に放送され話題になったＣＭです。 （It is ＴＶCM that is broadcast several years ago and became a topic. ） 今見ると表現や演技はチープでワザとらしいですけど。 見たことない人は、是非。 その後の議論は賛否両論（At that time, ｔhe discussion was pros and cons.）だったけど、 今僕は、子供には大人の及び知らない考えがあるって事を身をもって体験してます。。。 （but now, I know the truth that the child has their worlds. and you?）
The teacher said to the student. "Please write what you thought of." What the child had thought about...
The last message is "Please do not deprive imagination from children"
・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ 分かったと思うけど子供が描いたのは、「クジラ」ね、念のため。 （It is a whale. you know.）
This is one my favorite song! Nice violin!! Isn't it !? Better than Gakuto!!! :P The singer is Follooop and the song name is 花になれ(hana ni nare) If you like it, ask me, I have mp3 :D Do you want to sing this song? If you want maybe I can find its relic for you. and when you come to japan, i will take you Karaoke and you sing this song!! I hope you like it :D Enjoy!!