I have a stash of Japanese pens in my room from when Asahiya Bookstore was still in operation in New York City. When I can indulge or want to look for something to write with, my preference is with using Japanese stationary goods. It also is a good tool to put in a small Origami traveling kit. I discovered that I really like how thin Japanese pens can write. This I never thought could happen, since I always associations thinness with mechanical pencils leads. Still one day reading Ed Sizemore’s review and tweets, I happen to discover a website, Jetpens.com as an online retailer to find Japanese pen and stationary goods. Shipping took the model of Amazon at free shipping after spending $25 of usage. Now isn’t that a good idea?
With news of continuing aftershocks, and a period of one month that has passed for Japan, there has been a momentum of people supporting, and encouraging support. So this is going to be a slight mix of things that I found to be of an encouraging interest on Japanese news, and not all manga related, otherwise I’ll post it to Anime Diet.
These are news tweet I picked up from @stevenagata
Tokyo Tower lights up with the words of Ganbaro Nippon!
Kobe Okura Hotel and Kobe Pirt Tower also lights up words of support, Fight-to Nihon!
Sasaki Hisashi, Editor for Shonen Jump shared this video on Youtube.
AKB48 shares about three videos of nearly all AKB48 girls all saying Gambaro Nippon!
In Japan, as the stories are still unfolding, stories of grief, or unity. There is desperate need for money, supplies, and support. Over 90 countries have pledge their support for Japan. Even with the situation still happened for Japan. One thing reminds, Japan still needs support!
Now even as I work toward preparing for next weekend’s Aria MMF, work on articles for Fanboy.com or batter around ideas for Anime Diet. This is one story I still feel is important to share. The charity work and fund raising promotion that I have noticed that are in the midst of forming.
Deb of About.com mentions about manga artists contribution.
Reverse Thieves mentions of an American fans/otakus collaborating with charity efforts.
Japanese Manga Artists are contributing doujinshi for fund raising efforts.
Japan Society in New York sets up a page of where you can donate to. Japan Society in my opinion always has interesting lectures, and movies on Japanese relevant topics that you can go see, when you are in the city.
Anime News Network lists sites for relief effort donations.
With the news happening in Japan, I have definitely relied more on Twitter to provide me with news of what has been happening. Western media are at the moment, days late. So Japan is currently operating at normal schedule at the moment. However, with the boom of the internet, and social media.. what an elusive rush that being aware of news and the need to talk about it… can probably bring in a Trojian Horse scenario. This phrase usage is in relation to Homer’s story, not the computer scenario.
I have been mostly rt-ing on the basics a basics of being aware of things occurring, in Japan. Commends to Twitter.com to actually still be able to run like this. Still though, statistics are not settled down as of yet, and warnings are still in effect. Tsunami warnings have been lifted.
I spoke with a friend in Japan, and there are several things to be mindful of, dealing with Twitter.
- Don’t panic.
- Stop rt-ing old/dated news.. since with the more people, there can be more unnecessary panic.
- Don’t spread false news, unless it is confirmed by reputable sources.
I have been mostly watching NHK World and Yokoso via UStream, so right now Tokyo is trying to maintain normal lives, and donations can be made through a variety of sources. At this time, America has sent a large ship, and this military operation is called Operation Tomodachi. It is definitely important to be aware, but to also be aware that continually surrounding yourself with this type of news is not a positive experience.
Please don’t call the affected areas, since phone communication is very tied up. If you do need to be aware of a Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami news, consult here, and possibly as a source of seeking information on foreigners living/working in Japan, here.
Just a small random thought, on the importance of studying Japanese.. getting the chance to understand Drama CD’s. Of course that probably is not an important thing, but to be a fan of manga, there is probably never going to be the chance for there to be an anime. So there is the option of Drama CDs then, which is similar to listening to a radio show.
So whenever I read some mangas, especially of the shoujo ones. I read panels where the mangaka, talks about her experience with meeting the seiyuu’s for the Japanese drama cds. (sighs) How lucky…
Still, I will be lucky to listen to the track, just like the City Hunter Z, Dramatic Album which I do own.. and understand a tinge of what the drama is about. Hmmm… I listen to Fushigi Yuugi‘s drama CD a long time ago.. and that was a great experience. Hearing a possibilities of what ifs.. the drama cd’s reaffirm what are inside jokes that a series can have, and definitely give a voice to characters that the pages can’t provide.
Of course when there is the eventual lead to an anime, the drama cd is just another part to the long list of media that is available out there.
Thanks for Rai on pointing out these commercials for me. I am blogging about this on the premises that the other anime websites won’t probably find out about these commercials until months after the fact, or unless if someone blogs about it. Now these are Taiwanese commercials that is inspired by cosplay, so definitely some language barrier if you can’t hear a word of Chinese. But looking at the cosplay is pretty good. Imagine a world filled with maids, FF7’s or Vocaloid cosplay. ^_^ There are two versions of commercial, a girl one and the boy one.
Here is the girl one:
Here is the boy one:
The premises of the commercials are these…. the boy and girl in the normal school uniforms are practically lectured for not dressing in a cosplay. Guai Guai is Chinese for “good good”. Yet I hear in the commercial, the people who are in authority are (mother and teacher) is mentioning obedience and respecting by listening to them. The message of the commercial is being yourself is a good thing, that even in environments where the normal dress is cosplay, then it is fine. So this cosplay inspiration is pretty far reaching. The commercial is for promoting a chip snack, and there seems to be a contests to see who would doodle the best looking face or something.
I wonder whether or not when would the United States pick up on this premises or something similar to sell their products, or even pass up on this idea. There is that cosplay video with Kristin Dunst, but other than not really seeing it on the net, doubt I’ll see it on prime time