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Random plug for Japanese stationary goods.

June 1, 2012 Leave a comment

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?

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Karaoke and Japanese…

May 14, 2012 2 comments

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Hold Steady Japan!

April 11, 2011 Leave a comment

 

Map Graph shared by @idanbo

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!

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Outpouring of support.. for Japan

March 15, 2011 1 comment

Fanart of Hetalia Country Characters

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.


Daniella of AllaboutManga sets up a post about Anime & Manga Bloggers for Japan as a way to send relief to Doctors Without Border and Shelterbox.

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.

Crystal Watanabe of Adventures in Bentomaking is auctioning off an autographed bento box book, the auction is ending in four days from today.

Ebay, Amazon, Apple also lists pages for donation. So with all these links, how about doing some bit of donating yourself?

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Awareness of news on Japan..what news is fit to print?

March 13, 2011 2 comments

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.

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The chance of listening to Drama CDs…

February 21, 2011 Leave a comment

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.

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Guai Guai Taiwanese Commercials inspired by Cosplay.

April 25, 2010 2 comments

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

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Becca’s American release of I’m Alive

February 25, 2010 2 comments

Slightly not trying to do a dance, since for one am a klutz, and another no space, my book stacks will probably fall on me, but if you didn’t know Becca has her American release of I’m Alive in the U.S. for physical and digital release on March 2. Her personal Twitter/Facebook confirmed it, so yes Fans ought to be jumping for joy.

Just made some realizations on other things also I guess if you stalk me on Facebook, you’ll probably see it like a 100 tweets back. Just kidding.. just trying to make plans, and messing up. Need to pack. >_<

Anyway ever since Becca mentioned in last year at Otakon, and the fact that she is going on a tour is making me quite excited. Most probably news of her U.S. tour is going to be on this Pure Volume website, since I see that she is going to be performing after Portland, she would be hitting three locations in Texas.. lucky Texas fans to see her! Her official website is slightly dated, so I think the best spots to know of her updates is either Facebook or Twitter. Her MySpace is also updated with news from Becca personally. There’s only so much social media one can hit before.. I am still waiting on a hash tag to spam on Twitter regarding about Becca’s information. Probably should start one up.. Checked under #becca an that is not really getting that good of a results.. maybe #becca_alive or #alivebecca

I am very excited to listen to any new stuff that Becca has, but it is getting confusing from the advertisements, on whether every music from her I’m Alive is the exact same cd of her import release? No matter.. having duplicate cds are always nice. I look at my 愛内 里菜 cds and think mah mah.. import prices dup or triple over since I have original cd, best cd and singles if I can manage it. >_<

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