So, I thought I’d try to be a little artistic with another one of my photos from Japan. I see all kinds of “art” photos where the photographer uses grainy black and white, so I thought I’d do the same with one of my more-or-less “artistic” photos, converting the nice clean crisp color photo to … continue reading
Two years ago, Lady Gaga helped out the people of Japan after the Great East Japan Earthquake, and in recognition a pair of musicians, part of a Japanese group “Team Kozan,” created this music video, a cover of Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” using the traditional musical instruments of shakuhachi (flute) and koto (strings). They also got … continue reading
Well, yeah, he was a “hit, man” back in the 80′s as part of Van Halen, but he’s been in Japan filming a supposed “trailer” for a supposed Japanese yakuza (gangster) film. He’s gotten older (as have we all) and more craggy, almost alien in this trailer. Which I guess is appropriate, since Japanese consider … continue reading
Be grateful you can’t hear me singing this! And I only did one verse so you can be even more thankful!
Enoshima Girls (sung to the tune of “California Girls” by the Beach Boys)
Well Tokyo girls are hip, I really dig those styles they wear, And Osaka girls with the way they talk, they … continue reading
So, what do you do when you have to park a lot of cars, but land is very expensive and hard to come by? If you live in Japan, there’s only one way to go: grab a bit of space and double up!
Here are two examples of how people in Tokyo deal with parking, … continue reading
Courtesy of the Japanese girl duo “Puffy” (in the US, “Puffy Amiyumi” to avoid confusion with the rapper). here is a video of their song “Boogie Woogie #5″, a really upbeat swing song from one of their older albums. Puffy made it big in the early 2000′s by doing the theme to a kid’s show, … continue reading
So, the last post I talked about enka music, but didn’t bother to link to any examples. Well, this time I’m going to show you what I mean by “Japanese blues”.
This one is one of my all-time favorites, “Sake yo” by Ikuzo Yoshi. I even learned enough to sing it fairly well, and sang … continue reading