There was Japan Day NYC on May 10th, 2015 and every year around the spring. It involves a Japan Run, which is a 4 mile run around Manhattan and stops back at the Japan Day booths in Central park. There are various activities to do and food tents to try for free. They also have musicians, artists, martial arts, and various other groups and ensembles that play so it’s really a great opportunity for New Yorkers to experience some Japanese culture. Please check out the Youtube video above to watch a summary of the days event activities and also I posted below the 2014 NYC AKB-48 Koisuru Fortune Cookie dance as extra. 😀
Everyone I have finished subbing the long awaited Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Jonetsu Tairiku video!
Yatta! It took forever because I took a break after finishing up 80% of it and then having to study for my exams and such. I will go over and revise the timing and better fix up the translation when I get more time but for now everyone enjoy.
I hope everyone’s had a great year, I will wrap this up quickly but I just wanted to thank everyone who has come and viewed my blog. I didn’t expect anyone to even be reading this or watching my translated youtube videos but with over 1 million combined views, I think it is a cause for celebration. I will continue to improve on my Japanese and will definitely continue to translate and upload more videos. I’ve gotten tons of books, reading material, and non English videos from the Japanese video store here that I’d like to introduce to everyone studying Japanese or just interested in Japanese culture so I will hopefully get time to go through it all.
Finally, I’d like to leave you all with a famous Japanese song from Nagabushi Tsuyoshi長渕 剛 called Kanpai(1988) to finish this year off and hope to see you all again in 2015!
Hi everyone, I’ve finally finished subbing this video I’ve been watching from Miura Asami on Hokkaido food exhibit.
It’s kind of short and cut off, only 11 minutes or so but there’s a lot of delicious Japanese Hokkaido food including
hotate帆立(scallops), kinkiキンキ魚(fish), bota ebiボタエビ(prawn), date ichigo伊達イチゴ(strawberry), buta豚(pork), tomorokoshiトウモロコシ(corn), lots of gyokai魚介/umi no sachi海の幸 (seafood), so it’s a Japanese lesson in food and high quality koukyu高級 food.
Think of this like a lesson on culture and Japanese language with lots of goodies involved.
Hope everyone enjoys, I’ve been starting Aikido 合気道 so I will be busy on my free time with some Japanese martial arts but I will also try to sub the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu video everyone has been requesting on called Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Jonetsu-Tairiku (Complete Ver.) youtube.com/watch?v=3vGtNqgGSMc.
I also want to add in more blogs on NYC as well and comics, which I may do when I have time.
This is a short post but I have re-uploaded and added caption to the video “Kyary Pamyu Pamyu meets Katy Perry”.
They actually met up to do a performance on November 1st, 2013 for Japan’s Music Station television program. So the program had Katy Perry and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu as well as with notable Japan megastars AKB-48 and worldwide boy band One Direction. I have the full HD video of Music Station video if anyone is interested, but it’s long so I’m not sure if I want to sub it. Short blog but next post will finally be my Japanese app reviews on the Android OS.
Hi everyone, sorry for the delay but I have finished translating the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu World Tour 100% documentary into English.
It was a tough project since I never translated anything before and there were parts where I didn’t understand what they were saying so I may have just guessed what I heard. I think it was a great learning experience for me as someone who is still learning Japanese. I spent almost a good month on it and have many vocabulary words to teach, which I plan on writing as a blog post in the future. I also have the subtitle files if anyone needs.
I hope everyone enjoys the subtitles and if there is anything wrong with the timing, sync, translations please let me know!
今日のブログはニューヨークにある日本料理店を探すというものです。マンハッタンの地図を見ながらちょっとEast Village[イースト·ビレッジ」のSt. Marks Placeをさがしてみると、この3rd Avenue tから Avenue A はたくさん日本のお店が増えていました。過去１０年間から１５年間で、この場所はどんどん日本町の様相を呈してきました。たしかにカリフォルニアはJapanTownという所があるらしいけれどニューヨークではまだそういう名前つけていなくてここはたぶん二つ目のJapanTownになるかもしれません。
Amazing video from MyHusbandisJapanese YouTuber, they are a married couple with a Japanese husband and American wife that have a long distance relationships(遠距離恋愛)。 I love the production of their videos, they teach a lot of colloquial Japanese as well as speak English, which Jun(the husband) is pretty good at.
They also translate their English and Japanese together so for Japanese this is a good English to learn and for English speakers you can learn to read and listen Japanese.
Please check the video out and give it a thumbs up! Also, hope you guys are excited for a real exam! my next post will be on JLPT3 grammar and listening. I will be uploading an audio file and the actual practice questions on here so get ready to answer some 試験の問! I took the JLPT 3 a few years ago and passed but they changed it into a 5 part exam and now the 3 is like a mix between the previous 2 and 3, like a 2.5 so I will start from there and continue learning!
This photo of Konomiya Shrine is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Hi everyone, this will be a short introduction to Onomatopoeia. In Japan, you’ll often hear a lot of Onomatopoeia not only in writing and illustrations but used in speech as well. Unlike in English where it is rarely used but more sound effects, the Japanese have differentiated OMTP(shortened it) into varying groups with each having their own meanings.
Let’s quickly get into the different types of OMTP
Sounds that people and animals make. Simple words like a dog’s “woof!” or a baby’s cry or a cat purring.
More for sound effects that aren’t animal related, more object sounds like the wind blowing, an explosion, or rainfall. Out of the three types of onomatopoeia, giongo is the most inconsistent, and the one type of word you’re least likely to find in a dictionary. Think of giongo like the action words that comic books artists make up.
Words that describe actions and emotions that don’t necessarily make noises. Gitaigo is not technically OMTP because there is no sound but more of abstract things like a facial expression or a feeling.
So before I went into just vocabulary and learning videos, I thought it’d be a good time to backtrack a few steps for beginners and people who have been studying Japanese for a while to understand what it takes to learn REAL Japanese. For me, learning Japanese from tv shows, music, books were very useful but to really speak “real” Japanese and not textbook Japanese or just “weird” Japanese, going to Japan and living with a family that didn’t speak any English really helped. You kind of were forced to learn Japanese real fast or else you wouldn’t be able to get around. I think the same could be said with learning English if your a Japanese, being thrown into a situation where you NEED to learn the language forces you to pick it up very fast.
Now these 3 Youtubers all bring a different side of Japan and learning Japanese that I thought would be great to watch if you’re learning Japanese like me.
Video #1 Youtuber Luke – an Australian guy who went to Japan and started a MMA, security training company and married a Japanese woman. Learned Kansai dialect first. His videos are in English, but he’s very good in Japanese, especially with the culture and living of Japan since he’s not really a “Gaijin” but more of a Japanese “Gaijin” who works with the Japanese police department and military on training. This video goes into explaining how a lot of beginners end up learning and using wrong Japanese and to speak “proper Japanese” you must understand your social content, what type of Japanese to use and how to use it. For instance, he mentions even some Japanese people have difficulty understanding and using Business Japanese and Japanese in the 70s,80s,90s has changed a lot from just textbook learning.
Ryuzaki – Youtube English girl who studied Japanese by herself in England since she was 12, learned mostly from watching videos so more of the formal Tokyo dialect. She is probably incredibly fluent for someone who’s never taken formal Japanese classes or even gone to Japan, very diligently studies hours and hours a day and has gone to the point of being able to fluently read Japanese blogs. Great Youtuber to follow if your looking for someone outside of Japan to teach you Japanese.
Mira – She’s a Canadian girl who moved to Japan (Tokyo) and explains things very simple. Mostly in English and Japanese isn’t that great but she has very very insightful real day-to-day Japanese. Great vlogger to check out if you want to check out Tokyo and real Japan living and culture. There’s lots of things that they won’t teach you in the textbooks that are only real day to day things you can learn and see from her.
Good luck with your studies and don’t give up! みんながんばれえ～！！
Hi everyone, I thought it would be interesting to practice reading song lyrics for a music video. The music video I picked for this week is Hatsune Miku’s “Tell Your World” because I think its a good fast song to practice reading Kanji fast and understanding a fast upbeat and slow lyrics. Since Hatsune Miku is a vocaloid(if you don’t know what a vocaloid is here is a link, its a synthesized voice http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatsune_Miku) the pronunciation is a little robotic but should be fairly understandable once you read the lyrics. Also, since I can’t read 100% of the Kanji for the song, I thought I’d do the service and post the Furigana of the song plus regular and translated lyrics. Hope you enjoy, next video will be about Japan and culture.