I found this band during my search for Japanese bands with basic lyrics that I could hope to understand. Imagine my luck when I found this gem. 打首獄門同好会, also known as Prison Fighting Club, or Beheaded Prison Club (I’m not a translator), is a three member band consisting of lead singer and guitarist Osawa Atsushi, drummer and vocalist Kamimoto Asuka, and bass and vocalist Junko. So … Continue reading Music Review: 打首獄門同好会 (Uchikubi Gokumon Doukoukai)
I thought about calling this review, “I Finally Watched Your Name. and You Should Too!”, but analytics are telling me you guys prefer the shorter, more reasonable, titles. And well who am I to argue with highly intelligent robot statistics? Wait what was I talking about? Oh right, the hit anime movie by Makoto Shinkai that came out a few years ago, Kimi no Na wa., or … Continue reading 「君の名は。」Your Name. Review
(100万円の女たち 100 Manen no Onna-tachi) I recently mentioned that I’ve been diving back into my Japanese studies, and as part of that I’ve been trying to find creative ways of learning to keep things fun. One such way has been to cut back on the anime and watch more live-action series such as those on Netflix. I recently watched the Erased adaptation, but honestly found it … Continue reading Million Yen Women
The Zen master Hakuin was praised by his neighbors as one living a pure life. A beautiful Japanese girl whose parents owned a food store lived near him. Suddenly, without any warning, her parents discovered she was with child. This made her parents very angry. She would not confess who the man was, but after much harassment at last named Hakuin. In great anger the … Continue reading Kōan 33: Is That So?
A great Japanese warrior named Nobunaga decided to attack the enemy although he had only one-tenth the number of men the opposition commanded. He knew that he would win, but his soldiers were in doubt. On the way he stopped at a Shinto shrine and told his men: “After I visit the shrine I will toss a coin. If heads comes, we will win; if … Continue reading Kōan 30: In the Hands of Destiny
みなさん、こんにちは！ It’s been a while since I wrote about this, but I’ve been diligently keeping up my Japanese studies. And while I’m still far from fluent, my current self-study methods have helped me dramatically, and I wanted to share them with you. So without further ado, Anki (website) Anki is a free and open-source spaced repetition flashcard program. “Anki” (暗記) is the Japanese word for “memorization”. The SM2 algorithm, created for SuperMemo in the … Continue reading How I’m learning Japanese!
A well-known Japanese poet was asked how to compose a Chinese poem. “The usual Chinese poem is four lines,” he explains. “The first line contains the initial phase; the second line, the continuation of that phase; the third line turns from this subject and begins a new one; and the fourth line brings the first three lines together. A popular Japanese song illustrates this: Two … Continue reading Kōan 27: How to Write a Chinese Poem