Wednesday, November 28, 2012

1950s in Color: Tokyo and Kyoto?

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I wish I know where exactly all the pictures of 1950s Japan were taken. My guess it's Tokyo and Kyoto. If you were a resident or can recognize the places, comment this post kudasai.

It's Ginza as far as I can see :)





Most likely Tokyo but where?
















Thursday, July 26, 2012

How to count in Japanese

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Nice countdown. But who can tell me why all the repeating kana on the screen?

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Sukiyaki (Ue o Muite Arukou) by Kyu Sakamoto

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1963 hit that has nothing to do with it's title




Ue wo muite arukou
Namida ga koborenai youni
Omoidasu haru no hi
Hitoribocchi no yoru

Ue wo muite arukou
Nijinda hoshi wo kazoete
Omoidasu natsu no hi
Hitoribocchi no yoru

Shiawase wa kumo no ue ni
Shiawase wa sora no ue ni
Ue wo muite arukou
Namida ga koborenai youni
Naki nagara aruku
Hitoribocchi no yoru

Omoidasu aki no hi
Hitoribocchi no yoru
Kanashimi wa hoshi no kage ni
Kanashimi wa tsuki no kage ni

Ue wo muite arukou
Namida ga koborenai youni
Naki nagara aruku
Hitoribocchi no yoru
Hitoribocchi no yoru
........................................

Looking up while walking
So the tears won't fall
Remebering those spring days
All alone at night

Looking up while walking
And counting the scattered stars
Remembering those summer days
All alone at night

Happiness lies above the clouds
Happiness lies above the sky
Looking up while walking
So the tears won't fall
Keep walking on while crying
It's a lonely night

Remembering those autumn days
It's a lonely night
Sadness is in the shadow of the stars
Sadness is in the shadow of the moon

Looking up while walking
So the tears won't fall
Keep walking on while crying
It's a lonely night
It's a lonely night

Sunday, April 22, 2012

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Nice cover of Ghibli's Laputa Kimi o Nosete (Laputa Ending Theme) 天空の城ラピュタwith romaji and translation



ano chiheisen     kagayaku no wa
doko ka ni kimi o kakushite iru kara
taku-san no hi ga   natsukashii no wa
ano dore ka hitotsu ni
kimi ga iru kara

The horizon is shining because
it hide you somewhere.
when I see a lot of lights,
I feel dear because
you are in one of them.

saa     dekake you
hitokire no PAN
NAIFU, RANPU     kaban ni tsume konde
do-san ga nokoshita     atsui omoi
ka-san ga kureta     ano manazashi

Let's go out,
packing a bag with a piece of bread,
a knife, and a lamp.
This burning will that my father gave me.
That look that my mother gave me.

chikyuu wa mawaru     kimi o kakushite
kagayaku hitomi     kirameku tomoshibi
chikyuu wa mawaru     kimi o nosete
itsuka kitto deau   bokura o nosete

The earth is spining, hiding you.
The eyes are shining, and the lights are twinkling.
The earth is spining, putting on you;
putting on us who shall meet each other someday.

-----missed----

do-san ga nokoshita     atsui omoi
ka-san ga kureta     ano manazashi
chikyuu wa mawaru     kimi o kakushite
kagayaku hitomi     kirameku tomoshibi
chikyuu wa mawaru     kimi o nosete
itsuka kitto deau   bokura o nosete

This burning will is that my father remain for me.
That look is that my mother gave me.
The earth is spining, hiding you.
The eyes are shining, and the lights are twinkling.
The earth is spining, putting on you:
putting on us who shall meet each other someday.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sky Crawlers in Flesh

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Pretty good alternative reality aviation in flesh.





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