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My try at making OniGiri sucked balls

Posted on January 26th, 2009 in japan, japanese, nori, onigiri, onion, onions, rice, sake, seaweed, vinegar | 3 Comments »

My bro Ravi made some OniGiri (Basically Japanese Rice balls) the other day and totally kicked my ass. I made some and they tasted good but was horrible looking and fell apart. His look like they are supposed to and he even did a nice presentation. By the way, the little white round thingies are pickled onions (cocktail onions). The sauces at the front that you can’t see very well are (left) Duck Sauce and (right) Hoisin sauce.

Go here to see his results (with images). Sorry I didn’t photograph mine, they were too ugly. The image in this post is HIS OniGiri.

UPDATE: Here is his newest post with his second OniGiri.

Learning Japanese… It’s cool

Posted on January 26th, 2009 in hiragana, japan, japanese, language, learn, romaji, teach, teaching | No Comments »

So I’ve decided on learning the Japanese language. I’ve actually been wanting to learn it for quite some time, just never had the motivation.

Recently I decided to go for it and learn Japanese. I found a nice resource on the net of some dude who went to a basic Japanese language course and noted what happened. This will allow people like me to see what should be done at different stages of learning. It’s very simple to find resources on the net to learn Japanese, use Google.

Anyway, I am currently practicing writing Hiragana. This takes time but is needed.

Btw, here is the Learn Japanese in 20 weeks page I spoke of.

Death of Rural Japan…

Posted on January 16th, 2009 in japan, japanese, rural | No Comments »

Yokosawa village is typical of the mountain communities of the Southern Alps in central Japan; most of which are situated in a setting of stunning natural beauty and inhabited by families who can trace their lineage into Japan’s distant past. However, like other mountain communities in this area, Yokosawa’s population is rapidly declining as young people move away to escape the perceived difficulties of rural life and to chase the glitter and dreams of urban Japan. After the old people are gone many homes are then left empty, often being abandoned by families who are unable to sell the property in a market with no buyers. Such homes slowly fall into disrepair or are abandoned altogether, often being reclaimed by nature and disappearing into the encroaching forest.

Visitors to Yokosawa will be charmed by the magical sense of peace and quiet which pervades the area, yet simultaneously unsettled by the notable absence of people. What I find most disturbing in such places is the conspicuous absence of children, from the empty playgrounds, abandoned school houses and even the laundry lines which carry only the shirts, pants and skirts of old men and old women. Farmers who have left the mountains and who reside in the city often complain that they miss the sounds of the hills: cascading water, the hum of insects and the warble of songbirds. However, those who remain in the countryside are more likely to lament the lost sound of human promise, which is carried best through the now absent voice and laughter of children.

WTF?? Japanese Toilet Training for Kids (English Subtitled)

Posted on January 13th, 2009 in creepy, funny, japan, japanese, kid, kids, odd, toilet, tp, training | No Comments »

EDIT: Updated the video as the previous was removed from YouTube.

Beautiful Japan

Posted on January 12th, 2009 in image, images, japan, japanese, wallpaper | No Comments »

Another place I’d like to visit is Japan. Click on the image to see a larger image.

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Nasubi - Denpa Shonen (Japanese TV Show)

Posted on January 11th, 2009 in comedy, denpa, game, japanese, nasubi, reality, shonen, show, tv | No Comments »

Denpa Shonen:

For more than a year, a young comedian called Nasubi (meaning “eggplant”) was the unwitting star of one of Japan’s most infamous TV shows. For 24 hours a day, Nasubi was naked and alone in a small room. His only relief from hunger, discomfort and boredom came from prizes he won in the competitions he spent all day entering. He wouldn’t be released until he had won one million yen (about $10,000 or £5,000) in prizes.

He didn’t know it, but highlights of all this were being broadcast to millions every Sunday on TV, and he was being constantly watched via a massively popular internet webcam. This was Denpa Shonen-teki Kensho Seikatsu (”Airwave Boy’s Prize Competition Life”), a segment of the frequently cruel comedy show Denpa Shonen (”Airwave Boy”).

The only clothes Nasubi ever won were scanty items of women’s lingerie that didn’t even fit, so he spent the entire time completely naked. If he actually won anything dignified to wear from the thousands of competitions he entered, it seems it was intercepted by the show’s producers. In a rare concession to taste and broadcasting standards, Nasubi’s bare groin was concealed with a garish cartoon eggplant for TV and web broadcasts.

Much of the show’s entertainment value came from his reactions to the prizes he won - from the sublime (winning a big bag of rice, or toilet paper after 10 months without) to the ridiculous (drooling over the TV he had just won before realising, with understandable dismay, that there was nowhere to plug it in).

Nasubi quickly became a cult figure, and attracted massive media attention. Worried that the media had worked out where he was, and that he might find out he was being watched by millions, producers moved him to a new cell in another location. His surprise at waking up with a flashlight in his eyes and being bundled across town was only exceeded by his rage when he realised they had forgotten to bring his bag of rice. His hysterical reaction to this made people think he had really started to crack.

Incredibly, after being released from his prison, Nasubi agreed to repeat the ordeal in Korea, where he wouldn’t even have the benefit of understanding the language:

“I suffered mentally every day. I felt trapped between sanity and madness, and I had no idea that everyone was watching my naked body all this time. It shouldn’t be allowed. But, to be fair, they’ve just given me hot miso soup and a bowl of rice and pickled plums, so I’ve agreed to go to South Korea and repeat the challenge.”

NOTES: Unless you speak Japanese, you will need to manually click the CC thing in the video player to turn on subtitles. The subtitles are easy to read.

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