Sunday, February 9, 2014

Planning a Trip to Japan

I know the base of it -- I'll be there for 14 days. Most of my time will be spent in Tokyo, but I don't want to spend all two weeks just there. So I plan on going to Sapporo for a few days. There are other places I'm considering visiting as well, but I feel like maybe there's still too much I want to do, so I need to decide on a few things. For example, do I want to try going to the Fuji five lakes area? What about Yokohama? Or seeing my friends mother again in Utsunomiya?  I've already been to Osaka and Kyoto, so I'm not too concerned about going there. Hmmmm.....

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How do you self study Japanese?

In my last post I briefly mentioned that I was interested in getting back into seriously studying Japanese again.   In the past I was taking classes, but this time I'm not wanting/able to do that (for various reasons), so I want to try and see what I can learn on my own. I know people have done this before, so I know it's possible (sort of?).  I need to figure out how to take all the resources available to me and mold them into a sort of one person class.  It seems like there's quite a bit out there on the web, and I've got a copy of Genki. It's just the how...

So help me out, tell me how you study Japanese on your own!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Japanese Snack Highlight: Chip Chop

Tastes like a slightly salty Cocoa Puff with a tiny bit of matcha flavoring inside.  Weird at first, almost like it was too cracker-ish, but as I continued to shovel them into my mouth I realized the Cocoa puffs connection and could taste more of the chocolate.  They even stick to my teeth in that same weird way I don't like! I enjoyed eating them though.

So, here's a bit of a story:

In March of this year, the girl that I stayed with when I went to Japan back in 2009 came and stayed with me! Sadly it was only for a day, but it was still a nice time.  I don't know why, but seeing her sort of reignited a feeling in me that I thought I had lost over the years: that young feeling I had back then, that wide spirit that desired to consume and learn, and didn't just think, but actually did. I guess her visit was an inspiring reminder. I hope to carry that feeling in the future! One thing I want to do is start seriously studying Japanese again. And I always want to work on my music.


She brought me a lot of snacks, among other cool things.  I thought I'd post about them here. The pictures were taken on my phone and made with a gif maker.  On your computer the quality may look a bit ugly but on a phone it should be okay.

Also here's a weird/funny commercial for Chip! Chop:

Friday, October 26, 2012

Death and Dream Sketch by Veronica Fish!

I won this in an e-Bay auction recently! I was afraid I would be outbid, but thankfully I wasn't.

here's a cruddy picture of it hanging on my wall
You can see a much better picture of it on her blog

It's a pretty exciting get--my first piece of original art! I love it, and it looks great hanging on the wall. It's just so cool!

A lovely piece--thank you Veronica!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Stream the xx's new album, Coexist!

 Through the widget above, or here! The page has a neat feature that shows you where in the world the stream has been shared that day. If you like it, you can preorder it on their website, or from your preferred retailer.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Music: Chicks With Hits Mix

This is pretty fun!

It's a mix of music featuring girl artists from the 80s and 90s--Girls like the Breeders, Cibo Matto, PJ Harvey, Blondie, etc...You can listen to the first volume right here:

Or, you can go the the Chicks With Hits website. Two more volumes are scheduled for release on July 31st and August 14th.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Check out this article on Free and Legal Music at Lifehacker...

Ugh, terrible title. I'm not very good at that.  Anyway, the article is here. It covers a lot of the legal options for obtaining free music, and the comments are worth checking out as well for further suggestions. For example, someone mentions Daytrotter....

Music piracy (while I admit that yes, it is something I've been guilty of in the past), is something that sets me on edge.  Especially now, when music is pretty inexpensive and easy to obtain, even if the artist you're interested in is some indie rock group from a foreign country or something. And if you can't buy it, there's always streaming!

In addition to the sites mentioned in the article, I would recommend following Amazon's music Facebook page and signing up for their e-mails as well.  You'll get alerts about free/cheap music, and get quite a few mp3 credit offers.  I've probably gotten at least $10 worth of credit through Amazon in just the past few months.

It may be harder to find deals on popular music, but it's worth looking into! And maybe you'll find something new along the way...