Category: Japan

Phonetikana – Katakana Typeface

What do you do when you are a designer and have to make frequent trips to Japan but you are unable to find the time to learn to read or speak the language? Why design a katakana typeface that has English phonetic sounds embedded of...

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Great Teacher Onizuka

Great Teacher Onizuka or GTO as it is often abbreviated is a very popular Japanese drama that was originally a manga series. It was one of the first series recommended to me when I decided to take my Japanese drama plunge. With only a few...

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Yokohama Reggae Festival 2009 Info

Jamaican culture, especially Jamaican music is popular in Japan. The yearly One Love Jamaica Festival in Tokyo is a big attraction, reggae parties are well attended and there are even a few Jamaican restaurants in Japan. A few years ago though I remember seeing a...

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The Bird and The Bee – Love Letter to Japan

I music track that I have been listening to over and over lately is  “Love Letter to Japan” by The Bird and The Bee, a really cool song just from the title alone you can tell it’s awesome. Check out the video below. Awesome lyrics...

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NihongoUp – Japanese educational game

My study of the Japanese language is a stop and go process but I have been making a lot of progress lately. On the reading side so far I am confident of my Hiragana and Katakana knowledge and have been practicing recognizing more and more...

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Ryo the Skywalker – Japareggae Artist

Over the years since starting this blog I have had to the opportunity to meet many persons who share my interest in Japan both locally and online. I have also met many Japanese persons who who share a similar interest in Jamaica that I do...

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Liar Game – A Competition for Liars

My Japanese drama plunge continues and my latest review is of Liar Game, the first Japanese drama series of the few  have watched so far that I am not so fond of. Liar Game is a a series filled with mystery, suspense, mind games, obvious...

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BBC website offers a touch of Japanese

I recently surfed into an unexpected but interesting and very useful Japanese learning resource on the BBC website called A Touch of Japanese. Don’t expect a zillion pages of learning material, but the few pages and examples (with audio) there are very useful for a...

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Akihabara@DEEP – the Otaku J-Dorama

Akihabara@DEEP is a very interesting drama and the third series I have seen through to the end. The series combines action and comedy well while offering a no frills  street level view of Akihabara. Akihabara@DEEP isn’t a series for anyone but for persons like me...

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Katakana Natto Challenge Lost

I boldly challenged Chris when he jokingly tweeted an open Katakana study challenge on iKnow (now Smart.fm). Unfortunately I came up just short and one of the first things I will have to do when I eventually make it to Japan is eat Natto. I...

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