Jero – Big In Japan ! ! !
Jerome Charles White, Jr is big in Japan ! ! ! He came to Japan like so many others as an English teacher who wanted to do something else . . .But Jerome actually did move on and do something else and so he became Big In Japan . . . .
Enka is a style of music that is somehow a mix of pop and traditional Japanese music.
so, how on earth is a black American from Pittsburgh now the hottest Enka singer in Japan ? ? ? Continue reading
Hirugao is a Drama About Adultery
Why do British TV shows have such rubbish theme tunes ? ? ? In Japan there is a link between the TV companies and the record companies and top artists make great tracks for TV themes. In the UK it seemed that TV themes were really just an after thought and written in the ten minutes between drinking a beer and going to the toilet by some geezer that happened to learn to read music in elementary school. Continue reading
We are the Avant Garde H ! ! !
Gosh we have been on holiday for a long time ! ! ! I was at home in Okinawa and Mr P was at home in Hawaii and then we had our honeymoon cave diving in Iceland and time just flashed by ! ! ! But we are back now and we have a great selection of tracks for you ! ! ! We have avant garde, some chilled tropical sounds from my home, a 16 year old school girl who has already had 22,000 songs written just for her . . . . and . . . .well . . . Mr P’s other choice ! ! !
Ta dah ! Just when you thought it was safe..we’re back with a tremendous pot-pouri of J-Pop and culture for you. Hope you enjoy it !
See you in the culture club boys ! ! !
A Message From The Faculty ! ! !
Holidays are over and lessons and club activities have started again ! ! ! We expect you in class for your Japanese Lesson with P sensei and if you do not have cram school we expect to see you in the Culture Club With S sensei ! ! ! This week the in Japanese class will learn the meaning of Hikikomori ! ! !
In the culture club S sensei will be explaining about the cultural linguistic matrix and one reason why communication between westerns and Japanese people can be difficult . . even in Japanese ! ! !
Solider of Love and Justice – Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon
Sorry Spiller Guys, this post is about feminism, but I hope you will read it also.
Feminism is about empowering women, equality and social justice . . . so why is it so unpopular with young women and girls ? ? ? Most girls I know either deny they are feminists or are embarrassed to admit it. Why on earth should this be so ? ? ? What is wrong with feminism ? ? ?
A new series of Sailor Moon has started in Japan and it has caused a lot of debate about the nature and role of this manga ( and later anime series ) People seem divided equally between those who think that Sailor Moon is an icon of feminist literature and those who think the complete opposite. Continue reading
Marty Friedman – Big In Japan ! ! !
Welcome to a new occasional series I am going to write about people from the west who are Big In Japan ! ! !
Megadeth were one of the iconic metal bands of the 1990 decade and hugely successful but at the peak of their success the Marty Friedman left the band and headed to Japan. Marty Friedman has lived permanently in Japan since 2003 and has a really great career here. But not the one you might expect ! ! !
This is a real conversation that took place in my house last weekend (well, it’s an approximate translation anyway):
(The scene is a typical Saturday morning suburban scene as I appear downstairs freshly showered and dressed in simple blue jeans and crisp white round-necked t-shirt, ready for an exciting morning in the local ‘home centre’)
Me: Are you nearly ready? I’ll just pop the pushchair in the boot.
Mrs Panther: Why have you rolled the sleeves of your t-shirt up like that, it’s disgusting.
Me: Erm…well…I thought it might look a bit like The Boss…
Mrs Panther: …(eyes widen, eyebrows involuntarily shoot upwards – incredulous expression)
Me: Y-you know, like on the cover of “Born in the USA”..?
Mrs Panther: … (incredulous turns to what-the fuck expression)
Mrs Panther: (long sigh, rolling of eyes, shaking of head)
Me: So….I’ll…erm…just get the pushchair ready then, shall I?
Old Nick contemplates his life. We watch. Here’s a quick true or false quiz in celebration of the forthcoming documentary film.
So, true or false:
1. Kylie was replaced by a robot after Nick actually bludgeoned her to death in 1995 during the making of “Where The Wild Roses Grow”?
2. Nick has a room in his Hove house that’s entirely filled with spiders?
3. Nick is scared of bats and has never released any bats – this is why he orders everyone else to do it. “It’s their beady wee eyes that pure freak me out” he said?
4. Nick hides exotic fruits in Warren Ellis’s beard constantly on tour – this is why there is so much exotic fruit on the Bad Seeds’ rider and why Ellis is quite often enraged on stage?
5. Nick Cave’s real name is Nicholas Edward Cave Thomas Walker – as his parents were big pot-holing/spelunking enthusiasts?
Good luck, there are ‘Spill points on offer, and if anyone has any other Nick Cave nuggets, please do share them in the comments!