He Said – She Said – The A to Z of Japanese Music – The Letter “I”


I is for Irezumi ! ! !

I is for Irezumi ! ! !


Ms 4 -80She Says:

After our short break, we are back with the next letter in our series of posts about Japanese music, culture and language  This week we are looking at the letter “I”  We have great tunes, P sensei has added a video to help understand the word of the week, and S sensei and the culture club are looking at tattoos this week, so if you want to know what the maple leaf and dragon motifs mean that our cover guy is displaying  ( and if you should be scared or not )  then come and  find out in the culture cub this week ! ! !

spike-80 -1He Says:

Hello again, fan, and welcome back to A-Z ! It’s been a while and we’ve missed you. This week we are looking at the letter “I”, the most selfish letter of the alphabet. Remember, kids, there is no “I” in team. Which is what me and Sakura are, sort of…

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Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät

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“[Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät] probably won’t take over the world, but it will accomplish something a lot more important.”– Sami Tenkanen, Radio Rock

Forget taking over the world. Four podgy Finnish blokes who have difficulties dealing with social situations are going to enter Eurovision. “Nothing new there!” you might think. But these four blokes have genuine intellectual disabilities. They got their start when Lyhty (Lantern), a non-profit organisation that provides housing and education services as well as workshops for adults with intellectual disabilities, organised a culture event and ended up with the world’s most direct punk band.

Since then PKN have had a film made about them, recorded an album and various singles, toured abroad and ended up being fêted by Finland’s finest, at least in the punk scene. But now ‘PKN go Europe’ and are entering Eurovision, creating interest in that moribund event amongst people who wouldn’t normally give a toss about it. Of course, they have to win the Finnish competition first but there’s a certain buzz around the internet that seems to think that is a foregone conclusion.

So, knowing that you like to be ahead of the curve, here’s their Eurovision entry: Aina mun pitää (I always have to). It’s a rant about the things that Kari has to do.

Miks kukaan ei ymmärrä? (Why does no one understand?); Mä vihaan maailmaa (I hate the world); Puhevika (Speech defect); Päättäjä on pettäjä (The decision-maker is a betrayer); Kuus Kuppia Kahvia (Six cups of coffee)

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I is for Irezumi ! ! !

“I” is for Irezumi ! ! !

mss3She Says:

Hi everyone ! ! !  Mr P and I have had a wonderful time over the Christmas break when we were busy saving the world and stuff  like that but  we back home now and nicely rested and ready to to get back to He Said She Said ! ! ! Continue reading


This last year I’ve found myself watching a fair bit of TV on Netflix, mostly BBC, which is quite unusual for me. Initially I was drawn to Last Tango in Halifax, primarily because I hadn’t heard adult males begin sentences with ‘Happen’ or actually ‘appen’ as in ‘appen I might go to t’spill for a minute love’, and I hadn’t seen the countryside of my childhood since I’d lived there, it was a real pleasure. Another program was Happy Valley which I enjoyed for similar reasons plus the excellent Sarah Lancashire who was also in Last Tango. Peaky Blinders was definitely different, but even though it was set in Birmingham it absolutely brought back for me so many memories of the slums of Sheffield during WW2, the filth, the smoke, the canals, the depression, it was all there. Plus the stories of the Irish gangs, we had ‘em also; I started out on Solly Street in 1936 and Wiki will tell you about the Irish Solly Street gangs of the 30’s. Many industrial northern cities were inundated with Irish immigrants due to the famine and the social conditions there.

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I was sorting through a stack of mini discs and I came across one that wasn’t clearly labeled but I remembered it from the 80’s. The key phrase was ‘Praise the Lord’, so I did a search at youtube and sure enough, there it was . A Nigerian reggae musician who turned to gospel. Sonny Okosun, I don’t know where I got this piece but it’s worth a listen just for the energy, a bit of African reggae/gospel. You don’t have to watch the entire piece unless the spirit moves you.