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    Shamisen fusion

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 May 23日 Saturday

    More a note to myself than anything but I have a soft spot for genre crossing music… when done right (they can go awry very easily).

    And Tsugaru-jamisen is an awesome traditional Japanese instrument that’s often played up tempo with passion, so it can meld nicely with modern instruments and sounds.

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    Itanji (異端侍) – I gotta check these guys out soon in Tokyo

    Musashi (六三四) – I have one of their albums, and should own more, trad-prog-rock done to perfection

    Yoshida Brothers (吉田兄弟) – One of the first big stars in the world of modern Tsugaru-jamisen fusion

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    Battleship Island

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 May 23日 Saturday

    Battleship Island ruins photos – now you wouldn’t be able to land as organized tours of one part of the island has officially started recently. (Gunkanjima aka Hashima Island Wiki)

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    一味変わったワーホリ

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 May 22日 Friday

    バンクーバーでワーホリをしてる、元吉本で売れなかった芸人のとしおさんの日記。エキストラとして映画に出たり、バンクーバーのコメディ・クラブYuk Yuk’s に英語漫才で出演したりと、普通のワーホリとは一味も二味も変わった面白いブログです。

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    世界初の…

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 May 18日 Monday

    DJバトルww

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    異種格闘ホッケー

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 May 9日 Saturday

    ロシアのスケートとアイスホッケーする熊達…どうやってスケート履いてるんだ?

    2008年、トロント・ブルージェイズのグレッグ・ゾーン捕手がゴーリーになって元NHL選手ニック・キプリオスとのアイスホッケー・シュート十本勝負。ジョーセフ選手も指導してますw

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    Indian ice hockey

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 27日 Monday

    Fascinating blog by an American in Ladakh in the northern Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir in the Himalayas. The Hockey Volunteer! I’m still reading through the part about Adam Sherlip acclimatizing to culture and hockey in the Himalayas. But he goes on to coach the Indian national team in their first international competition, the recently held Challenge Cup of Asia in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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    X-Japan curry bread

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 25日 Saturday

    Apparently Don Quixote the downmarket 24 hour everything store is collaborating with X-Japan (the number of languages available in Wikipedia is amazing) the visual-kei rock band in a line of products, but I only spotted this curry bread at the cash register so I decided to pick it up to give it a try. 

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    Turns out, the curry bread was just a normal curry bread despite its “Spicy” name, ah well.

    Posted in 02_English, culture, food, information, music, opinion, tokyo | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

    Lotte Fit’s dance contest

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 24日 Friday

    Lotte the confectionary company is holding a dance contest on YouTube as part of its Fit’s gum campaign. Here are the original Lotte commercials which hooks you in even if it’s annoying.

    And here’s a real neat contest entry by high school girls (google hits here they come  😛 )

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    Suntory The Straight

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 16日 Thursday

    Finally, a new happoshu (the second rate beer imitation) that’s drinkable has returned to the market. After the demise of the original Santory Magnum Dry, I’ve been looking for drinkable happoshu as their price points are about 100 yen cheaper than real beer which usually start at around 220 yen. Suntory The Straight seems to be repackaged Magnum Dry, as it’s crisp and goes down easy. A poor man’s Asahi Super Dry, as you can say in both cases. It’s just that Magnum Dry had disappeared off the shelves in recent months (a year?) so I had been looking for a decent substitute and other happoshu just weren’t doing the job (let alone the sub-happoshu that’s classified as 3rd class “beer” made of soy beans, ugh, nothing half decent in this category, just move along). So, if you’re looking for Asahi Super Dry on the cheap for spring-summer drinking season, I recomment Suntory’s The Straight. Maybe an upcoming post about the hangover effects of this drink, as happoshu tend to give you worse hangovers than beer.

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    見た目じゃ分からない

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 15日 Wednesday

    Britain’s Got Talent で47才のオバサン、スーザン・ボイルの熱唱

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