Archive for the 'Japan' Category

Midori – Osaru

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

  ??? ????? japanese indie music, rock, underground, ?????????????????,

Artist: ??? (Midori)
Song: ?? (Osaru)
From album: ????? (First)
Genre: “Romantic Erotic Chaotic Sentimental Death”
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Midori is hard to write about. Their sound encompases jazz-noise chaos and sweet ballad. Frontwoman Mariko Gotou screams her guts out, and then squeaks cute little noises, sometimes while writhing on the ground, sometimes while standing on the drumset or the shoulders of the crowd, always with intense presence.

I’ll post some video later so you can see what I mean, but for now, here’s the second song from their album “First”. It’s another album from which choosing a representative track is impossible. If this music churns your butter in the least, so will every song on all their albums. No filler here, all songs are singularly crazy, interesting, and strangely addictive. If you “get it”, then by all means, Get it!

So you want to learn Japanese? Part 1: Kanji

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

  learn kanji; learn japanese; remembering the kanji; james heisig

I was inspired to write this article by a post on Watashi to Tokyo. I don’t know how many people that come to have a real interest in learning Japanese, but if you want to know the little secrets I have discovered in my studies over several years, then by all means, come on down.