Radio Disaster Prevention Chime

...or how it's called, is the short tune that is played here in my area everyday at the same time (17:30 from March to September)!

I somehow love this tune, it's kind of a soothing ballad called 夕焼け小焼け (Yuuyake Koyake, lit. Sunset Small Burnt(?)), which takes me to the past, to Ghibli movies, Pokémon games, and some other nostalgic feelings.

Have a listen below to get what I mean!

There are other melodies, depending on the area! Listen below!

Back to Tokyo! (Wait, where did you go?)

Yes, it's been a while since I last posted here!

Spent the last three weeks in Portugal, refreshing myself with the things that only Portugal has!

And after the holidays, I'm back to work!

Enjoy some pictures I took there!

Studio Ghibli: Porco Rosso (紅の豚)

Porco Rosso (紅の豚 Kurenai no Buta, lit. Crimson Pig) is a 1992 Japanese animated adventure film written and directed by Miyazaki Hayao (宮崎駿). It is based on Hikoutei Jidai (飛行艇時代), a three-part watercolor manga by Miyazaki. The film stars the voices of Moriyama Shuuichirou, Katou Tokiko, Okamura Akemi and Ootsuka Akio. Suzuki Toshio produced the film for Studio Ghibli. Joe Hisaishi composed the music.

The plot revolves around an Italian World War I ex-fighter ace, now living as a freelance bounty hunter chasing "air pirates" in the Adriatic Sea. However, an unusual curse has transformed him to an anthropomorphic pig. Once called Marco Pagot, he is now known to the world as "Porco Rosso", Italian for "Red Pig".

Yet another great work from Studio Ghibli that brings us that feeling of nostalgia, this time through the beautiful landscapes of the Adriatic Sea, and the memories of long ago from a human transformed into a pig. Sounds silly? Have a look yourself!

Also watch below Joe Hisaishi interpreting Porco Rosso's theme at the Budoukan!

Culture Point 15: Kabuto

For those less familiarized with the picture below, it is a Kabuto (兜, 冑), a type of helmet first used by ancient Japanese warriors, having later become an important part of the traditional Japanese armor worn by the samurai class and their retainers in feudal Japan.

As in the previous Culture Point about Japanese Traditional Clothing, there are a lot of distinct parts with their own names! Check them out below!

Art: iPhone Finger Painting by Yamaoka Seikou

Yamaoka Seikou (山岡セイコウ) is an iPhone Finger Painting and Watercolor Artist. While being quite famous for his amazing iPhone finger painting works, he also creates watercolor works.

Having started his iPhone art while practicing drawing on the train on his way to work, he felt attracted to it as it delivers the huge advantage of being able to draw at any time.

Have a look yourself at some of his works below! They're gorgeous!

Also, below are some of his watercolor works. Check them out!

And last but not least, be amazed with some of his works taking form! Watch the videos below!

Visit Yamaoka Seikou's Art Gallery by clicking HERE, and don't forget to visit his Official Facebook Page and subscribe his YouTube Channel!

The Beautiful-Beyond-Belief Japanese Violinist

Her name is Okabe Machi (岡部磨知), and she started playing violin at 3 years old. In venues such as the Tokyo International Forum, the Ebisu Garden Hall and ZEPP TOKYO, she has been performing original arrangements through all the country, having become a famous player.

Further expanding her activity, she has participated in live performances, recordings and other events as a soloist and arranger for artists such as Dragon Ash, Hitomi, Sound Horizon, AAA, Nishino Kana, Kawamura Ryuuichi, Kumaki Anri, among others.

She has released three original albums, sweet devilCandy girl, and Elpio.
She also participated in the production of the soundtrack of video games such as Ace Combat 3D: Cross Rumble, Final Fantasy XIII-2, God Eater, and Time Travelers.
Watch below some videos from her YouTube Account!

Also, don't forget to visit her Official Website and Blog below!