Japanenglish: Sea... what?

Let's mix this one with a little katakana exercise:

Starting with the translation. Big belly seahorse. No big problem. Animals always had strange names.

But if you "romanize" the Japanese version, you get "Sea Pony"! Well, it was actually kinda small, so I admit you are right on this one!

Anime: Dragonaut - The Resonance (ドラゴノーツ - ザ・レゾナンス)

It's been quite a while since I watched an anime that I liked this much...

... will probably be what you will think after watching this one.

Well, I enjoyed it quite a lot! The story is quite cool, with quite some unpredictable twists and awesome action scenes. It also has a great soundtrack.

But let's have a look at it.

Dragonaut - The Resonance (ドラゴノーツ - ザ・レゾナンス) is a science fiction/fantasy anime series directed by Ono Manabu and co-produced by Gonzo and Nihon Ad Systems (NAS). It has 25 episodes which were broadcasted between October 3, 2007 and March 26, 2008. An additional OVA episode was produced for the DVD release in 2009.

As for the plot, twenty years prior to the story's beginning, an asteroid headed to the Earth destroys Pluto. Due to Pluto's destruction, the asteroid, which is dubbed Thanatos, becomes temporarily stagnant in Pluto's orbit. Now, in order to avoid Earth's impending destruction, the International Solarsystem Development Agency (ISDA) works on the "D-Project", and secretly creates weapons called "Dragons" after finding a dragon egg in the ocean. However, they soon find out that the asteroid is not their only threat, as powerful, destructive dragons from Thanatos appear on Earth.

After witnessing what looks like a murder by a strange creature, Kamishina Jin, a lonely 18-year-old boy who lost his family in a shuttle accident two years ago, gets involved with the ISDA and their efforts to battle the dragons from Thanatos. Helping him is Toa, a mysterious girl who saves him from falling to his death after the creature attacks him. As they delve deeper into the mysteries of the dragons, they encounter new friends and enemies, and also develop a closer relationship.

I can't tell much more as it will spoil a little, but please, do enjoy the following trailer and one of my favorite tracks from the official OST!

God, I can't stop listening to this.

Japanenglish: Pee Pole. II.

A new school year has started, and with it, the need to undergo a health check.

Everyone receives one of these, in order to take the urine test. But oh well, enough of boring stuff.



IS JAPAN COOL? All Nippon Airways (ANA) Campaign

Today I bring you yet another exciting campaign!

"Is Japan Cool?" is a website by All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, which allows visitors to explore – and vote for – the coolest aspects of Japan. Travelers planning a trip can check out the ratings and decide their “must see” attractions based on that. There are new votes everyday, but here are the TOP 10 coolest aspects of Japan so far:

1. Japanese Hospitality – 6,216 votes
2. High Tech Toilets – 5,133 votes
3. Hot Spring Spas – 4,531 votes
4. Toybox Kawaii Shop – 4,866 votes
5. Kyoto Summer Terraces – 4,278 votes
6. Mt. Fugi – 4,033 votes
7. Character Bento – 3,886 votes
8. Ultramodern Vending Machines – 3,850 votes
9. “Sushi Go Round” (How does the United States not have this?) – 3,163 votes
10. Soba (Japanese Traditional Noodles) - 2,864 votes

And here's the official TOP 5 for the website's newest category, Shopping:

1. Japanese Sake
2. Siri Siri (Cutting-edge jewelry from glass, rattan, and other everyday materials of contemporary living)
3. Japan’s Elevator Attendants
4. Andrealage (White coats that glisten faint green and pink in the sunlight, dresses in adjustable sizes, and more)
5. Japanese Gift Wrapping

ANA continues to add new content and categories to its website.

Along with the website, the “Is Japan Cool?” campaign includes the "Experience JAPAN Fare", allowing travelers residing outside Japan to travel anywhere within Japan for one set price 10,800 yen (approx. $108), from April 1 until October 25. A typical fare, without the Experience Japan Fare, from Tokyo to Okinawa would cost around $460.

Watch two of the videos of the campaign below, featuring Tokyo and Okinawa!

I personally think these videos are absolutely awesome! A lot of times people ask me why I like Japan, why did I come to Japan, and I find it difficult to put a proper answer into words.

So instead let me say: watch these videos. They show a little of Japan beauty and charm. But just a little. Because to enjoy it completely, you need to be here! :)

So two more videos! Dreams and Traditions!

For more videos, visit the official website HERE!

2014 Brazil FIFA World Cup Official Song & Japan Profile!

The 2014 Brazil FIFA World Cup is almost there!

Have you listened to the official song?

Check out the Japanese team profile as well!

Can't wait for it! Just hope Portugal doesn't end up facing Japan >_<

By the way, as we are talking about football, did you know of this one?



It's been quite a while since I made a proper update to the picture gallery, so here are a ton of new pictures for you! Below are the albums that were updated.