Culture Point 16: Sushi Guide

Like sushi but don't know their names? Then this guide is for you!

Taiko no Tatsujin, Japanese Master Drummers!

Remember the Taiko no Tatsujin videogame which I introduced to you before?

Well, if you are curious to see how hard it can get, or how easy a geek otaku can make it seem, watch the videos below and let your jaw drop!

100 Years of Tokyo Station

Just as the title says, 2014 marks the 100th year since Tokyo Station has started to be a part of every citizen.

As just one more user of the Japanese Railways, I think the train stations are amazing places because so many people use it. It's like a "key place" to the everyday engine. And most of the times we even don't notice how there are also people working there and doing their best to send off everyone to work in safety.

That's what the following 5-minute anime video by A-1 Pictures is all about: the bonds, the routine, the events and everything that everyone will definitely experience one day in there!

Hope you enjoy and Happy 100th Birthday Tokyo Station!

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!