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03 November 2010 @ 03:23
The Japan 30-day Meme: Day 20  
NSFW warning: Japan Fetish Ball is on this month, so mark Nov 20th in your diar-- ah, no one else cares, right?

I've recently been listening to podcasts. I think my favourite is Noshuku Kangen Japanese (濃縮還元ジャパニーズ) in which some dude in his basement picks a word and rambles about it for five minutes or until his recording equipment gives out. The catch is that he picks a simple word each time, but for you to follow everything he says, it can't be the first time you've heard it.

I also listen to music podcasts - Dark Horizons (EBM/goth/industrial) plays great music, although the hosts tend to ramble somewhat. Same for Monday Night 80's. The Requiem (goth club/industrial) has a worse song choice, but it's an uninterrupted DJ mix.

Here are some of the songs I liked (YouTube):

Grendel - Zombie Nation

Necessary Response - Dying in the Worst Way

The Bravery - Jack-O'-Lantern Man

Day 20 - Favourite Japanese festival or folklore.

By coincidence, I've just come back from one of my favourite festivals -- the Tokyo Jidai Matsuri. It's a parade in Asakusa dedicated to historical figures. You can tell who represents specific people because they have paper taped to them with their name on it. I went last year and loved the attention to detail on the costumes, although I can't speak with any authority on their accuracy. Many of the people in the parade perform, but once again I wasn't in the right area -- I think it's right in front of Kaminarimon. Next year then. I wrote a blog post with photos about it a couple of days ago here. I'm sure I'll have new ones up any day now - including pictures of the new Tokyo Sky Tree. <-- Does that take the definitive article? I want to say "The Tokyo Sky Tree", but we don't say "The Tokyo Tower", do we?

Another favourite festival is Itabashi Hanabi Taikai. It's less crowded than many other firework festivals and I have great memories of going there with my friends, eating red velvet cake and sitting on the grass, surrounded by dragonflies. 夏カシイ! (sorry)

My favourite piece of folklore has to be the kitsune. Foxes can do anything.

The Japan 30-day Meme:

Day 01 - A picture of you "in Japan". (doing or wearing something "Japanese")
Day 02 - Describe your neighborhood in Japan.
Day 03 - Most interesting person you've met.
Day 04 - What's your favorite place that's not in any of the guidebooks/lists of places to visit?
Day 05 - Which, if any, Japanese mannerisms or expressions have you adopted?
Day 06 - Food that you swore you would never eat but now love (or tolerate).
Day 07 - Which Japanese words do you use in English? (hanami, shinkansen, etc.)
Day 08 - Are you a Herbivore or Carnivore? S or M?
Day 09 - Favorite stores/shopping centers.
Day 10 - Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 11 - What did you find most overrated and underrated about Japan?
Day 12 - Describe a fail!gaijin moment, where you did something wrong or completely misunderstood because you couldn't ~read the air~ or just plain had no idea what you were supposed to do because you weren't born and raised here. Describe a gaijin!smash moment, where your foreignness was to your benefit.
Day 13 - CHANGED: What's your favourite live event you've attended in Japan?
Day 14 - What is the hardest thing about living in Japan versus your home country?
Day 15 - Weirdest food item you've seen, and weirdest food item you've actually eaten.
Day 16 - How you realised you'd acclimated to Japan. (if you have)
Day 17 - Your karaoke top 5, your sushi top 5, your conbini top 5.
Day 18 - Post some amusing/cute/faily purikura.
Day 19 - Your favorite Japanese character(s) and Gachapon/UFO Catcher toys
Day 20 - Favourite Japanese festival or folklore.

Day 21 - Favorite and least favorite Japanese fashion trends.
Day 22 - Your favorite Japanese saying or kotowaza (proverb).
Day 23 - What is something you have/do in Japan that you wish you had/could do in your home country?
Day 24 - Your favorite Japanese slang or borrow-word (外来語), e.g. セフレ "sex friend"
Day 25 - Most interesting vending machine find.
Day 26 - What's your favorite/least favorite train line.
Day 27 - Place you avoid going to if at all possible.
Day 28 - A picture of you looking like a weaboo/A picture of you trying to blend in and failing.
Day 29 - What's the thing you [will] miss most about Japan when you leave (either on vacation, or move away)?
Day 30 - Did Japan meet your expectations, both good and bad? What has been the most surprising thing about Japan for you, or the thing you least expected?
 
 
 
snakesinspace on 3rd November 2010 15:26 (UTC)
I am interested in the fetish ball! Unfortunately life has other ideas. :)

I have always wanted to go to that festival. They have people dressed like orian in it.

Out of curiosity, have you noticed the festivala getting more crowded and the people watching more rude in your neck of the woods?
Williamgenkischuldich on 7th November 2010 09:40 (UTC)
I'm not sure if I'll go -- it has a strict dress code, albeit one I probably meet on my nights out anyway. Hmm. I might be doing something that weekend too.

I recommend Tokyo Jidai festival -- it's a lot of fun, with great costumes. I have noticed firework festivals getting more crowded, but I attributed it to a shoddy memory. I've found photographers are getting ruder at the parades. They think they can run into the performance areas and around the dancers if they've got a big enough camera...