Category Archives: Everything Japanese

Movie: Assassination Classroom (Ansatsu Kyoshitsu)

Update: The review for the second movie, Assassination Classroom: Graduation, is over here. I watched the movie Assassination Classroom (暗殺教室 , Ansatsu Kyoshitsu) when it aired in the cinemas. I was really excited to be able to catch this in the theatres. The movie is an adaptation of the still on-going manga of the same name by 松井優征 (Matsui Yuusei)…. Read more »

Vocabs: Arashi songs – Fly

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Fly is one of the coupling songs in the Limited Edition single of GUTS by Arashi. I really love this song, the tune is catchy and upbeat. It’s my favourite out of all the tracks in GUTS, coming a close second would be GUTS though. The single was released in 2014, you can still get the LE from PlayAsia, whereas… Read more »

Breath Palette – Toothpaste with a Difference

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Breath palette - Bitter Chocolate and L'Espresso

Ok. It may seem weird that I’m talking about toothpaste in this blog. But hey, it’s a Japanese brand toothpaste that exhibits the elegant simplicity and attention to detail in a most Japanesque way; so I think it’s justified! I chanced upon this product while shopping in Tokyuu Hands (here for the SG website, here for the Japan website). I… Read more »

Nintendo to Unveil Pokemon game for mobile

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If there’s any RPG that I love the most, it’ll be Nintendo’s Pokemon series. From the days I’ve spent looking over people’s shoulders to watch them play on their gameboy… to all the times I tried (unsuccessfully) to convince my parents to buy me one. There’s something about that catch ’em all, grind, and beat ’em all concept that just… Read more »

Perfume is on Apple’s iPhone 6s Advertisement!

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Apple fans might know this already… but the Japanese electropop sensation Perfume appeared on Apple’s new iPhone 6s advertisement! I was watching the keynote last night, when Apple showed off their new iPhone ad. And for a split second (ok, just a tad exaggerated, but it really was just a fleeting glimpse), I thought I saw three girls with the… Read more »

JPOP: Arashi’s new album, Japonism to be released on the 21st of Oct 2015

So… Arashi’s new album has been announced! The album is titled “Japonism (ジャポニズム)”, and will be released on the 21st of October. What’s Japonism? I turned to good ol’ wikipedia to find out: Japonism (from the French Japonisme, first used in 1872) is the influence of Japanese art, fashion and aesthetics on Western culture. The term is used particularly to… Read more »

Japanese Through Songs!

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Heeey! This is my first ever contribution to our site! (wooah~) And this entry will be all about learning Japanese! Like J, I’m also a beginner in learning Japanese, despite my 10 years of exposure to anime, manga, and doramas. But I have always been content with subtitles, that I never really bothered to learn. All throughout the years, I… Read more »

Book/Guide: Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese Grammar

Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese Grammar is one of the best, general use Japanese grammar guides I’ve seen. The guide caters to learners of all different levels, from the very new beginners, to the advanced learners. I’ve been reading the guide myself for some time and I’ve found it to be very informative. Practice exercises and reviews are available too,… Read more »

TV Show: Aiba Manabu, a short introduction

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Aiba Manabu (相葉マナブ) is a variety show hosted by Aiba Masaki. The show is produced by TV Asahi, and it started on the 21st of April, 2013. It’s a 30 minute show that airs from 6 pm to 6:30 pm every Sunday. Manabu, or 学ぶ, means to learn. And that is precisely what the show is about. Aiba learns about… Read more »

TV Show/Vocabs: Ninosan 3rd & 10th May 2015

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So I’ll like to do a brief review on two episodes of Ninosan. Why two episodes in one post? Because of the format of the show. It’s one theme every two weeks, with the second week being a direct continuation of the first. Read an introduction of the show here. Anyway, the show this time is about behind the scenes… Read more »