Blog: Countdown to Are You Happy?

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10 more days till the release of the “Are You Happy?” album! あさです Don’t you get it MV 大宮のわちゃわちゃとか5人のアピールとか大野さんのダンスとか pic.twitter.com/s4CVyJcF4i — 青 あ め (@wtamst) October 12, 2016 嵐 Don’t you get it MV Oha4+めざましアクア めっちゃかわいい😂 pic.twitter.com/i9LkldMZ7u — けんけん (@ken2020_n) October 12, 2016 MV previews for the lead song, “Don’t You Get It” is out and it looks like a… Read more »

Vocabs: Taste your food

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Ah the food of life! We all eat. To get nutrients, to satisfy our hunger… But how do you describe food in Japanese? This list will teach you just that. 味覚 (みかく, mikaku) – taste; palate; sense of taste 味 (あじ, aji) – flavor; flavour; taste What’s the difference between 味覚 and 味? 味覚 is referring to yourself, your sense of taste, whereas 味 is referring… Read more »

Gummy Grandma Christmas!

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A friend shared this really hilarious meme to me, and I just had to share it here. Oh the things that can happen when you don’t know the language! Gummies? Grandma? In Tokyo? During Christmas? It’s funny that I see a number of people asking about this sentence, because apparently it never gets subbed in animes. Or TV shows. Because…… Read more »

The curious case of the Potato Starch

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A while back, someone asked in a group chat what ‘katakuriko’ meant. Of course, I turned to my favorite Japanese dictionary site, jisho.org, to find out. Turns out that katakuriko, or 片栗粉, means potato starch. Eh? Potato starch? But potato is じゃが芋 (jagaimo)… How did potato starch become 片栗粉? So I did my research. Not that I have to look far though, because… Read more »

News: Arashi to release new album, “Are You Happy?”, on 26th of Oct 2016

Pre-order links available below! Arashi’s new album entitled “Are You Happy?” will be released on the 26th of October 2016. The new album follows behind the wakes of highly thematic albums “Love”, “Digitalian”, and “Japonism”. This album promises to have a wide appeal, allowing the masses to resonate with the album. The basis of this album is “listening to music is… Read more »

Blog: Japonism Concert DVD!

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Hey! It’s been a while since my last post here… I got my Japonism DVD from CDJapan one day after the release date! One thing I love about CDJapan… The EMS shipping is fast. In the past, they shipped Arashi releases on the Saturday before it was released, but I think fans and JE got unset because those overseas got… Read more »

Breaking News: SMAP to disband on 31st Dec 2016

After the rumours started early this year… This time, it’s for real. SMAP will disband on the 31st of Dec, 2016. Faxes have gone out to the media, it has been reported on NHK, it’s out in the newspapers and most importantly the breakup notice has been posted on the official JE website, Johnny’s Net.. It’s as official as official can… Read more »

News: Arashi’s 50th single Power of the Paradise to be released on 14th Sept 2016

Update: Pre-order links added below! Japanese boy band Arashi will release their 50th single, Power of the Paradise on the 14th of September 2016. This follows their performance of the song on The Music Day earlier last month. “Power of Paradise” will be the NTV theme song for Rio Olympics 2016, in which band member and newscaster Sakurai Sho will be… Read more »

Magazine: Hir@gana Times – Great Japanese Learning Resource!

I came across the Hir@gana Times magazines while browsing in Kinokuniya the other day. It advertises itself as being a magazine for ‘read Japanese study’. Curious, I decided to buy a copy. It wasn’t cheap for sure, SGD 11.50 for a thin magazine. It was even more expensive than the other magazines with Arashi in it, considering the thickness. Intrigued… Read more »

News: Arashi’s Japonism Concert DVD/Blu-ray to be released on 24th Aug 2016

Japonism Concert Blu-ray

Update: Pre-order links below! Update: Cover designs released! The much awaited Japonism concert DVD and Blu-ray of the popular Japanese boyband Arashi will be released next month, on the 24th of August 2016. The ARASHI LIVE TOUR 2015 Japonism was held last year from 6th Nov to 27th Dec in Japan. They held a total of 17 performances in all the… Read more »