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 »

Book: Japanese English Bilingual Visual Dictionary (DK Visual Dictionaries)

Hi all! This week I’ll be introducing a book! The Japanese English Bilingual Visual Dictionary (DK Visual Dictionaries) is a wonderful resource for beginners to intermediate/advanced learners alike. With a wide range of vocabulary, this visual dictionary will help greatly in your quest to expand your Japanese vocabulary. Think of the themed list we have here. Only multiply that by 300. And put… Read more »

News: Arashi’s new single Power of the Paradise revealed!

The Japanese boyband Arashi has revealed their new single “Power of the Paradise” on the live music show “The Music Day”. The show features a wide range of Japanese artists performing 11 hours of songs, and featured Arashi member Sakurai Sho as the main host. Arashi finished off the song extravaganza with a powerful performance of three songs, “Daylight“, “I… Read more »

Vocabs: Under the Sea 5

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河豚 (ふぐ, fugu) – puffer fish; blow fish; fugu; globefish; swellfish 眼梶木 (めかじき, mekajiki) – swordfish (Xiphias gladius); broadbill 梶木 (かじき, kajiki) – marlin; swordfish; spearfish; sailfish 帆立 (ほたて, hotate) – Japanese scallop (Patinopecten yessoensis); Yesso scallop 螺貝 (つぶがいt, subugai) – whelk (esp. Neptunea and Buccinum spp.) 雲丹 (うに, uni) – sea urchin; sea urchin eggs 蛍烏賊 (ほたるいか, hotaru ika) – firefly squid (Watasenia scintillans); sparkling enope… Read more »