Kawaii stuffs!

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There is an on-going boom in ‘decoration’ among Japanese women, who are known to love cute things. It is all the fashion to embellish every-day items with beads and rhinestones etc. that sparkle like jewels. The attraction lies in being able to transform smartphone cases and stationery, cosmetics, digital cameras, and so on, into personalized, original items with just a few ideas and a little hand crafting. Just casually carrying your treasure around in the office, or at school, is bound to create a topic of conversation, as people exclaim “Oh! How Cute…” And new decorative accoutrements are coming onto the market, such as shiny, miniature fruits and sweets made of resin.

Beneath one of Osaka’s top class city-center hotels, lies a specialist decoration shop that is popular not only with the Japanese, but also with foreign tourists staying in the hotel. It is strange how your spirits lift just looking at the products in the store, as they sparkle, all decorated with rhinestones; from small & large pieces of furniture such as mirrors and tables, to trinkets such as accessory items etc.

In addition, when you see things like Japanese fans and traditional woven bags remade into Japanese accessories with dazzling stones, it is amazing how traditional Japanese designs and patterns are surprisingly compatible with the decoration. Embellishing items with rhinestones and adding a layer of glamour seems to draw a new charm out of their traditional beauty.

In the shop, you can order decoration to be applied to anything you like. Golf clubs that sparkle with glitter are popular among female golfers. And there are many orders for bottles of champagne decorated with ribbons and the letters “HAPPY BIRTHDAY”, which make good presents to take to a colleague’s birthday party. If you have a mind to try, it is even possible to decorate the interior, or exterior, of a car. If you cover the front grill with rhinestones etc., the chassis sparkles and it improves the look to one of first class quality.

Creds : Web-Japan

 

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WAKUWAKU JAPAN MUSIC FESTIVAL di Jakarta Convention Center, 15 Februari 2014.

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[INFO] Saksikan WAKUWAKU JAPAN MUSIC FESTIVAL di Jakarta Convention Center, 15 Februari 2014.

Menampilkan flumpool, JKT48, Afgan, Bunga Citra Lestari.

Online ticket (mulai dijual 30 Jan 2014, pukul 22:00 WIB):
http://www.javafestivalproduction.com/wakuwaku/

Info: http://www.wakuwakujapan.tv/en/events/20140215_music_festival/

Curry Rice – Japan’s Traditional Dish

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The “national dish” – curry-rice – is said to be eaten by many Japanese people once a week. It’s more than 150 years since the Japanese came across this exotic dish that originated from India. This simple ‘feast’ of cooked rice covered in meat and vegetables boiled in a curry sauce has become one of the mainstays of the Japanese diet and is not only eaten at home and in restaurants around town, but has even made its way as far as space. The Curry Culture knows no bounds, as we create one Japanese dish after another, some of them combining the flavor of traditional dashi(Japanese soup stock) with that of curry.

Passed on by the British 150 Years Ago

Curry came to Japan in the late 19th century. It was introduced by the British, initially as a luxury food, but in due course unique Japanese recipes were created that included meat boiled up with potatoes, onions and carrots, and it became popular as a nutritious meal. Subsequently, we came up with unique, Japanese flavors and curry-rice became a firm favorite in Japanese homes when, in 1963, a mild, instant curry for children came onto the market, replacing the traditional image of “hot curry.” It then went on to be regarded as a national dish.

In view of its flexibility and compatibility with all sorts of food, curry has been mixed with various local ingredients to create local specialty curries throughout Japan. Some of the popular ones arekaki-curry boiled up with salt-water oysters, andJapanese wagyu-curry that uses the finest grade of Japanese beef as a real luxury. Boil-in-the-bag versions of these curries can also be found in many specialty shops in Tokyo.

There is also a curry developed by a leading food manufacturer especially for those staying on the International Space Station (ISS). This curry has a stronger, spicy flavor than the curry on earth to compensate for the dull sense of taste caused by changes in the balance of fluids in the human body in outer space. The curry helps to supplement nutrients that tend to be lacking on-board, and includes many additives such as ukon(wild turmeric), calcium and vitamin D.

One of the great appeals of curry-rice is that you are free to enjoy it as you please, boiling up your own selection of ingredients such as meat, sea-food, or vegetables etc., and popping them on top of your rice. Katsu-curry is a dish topped with hearty, pork cutlets, which is popular outside of Japan too.

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Hearty katsu-curry. A delicious smelling, fried pork cutlet is one of the most popular toppings

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Space Curry – developed for astronauts (Photo courtesy of House Foods)

Curry Soba and Curry Ramen

Although we use the overall term curry-rice, there are in fact several variations. There is soup-curry, where rice is soaked up in a smooth, easy-to-eat soup-style curry. Then there is “dry-curry” where rice is stir-fried with ground beef, chopped vegetables and nuts. And well-established stores throughout Japan are proud to provide them for the discerning palate. “white curry” has hit the spotlight in recent years. This has a white sauce base and its color is nothing like curry, making it seems a bit odd, but its mellow taste is attracting more and more fans.

Meanwhile, along with the spread of curry-rice, curry flavor has also been added to various Japanese dishes and transformed them. First on the list of popular dishes that appeared shortly after curry was introduced to Japan at the beginning of the 20th century were curry udon and curry soba, combining curry with udon or soba noodles. The delicate taste of Japanese dashi (soup stock) goes really well with the flavor of curry and in recent years “curry pot,” where meat and vegetables, or fish, are all cooked up in a single pot, have become a staple dish, popular throughout homes and bars.

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Left: There are many versions of curry-rice, like this soup curry

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Traditional Japanese udon noodles, combined with curry and reborn with the exciting taste of curry-udon

In addition, in recent years “curry ramen” has been all the rage, combining curry and ramen. Once you taste this combination of curry and Chinese soup, you are addicted. Curry Cup Noodles are where curry ramen originated and in the 40 years since their release they have enjoyed on-going popularity, with more varieties created such as spicy ones and those with cheese added.

Curry bread is a fried bread roll that contains a dry-ish curry; and since its debut in the early 20th century, it has been much-loved as a snack that can be enjoyed any time.

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First launched 40 years ago – “Curry Cup Noodle” © Nissin Foods Holdings Co.

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Dig in! A savory curry bread roll, fried in

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The development of instant curry roux has spread curry culture throughout the Japanese

 

Creds : Web-Japan

 

VAMPS Live in Koko, London, on March 28th 2014

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Get ready to all VAMPS Fans in UK, Hyde and KAZ ready to bite you!

VAMPS IS COMING BACK TO LONDON!!

On 28th Mar, VAMPS will be playing at KOKO, London.
ONE NIGHT IN EUROPE ONLY!!

Pre-sale: 22nd Jan, 2014
On-sale: 24th Jan, 2014

KOKO, London
http://www.koko.uk.com/listings/vamps-jpn-28-03-2014

LIVE NATION
http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/vamps-jpn–tickets

Creds : VAMPS International Official FB FanPage

NihonGo LetsGo! [1st Chapter]

So, hello everyone. Welcome to the first chapter of NihonGo-LetsGo!
Let me explain this thing a bit, NihonGo LetsGo is one of program from Japan Addict Indonesia, where you can learn Japanese language. So, if you’re interested in Japanese language, don’t forget to always stay tune on our website every Thursday. This program is for beginners, if you want an advance, you can wait until our next updates 🙂

So, lets begin, NihonGo-Let’sGo!

In this basic 1. I will introduce hiragana and katakana.

Hiragana

a i u e o ya yu yo

a [a]

i [i]

u [u͍]

e [e]

o [o]
 
K
ka [ka]

ki [ki]

ku [ku͍]

ke [ke]

ko [ko]
きゃ
kya [kʲa]
きゅ
kyu [kʲu͍]
きょ
kyo [kʲo]
S
sa [sa]

shi [ɕi]

su [su͍]

se [se]

so [so]
しゃ
sha [ɕa]
しゅ
shu [ɕu͍]
しょ
sho [ɕo]
T
ta [ta]

chi [ t͡ɕi]

tsu [ t͡su͍]

te [te]

to [to]
ちゃ
cha [ t͡ɕa]
ちゅ
chu [ t͡ɕu͍]
ちょ
cho [ t͡ɕo]
N
na [na]

ni [ni]

nu [nu͍]

ne [ne]

no [no]
にゃ
nya [nʲa]
にゅ
nyu [nʲu͍]
にょ
nyo [nʲo]
H
ha [ha]
([wa] as particle)

hi [çi]

fu [ɸu͍]

he [he]
([e] as particle)

ho [ho]
ひゃ
hya [ça]
ひゅ
hyu [çu͍]
ひょ
hyo [ço]
M
ma [ma]

mi [mi]

mu [mu͍]

me [me]

mo [mo]
みゃ
mya [mʲa]
みゅ
myu [mʲu͍]
みょ
myo [mʲo]
Y
ya [ja]
 
yu [ju͍]
 
yo [jo]
 
R
ra [ɽa]

ri [ɽi]

ru [ɽu͍]

re [ɽe]

ro [ɽo]
りゃ
rya [ɽʲa]
りゅ
ryu [ɽʲu͍]
りょ
ryo [ɽʲo]
W
wa [wa]

i/wi [(w)i]
 
e/we [(w)e]

o/wo [(w)o] (particle)
 

n
[n] [m] [ŋ] before stop consonants;
[ɴ] [ũ͍] [ĩ] elsewhere

(indicates a geminate consonant)

(reduplicates and
unvoices syllable)

(reduplicates and
voices syllable)
 
Diacritics (gojūon with (han)dakuten) Digraphs with diacritics (yōon with (han)dakuten)
a i u e o ya yu yo
G
ga [ɡa]

gi [ɡi]

gu [ɡu͍]

ge [ɡe]

go [ɡo]
ぎゃ
gya [ɡʲa]
ぎゅ
gyu [ɡʲu͍]
ぎょ
gyo [ɡʲo]
Z
za [za]

ji [d͡ʑi]

zu [zu͍]

ze [ze]

zo [zo]
じゃ
ja [d͡ʑa]
じゅ
ju [d͡ʑu͍]
じょ
jo [d͡ʑo]
D
da [da]

ji [d͡ʑi]

zu [zu͍]

de [de]

do [do]
ぢゃ
ja [d͡ʑa]
ぢゅ
ju [d͡ʑu͍]
ぢょ
jo [d͡ʑo]
B
ba [ba]

bi [bi]

bu [bu͍]

be [be]

bo [bo]
びゃ
bya [bʲa]
びゅ
byu [bʲu͍]
びょ
byo [bʲo]
P
pa [pa]

pi [pi]

pu [pu͍]

pe [pe]

po [po]
ぴゃ
pya [pʲa]
ぴゅ
pyu [pʲu͍]
ぴょ
pyo [pʲo]
V  
vu/u [v(u͍)]
Hiragana[1]
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U+304x  
U+305x
U+306x
U+307x
U+308x
U+309x    

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Katakana

Monographs (gojūon) Digraphs (yōon)
a i u e o ya yu yo

a [a]

i [i]

u [u͍]

e [e]

o [o]
 
K
ka [ka]

ki [ki]

ku [ku͍]

ke [ke]

ko [ko]
キャ
kya [kʲa]
キュ
kyu [kʲu͍]
キョ
kyo [kʲo]
S
sa [sa]

shi [ɕi]

su [su͍]

se [se]

so [so]
シャ
sha [ɕa]
シュ
shu [ɕu͍]
ショ
sho [ɕo]
T
ta [ta]

chi [t͡ɕi]

tsu [t͡su͍]

te [te]

to [to]
チャ
cha [t͡ɕa]
チュ
chu [t͡ɕu͍]
チョ
cho [t͡ɕo]
N
na [na]

ni [nʲi]

nu [nu͍]

ne [ne]

no [no]
ニャ
nya [ɲa]
ニュ
nyu [ɲu͍]
ニョ
nyo [ɲo]
H
ha [ha]

hi [çi]

fu [ɸu͍]

he [he]

ho [ho]
ヒャ
hya [ça]
ヒュ
hyu [çu͍]
ヒョ
hyo [ço]
M
ma [ma]

mi [mi]

mu [mu͍]

me [me]

mo [mo]
ミャ
mya [mʲa]
ミュ
myu [mʲu͍]
ミョ
myo [mʲo]
Y
ya [ja]
[n 1]
yu [ju͍]
[n 1]
yo [jo]
 
R
ra [ɽa]

ri [ɽi]

ru [ɽu͍]

re [ɽe]

ro [ɽo]
リャ
rya [ɽʲa]
リュ
ryu [ɽʲu͍]
リョ
ryo [ɽʲo]
W
wa [wa]

wi [i][n 2]
[n 1]
we [e][n 2]

wo [o][n 2]
 
Monographs with diacritics: gojūon with (han)dakuten Digraphs with diacritics: yōon with (han)dakuten
a i u e o ya yu yo
G
ga [ɡa]

gi [ɡi]

gu [ɡu͍]

ge [ɡe]

go [ɡo]
ギャ
gya [ɡʲa]
ギュ
gyu [ɡʲu͍]
ギョ
gyo [ɡʲo]
Z
za [za]

ji [d͡ʑi]

zu [zu͍]

ze [ze]

zo [zo]
ジャ
ja [d͡ʑa]
ジュ
ju [d͡ʑu͍]
ジョ
jo [d͡ʑo]
D
da [da]

ji [d͡ʑi][n 3]

zu [zu͍][n 3]

de [de]

do [do]
ヂャ
ja [d͡ʑa][n 3]
ヂュ
ju [d͡ʑu͍][n 3]
ヂョ
jo [d͡ʑo][n 3]
B
ba [ba]

bi [bi]

bu [bu͍]

be [be]

bo [bo]
ビャ
bya [bʲa]
ビュ
byu [bʲu͍]
ビョ
byo [bʲo]
P
pa [pa]

pi [pi]

pu [pu͍]

pe [pe]

po [po]
ピャ
pya [pʲa]
ピュ
pyu [pʲu͍]
ピョ
pyo [pʲo]

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So, thats all wrapped for all this Basic 1 NihonGo LetsGo, try to memorize them in a week or two weeks. Then I will see you again next week 🙂

Source : Wikipedia

By : Meguchixoxo

Special Offer From One Ok Rock For US Fans: Exclusive T-shirt With Band’s Logo

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Today, rock band One Ok Rock has announced a special sale for US fans. An exclusive T-shirt with the band’s logo can be purchased by new application Sidestep for iPhone and Android.

The fans, who attending to LA and NY concert, have a chance to receive the item at the show.

One Ok Rock will perform two shows in the States: New York and Los Angeles on February 7 and 9.

To download the application follow the links bellow.

iPhone: http://bit.ly/1h9Ogkm
Android: http://bit.ly/18m5EOE

Creds: JpopAsia