10 Albums That Prove 1997 was one of uk rock’s best years

Interesting article from Pitchfork.

https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/1446-10-albums-that-prove-1997-was-one-of-uk-rocks-best-years/

As it happens, I was 26, and one of the years I invested a lot of my time and money to listening to music.

For me, the Chemical brothers and Radiohead are the top two and still shine after 20 years.

Also interesting is that I just noticed that Mogwai’s cover has “Fuji Bank” (Fuji Ginko) on it. The bank does not longer exist and this blog post tracks the location of the photo.

 

君の名 Your name on Japanese TV

The movie “Your Name” was on TV during the new year vacation and attracted a lot of attention and sponsors.

As I am not a big fan of Manga and Anime, I will ignore the movie and story.

What was mostly interesting for me are the TV Commercials that were created especially for the time slots.

The CM that shined in my opinion was from Softbank:

Brompton Cycling

Using my Brompton Bicycle very often.

During my vacation, I travel to different locations in Tokyo (by Train), and cycle around there. Besides enjoying the scenery and good food (which of course I plan ahead where to eat), I really enjoy the experience.

Unfortunately, I realized I don’t take enough photos during these trip.

The following are the two only photos I took from my Asakusa (浅草)area tour.

 

Brompton

 

Sky Tree

 

Japanese Television – fluff

Watched FujiTV this morning. Every Saturday morning they have their regular show which has a “travel abroad” corner. It is usually a way to promote a specific airline or travel services. This time it was Polish Airlines, destination Amsterdam.

Let’s ignore the fact that there are direct flights to Amsterdam, and focus on contents.

Amsterdam – What comes to mind?
Kracht, boat tour, museums, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Anne Frank and more.

Now what did the TV show presented. Steak Fondue, Sweets, and Miffy  (which is actually in Utrecht).

Make me wonder who is the target audience of this TV show and are they so shallow that Art and history is not important, just Instagram opportunities.

TV shrinks your brain.

Wake up call from North Korea

While waking up at my hotel in Singapore, received notifications about missile Launch from North Korea.
Areas that may be affected did not include Tokyo.

Took 7 minutes from the initial warning, which I understand was 3 minutes delayed, till I got the second notification that the missile has passed Japan.

Did it really take 3 minutes from Launch till I got the alert?
Is it because it was Yahoo based and not local Cellphone towers alert?
3 minutes is a long time, 7 minutes is even longer.

 

Netflix Million Yen Women

In Japanese, it is 100万円の女たち  。 

Watched it almost back to back and finished within a week. Loved the story and characters, except the main male character who is obviously not a good actor.

Without spoilers it is difficult to explain further, but I definitely liked the first several episodes over the last.

5 women pay a writer a Million yen every month, no explanations and no questions are allowed. We learn a bit about each character as the story develops and experience also the writing process, the publishing world and the success that ensues.
The women are committed to assist the writer with his writing and make him successful.

Especially liked the character of 白川美波 (Shirakawa Minami) played by the model actress Fukushima Rila. (福島 リラ)

 

Not a Bonsai

Have a tiny pomegranate tree in a plant pot in my garden.

A very small tree with small leaf, small flowers and fruit. As we don’t really handle it correctly, it is just a tiny tree, not a Bonsai. Now I wish I knew how to do it right.

 

pomegranate

pomegranate

Suspense book – Grasshopper by Isaka Kotaro

His new book AX is in the best selling list, so I thought I might as well try reading Japanese suspense books.

Started with Grasshopper (グラスホッパー) which tells the story of Suzuki, Semi (蝉, Cicada) and Kujira (鯨, Whale).

Kujira kills people by “convincing” them to commit suicide, Semi kills people with a knife and Suzuki entered this world to avenge the murder of his wife.

As expected, story and literary value is not satisfying, but I keep on reading. Partially to learn words and situations I am still not familiar with (crime and police), partially because I keep waiting for something to happen

 

 

Study Kanji with Bowel movement

A new hype which was shown on TV and now accompanies with ads in the train is a Study book for children.

How to motivate kids to study the Chinese Characters, Kanji?   Obviously うんこ, feces, bowel movement, or whatever you want to call it.

https://unkokanji.com/  is the website which promotes the books and has several examples of sentences to remember the Kanji.

 

Does not work for me, but definitely caught the attention of the media