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Summer Japanese Jam-sesh (DOPENESS×BOSE×QN)







As a musician I’ve been there.  The beers flowing, a warm breeze rolls through like a blanket over a sleeping child, and all is right with the world.  Everything clicks, connects, and the senses mingle releasing one’s thoughts from past and future.  That moment and that night, the next note wrong or right, are all that matter.  People join in as new friends of the song.  Everyone’s banging or tapping something regardless of if they can play.  The rhythms right and the Jam-sesh is on.

For me this Jam-session video is the epitome of that end of summer vibe.  I know the summer isn’t over yet but a Friday in august gives me that feel.  I did some research on the place where this video takes place.  It’s pretty much my heaven.  It is so epic that it requires its own post which I intend to do ASAP.  I actually need time to consider whether or not I should reveal this precious gem’s location.  I don’t want my heavenly paradise crowded up with tourists now do I.  Hmmm… on second thought I’d be a tourist as well.  But then again I could always call the universal law of “Finders Keepers.”  I’m in a good mood though so lets see what happens.

The video features, as the title illustrates, Dopeness, Bose, and QN.  I’ve dabbled with a bunch of their stuff and find most of it to have a killer style.  However, I’m no expert in their bodies of work.  I’m not sure who the musicians are in the video but it really doesn’t matter. They hit that flow that usually comes around when no one has a camera and the only time the jam will ever be heard is the first and last time its played.

Thank 神様 someone had a camera.

In the background of this video you’ll see U-zhaan, a world renowned Tabla player who studied and lived in India.

AP_Drum_U-Zhaan“U-zhaan (Hironori Yuzawa) is considered to be one of Japan’s foremost tabla players. He is a disciple of the legendary tabla maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee.  He has also studied seriously with the world renowned maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain. U-zhaan’s many projects and collaborations, span the wide array of genre in Japan. From the traditional music of Japan and Classical music of India, to modern fusion and contemporary music, his tasteful and inspiring musicianship shines through, touching everyone who comes to listen.” (The above is an excerpt from

My favorite part of the entire video, besides everything, is the clearly drunk girl yelling in reply ” 楽しい、楽しい” at 2:03.

Just another piece of JP gomi.


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Masako Yasumoto – Contemporary dance –










I started this blog off with a link to South Park and now I’m on the topic of contemporary dance.  Weird huh?  What can I say?  I’m into everything.  The real idea behind this blog was to illustrate that you never know where you can learn something.  As the Japanese say, “Everyone is your master.”  This means you can learn from everyone and everything.  As I rummage through wifi-ethernet-garbage I come across things of interest that I hope others might enjoy as well.  So here we are.

If your like me the first time you came across a piece of work like Masako Yasumoto’s, was in a video like this –

I’m 90% sure that’s not her.  I think that’s just a dance enthusiast with a similar style.  One of the best examples of this beautiful art is a video I found of Masako Yasumoto dancing to Shiina Ringo’s (椎名 裕美子) song Poltergeist.  The song is from the album “karuki zamen kuri no hana.”  The reason this video is so great is because every form of art used in its construction is masterfully executed.  As you’ll see the video is enthralling because of not only the music and dancing, but also the film work.  Although I’ve always been a lover of the arts; writing, drawing, and playing music.  I was never that big into dance outside of my typical wedding-crasher-behavior.  That’s not to say I had any less respect for the medium, I was simply never significantly engaged.  However, I know what I like and I like this.

Just another piece of JP gomi.

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MegwinTV at The Olympics Going for Gold.









It’s been a few days since I’ve posted anything.  But its for good reason.  The man has been busy.  Busy doing what you ask?  I’ve been rummaging through the dumpsters and dive bars of the internet to bring you half eaten sandwiches and Iced Beer that’s served in dirty mugs.  I’ve got a little bit of everything for no one in particular.  Some things up on deck:  New and old music I’ve been into lately, TV shows, YouTube channels, an assortment of wild and wacky websites, and maybe even an unmentionable or two.  But for now, since we are all in the Olympic spirit, I’ll start off with something topical.

All right that had absolutely nothing to do with anything.  I just think that’s the greatest video that will ever exist. It proves that if you search long and hard enough you can eventually find the meaning to life on the internet.

What I really wanted to get to was this:


I really want to like this megwin guy but the English subtitles are killing me.  But his YouTube channel has an insane amount of videos ranging from the purely stupid, to the educational, to the Da F-#* was that?  But his channel definitely makes a great internet TV.  I just flip through his videos till I see something I like.  Plus everything is kept short to appease all the ADD having internet roamers out there.
Just another piece of JP gomi.





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Bloodthirsty Butchers

I love this band.  But I also hate them because they came up with an awesome band name that I wish I had thought of myself.  The alliteration, the imagery; even the way your mouth moves when you say the words “Bloodthirsty Butchers.” It’s incredible!  With such a great name the music has some big shoes to fill.  Luckily the tunes are up to the challenge.  This style of Japanese rock is hard to even describe.  In my limited writing capacity I could never do the music justice.  But I’ll try to give my 2 cents.  At times you can hear hints of Shonen Knife, Sonic Youth, Pearl Jam, Cat Power, The Breeders, and a spectrum of other bands that blend into an emotionally powerful sound.  I have no basis for saying this but I feel not many people know of this group.  If that’s true, I hope I can introduce this awesome band to a few people.







This last one is the play list I usually just put on and let it ride.

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Cute Girls + Calendar = Japanese Learners Dream (美女暦)

美女暦 - びじょごよみ









Inspiration, motivation, visually-cruel-and-unusual-punishment; call it what you will but I call  美女暦 a Japanese learners dream.  What’s not to like?  No seriously, tell me.  Go ahead, I dare you! That’s what I thought, you got nothing.  The 美女暦 not only tells you the date but does it in face-melting-kawaii-style.  Some may think “this is only useful for guys, and weird guys at that.”  But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.  I first stumbled upon this site because the pictures of some of the girls were in really interesting bars and cafe’s.  In many cases its like getting a tour of an area of Japan by a beautiful private guide.  In addition, for those into Japanese fashion the pictures offer magazine quality shots of what the girls are rocking.









Just clicking around the site you’ll probably pick up a thing or two.  But for me the real benefit of this site in relation to learning Japanese are the blogs and videos associated with each girl.  Although the weekends on the calendar are off days, that still offers hundreds of new sources of media a year.  I particularly like the YouTube videos because the girls speak in such a natural, low, somewhat mumbled manner that is completely different than a scripted TV episode.


Their twitter feed makes it easy to stay informed and connect to the relevant media.  Below is the main page link and the twitter feed link.



美女暦(BIJO ごよみ)|

Just another piece of JP gomi.

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America, Route66, and 山下智久

Route 66











Sometimes when your fully entrenched in learning a language you forget to look around once and a while.  “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Beuller  Although I try to keep an open and socially aware mind, I know I’m often guilty of throwing on the Japanese blinders.  In a way this is good because I replace many of the junk-food aspects of American society with cultural and linguistic knowledge.  There is a difference between knowing whats going on in the world and simply tweeting/facebooking/blogging about every tragedy-made-into-a-late-night-talk-show-farce.  Ignoring most of that Noise, its not news, actually gives me a clearer and more stable perspective on the world.  Surprising what happens when you read books huh?  Any way I’m just blabbering now.  The point of all of this is that when you are learning a language to a high degree its easy to forget how great your own country is.  One of the best ways I’ve found to reinvigorate my home grown love, which in turn spurs my global love, is to view my country through the eyes of a foreigner.


It’s fun and you can’t help but think, “Yea that’s right, we done it, word to big bird.”  Maybe some people just call that emotion pride.  But Buddhist teachings warn of the  dangers of pride.  Or was that master Yoda?  Any way here’s a cool show/documentary I found of Tomohisa Yamashita driving a 1980 C-20 Chevy across historic Route 66.  Like all Japanese idols this guy is like horse shit; meaning he’s everywhere.  That was just an old term of speech I thought would fit nicely with the western theme of Americana.  Enjoy! America!

I tried to find a picture that looked least like it would be on a 13 yr old Japanese girls bedroom wall. It was pretty much impossible.


For the record, he actually seemed like a decent dude who legitimately was interested in learning about the world and its people.  Had to clarify because usually I have a hate for all pop idols regardless of nationality.


120513 ルート66.たったひとりのアメリカ.特別編_在线视频观看_土豆网视频 20120513 ルート66 山下智久.


Just another piece of JP gomi.

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Detroit Metal City – デトロイト・メタル・シティ

Johannes Krauser Rocking Out

Every so often a piece of work comes along that blows the ball-hairs off its medium.  Detroit Metal City is one of those pieces of work.  When describing DMC words like raunchy, raw, rude, and destructively intense come to mind.  Yet on the other hand I can’t help but think of the work as delightful, revealing, hilarious, and imaginatively brilliant.  In reality the show is a lot like being tortuously tickled by a bull-whip wielding dominatrix; your being assaulted yet it’s what you’ve always wanted.

When I first discovered DMC I couldn’t ever imagine that such a cartoon could come out of the Japanese scene.  I mean sure Japanese cartoons have been notoriously known for their adult content and visceral depictions of sex and violence for years.  But Detroit Metal City uses those elements in order to tell the story and deliver the message.  It’s the sharp and biting satire that makes this show a stand out hit for me.  Plus like there 社長 says, they are “ファッキンクレージーガイズ。”  So maybe it’s the kick-ass metal music that makes me love this series.


So the subs are in Chinese(and minimal English); so what, big whoop, you want to fight about it? I prefer it like this sometimes because it makes me concentrate on listening and I get to enjoy the movie/show instead of just reading what pops up.  Subs are great for learning and reviewing but, for me at least, they detract from the epic-ness of the movie.  Although there is so much epic-ness in DMC you probably wouldn’t even notice, why take the chance?

Detroit Metal City Live Action Movie in 4 parts:

Where do I even find these things?  Oh yea, the internet.


Detroit Metal City – デトロイト・メタル・シティ Part 1/4


Detroit Metal City Part 2


Detroit Metal City part 3


Detroit Metal City Part 4/4
Just another piece of JP gomi.