Archive for August, 2005

Ainori #283

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

Ainori is a popular reality show in Japan, aired on Fuji TV on Tuesday nights at 23:00.

In early August, upon checking my statistics, I noticed my referrers included a message board I had never been to. To my surprise, some non-Japanese fan of Ainori had posted a link to my blog indicating I was talking about each episode in English. Realizing that there must be many fans out there unable to understand Japanese, I decided to write a more detailed account of each episode every week, not to mention a translation of the weekly photo captions. Enjoy, and don’t hesitate to post any comments or questions you may have.

Omami

Hide

Takano

This week Takano was really aggressive, monopolizing Hide as much as she could. Omami got fed up, and she had a really open conversation with Takano, and they sort of agreed upon a truce, letting Hide choose who he’d like to talk to. Hide chose Omami, presumably because he had spent much time with Takano lately. The truce didn’t last long, and pretty soon, Takano was aggressively trying to cut in again, even telling Omami she wasn’t talking to her when Omami told her she’d like to spend a little more time with Hide. Poor Hide was being eaten alive by the two vixens as the hostilities went on, and had a very, very confused look on his face. During one of the conversations with Omami, he finally realized that Omami liked him (about time – everybody had known that for three months already!), not Suuzan. Finally, Takano took the big step, i.e. she went to the Love Bus, asked for the tickets and declared her intentions to Hide. Now, as much as her attitude was despicable, and especially during this episode, I think she made a very good speech to Hide. He, on the other hand, looked really surprised when he heard her say: “I like you very much”. It’s crazy because the girls have been fighting over him for weeks now, and it seemed quite obvious to everybody but him. Next week, finally, we’ll get to find out how one of the most tumultuous Ainori stories will end. And what an ending, boys and girls. I can’t be sure, but from what they showed of next week’s episode, Takano AND Omami were standing next to each other, waiting for Hide to make his appearance. This can only mean one thing: when Omami heard that Takano had asked Hide to go back to Japan with her, she did the same. Are we going to see Hide answer to two declarations of love simultaneously?

Ainori’s official homepage (Japanese only).

This month’s participants.

Ainori’s BT downloads available @ D-Addicts and Saiyaman

Special treat for non-Japanese speakers :-)

The “Bat Van”!?

Monday, August 29th, 2005

Every once in a while, you run into one of those things that make you go “Mmmmmm”…

I didn’t know Batman had a van, too! ;-)



Need a job?

Saturday, August 27th, 2005

As an assistant homeroom teacher, I get to (read: I have to) take part in all the staff meetings at my school, which are usually very long, but very enlightening when it comes to understanding the intricacies of Japanese culture and society. I’m one of the third year teachers, which is the year all my students will graduate. In Japanese high schools, there is a very elaborate system designed to help students choose their future. Whether they will go on to higher education or employment, they are guided on each step of the way, and I mean all the way. This week, I took part in a meeting called “The recommendation meeting”, in which the third year teachers agreed to which companies the students will be sent to work. Oh yeah, you heard me. Rather than putting “Wanted” ads in the newspapers, many companies in Japan send their job availability to high schools, where students can choose work that is fit for them. For example, company X has 10 positions available. The company will send their “ad” to ten schools, and will recruit one student from each of them. So students can choose from a wide range of positions, and indicate 1st choice, 2nd choice, etc. In the meeting we had, we debated which student would be sent to which company, in the case more than one student had indicated 1st choice for the same position. Once students have been assigned to each available position, all they have to do is go take the company examination, and if they pass, they get the job! And that happens months before graduation! I don’t know how it works in your country, but back in Canada, if you don’t go on to college, you have to go find a job and compete against hundreds of job hunters like yourself, AFTER graduation. In Japan, we’re pretty far from the usual “Don’t call us, we’ll call you”, eh?

Typhoon #11

Thursday, August 25th, 2005


The powerful typhoon #11 (English name: Mawar) is upon us! Here in Miyagi we’re lucky, since we only got warnings of heavy rain, thunder and lightning, strong winds, huge waves and floods. We’re also expecting 250 mm by tomorrow morning, but that is nothing compared to southern Japan, where they’re expecting more than 350 mm. While streets are collapsing due to landslides, sand bags are being piled up, people are being evacuated to designated shelters, highways are closed, trains are stopped, planes are grounded, thousands of people are stranded in train stations and airports, wondering if they’ll be able to go home tonight. The typhoon will hit us tomorrow between 6 and 9 AM, and morning classes have been cancelled at my school. I was told I’d still have to be there by 10 o’clock, though, but “only if I don’t have to do the impossible”…

Ainori #282

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

Ainori is a popular reality show in Japan, aired on Fuji TV on Tuesday nights at 23:00.

In early August, upon checking my statistics, I noticed my referrers included a message board I had never been to. To my surprise, some non-Japanese fan of Ainori had posted a link to my blog indicating I was talking about each episode in English. Realizing that there must be many fans out there unable to understand Japanese, I decided to write a more detailed account of each episode every week, not to mention a translation of the weekly photo captions. Enjoy, and don’t hesitate to post any comments or questions you may have.

Omami

Hide

Takano

Good grief! It’s like these guys are back in high school or something! When Takano is talking to Hide, Omami is trying to cut in. When Omami is talking to Hide, Takano is trying to cut in. The two girls hate each other’s guts, giving each other the evil eye, and poor Hide is trying to compensate as much as he can to make both girls happy. He manages to make both of them cry, and as the tension is building up, they’re becoming even more agressive towards each other. It looks like next week, they’ll be exchanging pretty harsh words. I swear, Hide is sitting on a freakin’ time bomb, and somebody is definitely going to get hurt!

Ainori’s official homepage (Japanese only).

This month’s participants.

Ainori’s BT downloads available @ D-Addicts and Saiyaman

Special treat for non-Japanese speakers :-)