Archive for October, 2005

Ainori #290

Monday, October 31st, 2005

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

In August 2005, I discovered that Ainori was not only popular in Japan, but also all over the world thanks to Bit Torrent technology. So I decided to write a summary of each episode, and do a translation of the weekly photo captions from the official site. What do I get out of this? I get to improve my Japanese, I get more traffic to my blog, but above all, I get the satisfaction of knowing many non-Japanese speakers all over the world can appreciate a truly unique reality show. Enjoy, and don’t hesitate to post any comments or questions you may have.

Ainori’s official homepage (Japanese only).

This month’s participants.

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

Ainori #290

WARNING! THIS IS A SPOILER!



“Tonight, on The Ainori Zone…”

Hide

Aya


Arashi


This week was weird… Like twilight zone weird! Where do I start? Arashi mistaking chicken for pork (well, not so surprising for him)! Mie with no make up AND wearing glasses! TK rudely cutting in while Mie and Suuzan were talking! The group meeting the tallest man in the world! The boys wearing tights! The whole group performing ballet in front of a large audience! Oh, and my personal favorite, Hide finally waking up and smelling the coffee! Weeeiiiirrrrd!

TK

Mie

suuzan

Special treat for non-Japanese speakers :-)

Funny English #6

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

Disclaimer:This series is about funny English found in Japan. Japan is notorious for its terrible misuse of English, and sometimes you can really get a good laugh. I’d like to point out something very important, though, WITH THIS SERIES I DO NOT INTEND TO MAKE FUN OF JAPANESE PEOPLE. As an English teacher, it would be unethical for me to do so, and as a language learner, I wouldn’t like anybody to make fun of me, either. What I’m making fun of are THE STUPID COMPANIES WHO ARE EITHER TOO CHEAP OR TOO LAZY TO HAVE THEIR ENGLISH CHECKED OUT BEFORE THEY USE IT. I mean, how much time and money does it take to have someone proof read a couple of sentences, or sometimes even single words?

These have got to be the two products with the worst names in Japan, ever!


Pocari Sweat“. They call it like that because it’s supposed to help recover watery fluids after you sweat a lot. It took me two years before I had the guts to try it out. It’s not bad actually.


Creap“: Short for “Creamy Powder”. Use it when you serve coffee to people you really don’t like.

The last stretch…

Friday, October 28th, 2005

Well, that’s it! The dealine to mail my final assignment to complete my M.A. in Applied Linguistics is in one week from now. Three years of madness! It’s an elective class, mind you, so there’s not too much pressure. Still, I’ll be really, really glad when it’s over. Working more than 60 hours a week and trying to study at the same time is insane!


Deadline to mail the last assignment for my MA

Ainori #289

Monday, October 24th, 2005

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

In August 2005, I discovered that Ainori was not only popular in Japan, but also all over the world thanks to Bit Torrent technology. I decided to write a summary of each episode, and do a translation of the weekly photo captions from the official site. What do I get out of this? I get to improve my Japanese, I get more traffic to my blog, but above all, I get the satisfaction of knowing many non-Japanese speakers all over the world can appreciate a truly unique reality show. Enjoy, and don’t hesitate to post any comments or questions you may have.

Ainori’s official homepage (Japanese only).

This month’s participants.

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

Ainori #289

WARNING! THIS IS A SPOILER!


Hide

Aya


Arashi

Oh, boy! Here we go again… Hide still has no clue as to what is going on. Aya and Arashi are obviously getting closer, and it seems he’s getting some bad vibe about them, but he can’t see it clearly. Umechan is a smart girl, she knows what’s going on. She even tried to help Hide and Aya spend some time together by asking Arashi to race her. She’s so sweet. Yep, Hide will definitly be on the show for a while…

TK

Mie

suuzan

Now here’s the funny thing: TK has started suffering from the infamous Hide syndrome. Mie confided to him crying that she was having trouble showing her affection to the guy she likes. She’s was obviously talking about Suuzan, but TK is now convinced that she likes him! Good grief, this is getting quite interesting…

Special treat for non-Japanese speakers :-)

Japanese Christmas Decorations

Saturday, October 22nd, 2005

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

Christmas Rabbit
A Christmas rabbit!? Confusion with Easter, maybe?

Christmas Pegasus
A Christmas Pegasus!? I give up!