Archive for September, 2005

Ainori #286

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

Ainori is a popular reality show in Japan, aired on Fuji TV on Monday 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, not to mention a translation of the weekly photo captions. Enjoy, and don’t hesitate to post any comments or questions you may have.


WARNING! THIS IS A SPOILER!


Hide

Aya

What do you know? This guy’s alive, and has feelings, too! Finally, Hide, after riding the Love Bus across 12 countries, has found love. His sweety is Aya, the shy girl. Everything is at a very preliminary stage, but Hide seems quite sure about it. I think he fell for her when he talked to her about how she was reserved. The poor girl, who has problems speaking her mind out loud in groups, was crying, not knowing what do do. Hide did his best to cheer her up, and share his own experience of Ainori. According to him, the moment he will declare his feelings might come pretty soon. To be continued…

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 :-)

Cubic watermelon

Monday, September 19th, 2005

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

I went shopping today and I saw this baby. According to Wikipedia , farmers of the Zentsuji region found a way to grow them, by growing the fruits in glass boxes and letting them naturally assume the shape of the receptacle. The square shape supposedly makes the melons easier to stack and store, but the square watermelons are often more than double the price of normal ones, which are already quite pricy. I wonder if it’s really worth it.

Can you guess what this is? #2

Sunday, September 18th, 2005

I’m not entirely sure if this is a Japanese invention, but it’s interesting anyway. Ok, people, can you guess what that pole with a u-shaped end I’m holding is?

Hint: There are two in the teachers’ room at my school.
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Ainori #285

Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

Ainori is a popular reality show in Japan, aired on Fuji TV on Monday 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, not to mention a translation of the weekly photo captions. Enjoy, and don’t hesitate to post any comments or questions you may have.


WARNING! THIS IS A SPOILER!

What a change, boys and girls. The boys have left Bahrain and took a plane to Russia, not to mention the long-awaited new girl members have joined them. They are now at the mercy of a non-English speaking Russian driver, but a least they get to see a truly wonderful country, far from what anyone could have imagined during the cold war. Ok, enough rambling, let me introduce the girls.

Mie
Miho “Mie” Tanaka, from Osaka. A really pretty girl with a strong Kansai accent. She’s 22, and an office worker for a bedding manufacturer. She wears a very sexy navel ring, and has a very nice smile. Her motto is: “I’m gonna get my darling”. Definitely my favorite among the new girls, and I’m not the only one. More on that later…

Ume Yukari “Umechan” Umeda, from Shiga prefecture. A chubby girl with a very nice smile, she’s a 20 year old college student. Her motto is: “Happiness is eating, laughing and sleeping”. When she met the group, she was so overwhelmed she went hysterical for a few minutes. Apparently, she never had a boyfriend. She’s gonna be fun to watch.

Aya Aya Kobayashi, 25, from Nagano prefecture . She’s a cute, but very, very shy hairstylist. Her motto is: “I wanna find happiness”. Uncomfortable in groups, she seems more talkative in a one-on-one situation. When she met the group, she had quite some trouble introducing herself, and the others were a bit taken aback by that. She has a reputation for being cold, and apparently joined the program to become a friendlier person. Should be interesting.


TK

Mie

From the minute he saw her, TK was all over Mie, and with reason. I think he’s a bit overdoing it, though. The group had some free time during the day, and he invited her for a boat ride, during which he kept talking, and talking, and talking. At dinner, the group started drinking, and the two of them (well, especially him) monopolized the conversation. A bit of vodka got him talking about sex, to the amusement of the two other girls. As far as TK is concerned, she is “the one”, and he’s lauching a full scale attack. We’ll see where that leads him. As for last week’s trailer in which Hide supposedly “met his fate”, don’t get too excited, boys and girls. All we get to know is that he seems to be falling for one of the girls, but they don’t say which one. In any case, with Takano and Omami gone and the arrival to a new country, the atmosphere has completely changed, and for the better.

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 :-)

Can you guess what this is? #1

Saturday, September 10th, 2005

The Japanese can be so practical, sometimes even with the simplest things. I remember when I first saw one of these when I came to Japan. I was with another guy, and we really had no idea until he asked the waitress. Now, I don’t even notice anymore. For all of you who have never been to Japan, can you guess what this is?

Hint: This can be found on most restaurant tables.
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