So as I was working diligently through (read: um…looking around the room for ways to procrastinate), I happened to look over at my shelf of manga…and realized I could actually read some of the names now! For example, “River Meadow” or “Craft Many”….or something like that ^-^
Anyway, it’s a little bit of encouragement that I needed. ♥
Sometimes, I just feel like this…
RTK’s going to get me….someday.
J Love ‘n Ballad – Part One
8tracks is a music mix site I discovered a couple of months ago–and as a continual searcher of ways to implement Japanese into my life, I figured this site couldn’t hurt 😉 Plus, it makes a great companion to Pandora, Spotify, and Grooveshark; which are all other GREAT music applications.
On one hand I realize I should be very proud of myself. As of today, I’ve learned over 360 RTK Kanji. I’m over 16% finished with the Joyo Kanji, and I’m seeing more and more kanji that I recognize day by day. Learning 10+ characters day by day, week by week doesn’t frighten me anymore. Sure, I have some bad days and some good days (and all of those days in-between:) but I’m definitely inching along…However, I literally feel like a snail on the race to conquer the Japanese Language!
So, I just realized that I’m missing out on a lot of my Japanese Language journey if I don’t write down what’s going on! I’ve alway admired those people who blog through the process of their learning, so they (and their readers) can look back on just how they got there.
It not only enforces that you (the blogger) are learning something, but I think there is a value in visually SEEING that as well. It’s like graphing your progress in a way, just in written form instead of bars on a chart! (Although, that wouldn’t be a bad idea sometime…hmmm…future blog idea? ^-^)
Therefore, starting today, I’m going to make an effort to write down what I learning, what I’m thinking about what I’m learning, or even just to stop in, say “hello”, and remind myself of this wonderful journey that I’ve started…and am going to finish someday 🙂
Shin Hye Sung x Kiyokiba Shunsuke
With a single titled “I Believe”, I knew had to check this collaboration out…even if I thought I didn’t know anything about either of these artists. And guess what? I may have thought I knew nothing about either of these fine looking men, but it turns out I was wrong, wrong, WRONG.
So, EXILE. They weren’t really on my radar screen until today, when I discovered that they have a hit new single title (Rising Sun/いつかきっと…Rising Sun / Surely Someday)! I wikipedia’d them up and this is what I learned…
Exile (Stylized as EXILE) is a 14-member all-male Japanese dance group. The leader of the group is Hiro, who debuted as a member of Zoo under For Life Music, but Exile has released their singles and albums under Avex Group’s label Rhythm Zone. Hiro and Avex’s president Max Matsuura came from the same high school.
In total, they have sold over 17 million records in Japan alone.
But on to their new single I checked out…
Hahaha, sometimes you just have laugh at the little ironies in life.
KAT-TUN: No, They’re Not a Cartoon…They’re REAL
Oh KAT-TUN. They’ve had their fame, they’ve had their rough spots, and yet they still manage to look oh-so-sexy in their white shirts and ties. How do they do it, you ask? Pure magnetism.
Tohoshinki: The Group With the Ultimate Name Complex
Since I did a post on my newfound love for SHINee, I thought my next favorite Korean-Boy-Band-Turned-Japanese deserved a post too 😉
These guys have SO MANY NAMES it’s almost ridiculous. Check out this little quote from their Wikipedia entry: