At Last, Negicco’s “Canale no Madobe” is Subbed

Greetings!

At last, I have done the subbing process of Canale no Madobe. Special thanks and heartfelt apology to Tomomi who has been really really helpful in translating and explaining the lyrics and also waiting very very long for this release, which the blame is totally on my side m(>_<)m.

Anyway, it is another great song from Negicco. Calm and comforting melody, suitable to accompany your lazy evening. I think the lyric is quite sad, hinting that the singer has been left by her lover. But being sung in a cheerful mood by Negicco made me think like they meant to cheer those who felt that way. “It’s sad, we know, but it’s okay! Remember it as good memory and move forward!”, something like that. And it also has some Niigata hint (the city described is possibly Niigata according to Tomomi).

I also want to apologize for the MV quality degradation. I still do not understand what part of my subbing process caused it, maybe the sub burning activity.

Nevertheless, please enjoy and share!

March Loot: Kamei Eri Surprise Package

One of the reasons I am not quitting my current job is that my job provides me with means to purchase things I could not ask from my parents; like idol goods.

Late Christmas present?

I bought a surprise package from a fellow Indonesian fan of Morning Musume.  It was a Kamei Eri package and it is understandable if you never heard of her. She was a member of “old” Morning Musume, entering at the same time with Sayumi, and graduated on 2010. Now let’s take a look at the contents:

Birthday Card

 

Concert Name Tag? From 10 years ago!

 

Morning Musume Card; is she supposed to be the queen card? Or joker?

 

Plushy Key Chain

 

Her photo wearing cowboy hat 

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Hmm… I wonder from which single or concert was this one from? I think it came from the Platinum Era.

Her polaroid photo with her writing

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I wonder what she wrote. I really like this one since it gives off custom-made limited product impression with her marker handwriting, not-so-professional photo shoot, and “not for sale” note on the bottom; not like a mass-produced product.

 

Idol Hachimaki

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For that moment when I ever feel like going full-wota mode. But it is outdated -_-

 

“If you spend your time thinking “I want to become happy, I want to become happy…“
You’ll spend the rest of your days just thinking about how you want to become happy.
But if you think “ah, I’m so happy“? You’ll always be happy.”

-Kamei Eri

 

Ennichisai 2016 Coverage

This is one of the backlog post piling up in my draft folder. (シ_ _)シ Gomen! Gomen!

Ennichisai, an event that aims to simulate festival in Japan for Indonesian crowd, was held again this year in Blok M, a place touted as Jakarta’s Little Tokyo. This festival displays a wide range of cultural products: culinary, traditional dance, portable shrine parade, taiko and shamisen performance, pop song concert, handicraft, etc. Beside those, you can expect to meet a lot of native Japanese not only as visitors but also as stall clerks. Oh, do not forget about festival games! They are so much fun. Always try for the games every time you go to Japanese festival.

Let me share my experience!

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I came early enough in the morning (around 10 AM, probably) and was able to witness the ramen eating competition. There were only a little crowd in front of the stage, the slot for competition was opened for five persons, no registration needed, no fee required to enter, and you only had to raise your hand to join. I did not expect that. Had I known about it beforehand, I would have prepared myself and join. I did not even have to win, it was a free breakfast.

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As the day went by, the crowd got multiplied. To get the mood “Japan Festival”-ish, we rented a pair of Yukata (a casual version of kimono) from a local Yukata enthusiast community (I cannot remember the name of their booth >.<). It was around IDR 50,000 for two hours, but the clerks were so nice they did not keep tab on the time and we practically could wear them as long as we wanted.

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Yosakoi performance by Indonesian students. Yosakoi is a choreographed dances from Japan performed by large group of people. When I say large, I really mean it. They occupied almost the whole road all the way from the entrance area to the stage. In case you wonder, the orange instrument held by these students are called naruko, or bird rattle, and it…rattles (how else should I describe it).

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That is a Danjiri, are large wooden carts in the shape of a shrine or temple with taiko (traditional Japanese war drum) and other instruments on board. It was followed by Mikoshi (a portable shrine) and there were multitudes of them, marching in rhyme with the drums.

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A glimpse of a Mikoshi. It was quite hard to take photos in the crowd.

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The pop culture stage! A small stage with various performers each day. Too bad each one of them only performed one or two songs. I was only able to watch Faint Star (in the photo) and only some minute before they finished .·´¯`(>_<)´¯`·. Why? The main reason was because the distance between the main cultural stage (and pretty much all the stalls and attractions) was quite far from the pop culture stage, plus the population density ensured traffic congestion even for pedestrians. So whenever I enjoyed something around the main stage, I would not be able to relocate quick enough to attend the performance at the pop stage (have not finished my teleportation training). Thus, my planned itinerary for that day was thrown into chaos.

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The performers in this picture showcased a kind of martial dance. My guess is they are Kajimaai, an Eisa (traditional Okinawan dance) group who also combines Kobudo (traditional Okinawan martial art using various weapon, including staff) in their performance.

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After some hours, I was really tired with all the walking and standing. I am not a strong traveler as far as I know. So I went over to my friend’s restaurant called Sate (a Yakitori stall, actually) at Blok M, not in the Ennichisai venue, but close by. It was my first experience visiting his stall and I love his food. His Yakitori is made with love and passion; he wastes no expense to serve the best he can. Don’t believe me? Drop by at his stall at Food Fighters and take a bite!

Now, loot exhibition!

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Top: Furoshiki and Sushi fridge magnet I bought from a Japanese. Middle left: water ballon or water yo yo I won from a traditional festival game called Yo Yo Tsuri, where player has to get the yo-yo balloons set floating in a tub of water using a hook which has tissue or paper handle. All key-chains: bought from multiple stalls. Lawson Ponta card and Biskies were given free by Ponta stall.

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Ponta fan, Ennichisai fan, UHA candy: freebies from stalls. Ennichisai shirt: bought from information booth for IDR 80,000. MametchiHello Kitty festival mask: I won it at a shooting game. Sanada Yukimura festival mask (red mask with antler): a festival mask I bought from a group of Japanese who touted that this is a Japan product made with great quality material, but after I purchased it, I knew it is an overpriced (IDR 200K) cheap plastic (PVC) masks made in China by looking at the backside.

I guess that is all my story.

By the way, my Japanese friend told me that it is odd that they named it Ennichisai, not Matsuri or Bunkasai. Ennichisai has a more religious tone, an event where people go to the shrine or temple to ask for fortune from the deity because that day is important for the deity, while Matsuri and Bunkasai are a lot closer in meaning to Japanese cultural festival.

Deto SP – Natsu Hito (2015) Aftertaste

I finally managed to watch special episode of Dating: What’s It Like To Be In Love? (Deto – Koi to wa Donna Mono Kashira), one of my most favorite J-drama. The special episode, titled Natsu Hito, or roughly translated as “summer man” (maybe XD), shown the life of NEET hero Takumi Taniguchi, and the stern heroine Yoriko Yabushita after the final episode of the season in which they decided that they are meant for each other. I do not think I will share the full synopsis of the episode here, but I will share the main theme; jealousy. What will happen if there is a suspected third person in a relationship? What if that third person captured the heart of your loved one, but no sexual intercourse involved? Is it still categorized as an affair? How will you react?

not your normal love triangle, or is it?
not your normal love triangle, or is it?

The most memorable moment in this episode for me is the part when Takumi and Yoriko were lost in the forest and decided to rest in an abandoned hut. After coming clean about their feelings, Takumi talked about the translation of “I love you” into Japanese: “the moon is beautiful, isn’t it? (tsuki ga kirei desune)”. He elaborated how the translation was made by Natsume Soseki when someone asked him about the translation of “I love you” in Japanese. Natsume explained to that person that expressing feeling of love directly to the object of affection is not compatible with Japanese culture and so it is better to express it indirectly by admiring the beauty of the moon, which might be figurative, but still understandable and eloquent. Takumi then repeatedly told Yoriko that “the moon is beautiful”.

What a romantic scene! Totally in different level with most romantic scenes is contemporary dramas.

Next time you tried to confess your love, try “the moon in beautiful”, look at the face of your partner who is likely to be ignorant of the gravity of your words, and breathe in that glorious atmosphere in the air: your partner is dumber than you, at least about Natsume Soseki and J-Drama.

Check out the official trailer at fujitv.

P.S. Ashina Sei is really lovely as Ms.Hikono in this episode ^^.

Negicco – “Hikari no Spur” with English Sub

Do you think the air is getting colder?

That’s because “Winter’s coming…”

The MV that has Negicco flown so far to Santa’s house; the MV that was praised by Alex Shenmue; the MV that reach top ten singles in the oricon chart in its first week; the MV where you can see Negicco’s warming cuteness on a cold winter setting, now you can understand what they are singing cause it has been translated into English!

 

 

Sub by: me

Translation by: Misa-chan

Please do check her blog (click the link above), it has a lot of Japanese song translations and she’s a really nice translator. In fact, she specially translated “Hikari no Spur” for me because I requested it. Let me show you some extract from our conversation.

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She replied in ten days with an awesome translation! While I took more than a month to sub it.

Sorry, Misa-chan! .·´¯`(>▂<)´¯`·.

Enjoy and Share, Negi-Negi!!!

Update 11-10-2015

Anton’s Radio!

Are you ready to listen to Anton on air?

Basically telling me that no one is listening to my radio so just shut it up already
Basically telling me that no one is listening to my radio so just shut it up already

Alas! You might not be able to hear my golden (and kawaii) voice now or in the near future (you should thank God for it). I started this project some months ago and I intended it to be a surprise for you, my dear reader!

I named my radio station: Smoking Flax. Why Smoking Flax? The intention behind the name is to inspire people to not give up; no matter how small the fire is, or even when only the smoke comes out and no fire in sight, please hold on and persevere!

I uploaded some Japanese songs (mainly BABYMETAL and Sakura Gakuin), and Indonesian songs (mainly JKT48, Sheila on 7, and Project Pop). I maintained the station by uploading more songs over time, scheduling different songs for different time, and experimenting with the site’s interface (I’m using Radionomy, btw, and there’s some learning curve to face). I also planned to produce my own show, but I couldn’t find the idea for it and I was kind of nervous with the thought of becoming a broadcaster, and so time moved on without any program produced.

Three months passed and I’m possibly the only one listening to it. Radionomy shut it down with the notification above.

Rewatching Old Sakura Gakuin Videos

I watched old Sakura Gakuin videos again, especially where Ms.Ayami was still the president, and even now, they still amuse me (can you understand the pun?). Their lyrics still cheer me up when I need some encouragement. Check out this Twinklestars’ (Sakura Gakuin’s sub-unit) video!

And all member of that generation graduated already…how years fly away just in a glimpse. Wait! Rinon is still in Sakura Gakuin! Rinon, the last heir of the first dynasty. I’m rooting for Rinon until next year when she will graduate!

Koinaka Could Have Been Better

I have been following a J-dorama named “Koinaka” from the first episode to the finale and I hate it because I like it (I know, I know, it’s a cheesy romance drama and I still like it). The characters are lovable; the premises are interesting; the storytelling is enticing; and the plot is attractive. But, they just rush it! And I hate them for rushing it like that. It’s like playing Fallout 3 and just run to finish the main story without finishing the side missions; you can’t enjoy the real deal of the game. The same thing with Koinaka; so much potential diamond inside it that were left unearthed.

First, the main protagonist (Aoi) and the main heroine (Akari) have not met for years and you just expect the spark to come back in just a very short amount of time (less than a month)? They could have gave them more time to explore their feelings, with more flashbacks of the past, and more intimate events. That would make their strength of love a lot more believable.

Second, what the heck happened after the flashback and before the current events? Time jump? Seriously! I want to know more about them! I want to know what shaped them in those years. Show me how hard Akari’s life was, rather than just telling me she had a hard life with a short dialogue. Tell me how Aoi got through the college and landed his first job. Why Nanami moved with her brother? All of those stories can strengthen the characters and yet again, they just rush it! Zannen!!!

Third, there are other interesting characters that just left there as figurants. They deserved more. I personally like Ruiko and her relationship with Aoi. I think they are best-couple-ish and should have been given more screen time. I wanted to know how they met, why they broke up, and I want to see Ruiko actually give more effort to get Aoi back, rather than that less that half-ass effort she gave and then totally given up even before Aoi expressed his feelings on episode 5 (it’s just unlike Ruiko to give up like that). I also wanted to to know more about that female doctor who had crush on Shota, not just that pathetic scene where she asked Shota for dinner and asked him to treat her when Shota told her that he proposed to Akari. Even Scrat in Ice Age got better treatment in story than her.

They should have done it in 25 episodes, rather than just nine, or cut it on episode 5 and let the audience imagine the rest of the story.

Watched the finale of Hanzawa Naoki

 

Have you heard about Hanzawa Naoki before? It’s great! You should watch it! It’s a serious J-dorama, about an ambitious banker and great turbulence he faced in his job. Totally worth following from the first episode to the last. And I actually agree with the ending. It is a lot more believable that insubordination in a Japanese company received punishment. It makes the story closer to reality. Plus, I think Hanzawa needs to take more time with his family and activities outside work. Hanzawa goes to work early in the morning without greeting his son, ate gyudon in the afternoon, conversing with his colleagues in a bar or sparring kendo in the evening, and went home late at night without seeing his son. That’s not a life Hanzawa-kun! You should learn more from Kariage-kun and Wally-kun!

My Project

I finished my second project on August and… I got assigned to new project on October. So how about September? I guess they love Green Day so much and wait to woke me up when September ends. Not much to talk about, still obscure. Well, I still got paid. I should be thankful. But it made me uncomfortable whenever I conversed with my peers, especially when the question “how’s your project” comes out.

That’s all the update on my life! Ups, actually more is coming!

Thx for reading!