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KENSOSHI CD

It has arrived! I rarely ever do this, but I decided to check my mail today, and to my surprise, there was a package for me =) My KENSOSHI CDs came in! I now have KENSOSHI’S 1st Album and their 4th single “Bokuno Mirai” ^^

If you haven’t already, please check out their stuff!

Official KENSOSHI site: click >here<

To check out the official KENSOSHI myspace and taste of their music: click >here<

And if I haven’t told you the story a billion times or you haven’t read about it, here is a link to my thorough post about how I discovered KENSOSHI when I was on my trip to Japan: click >here<

“Our voices reaches your heart through the sky…” – KENSOSHI

Both CD’s are right down my alley of music and I love it =D I’m so, so glad I discovered these guys.

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Patterns of sound make music

Although I listen to a variety of music, ranging from The Used to NEWS to Timbaland to Mae. Lately, I prefer listening to softer or poppy music..which is quite the transition from my High School days when all I would listen to was punk/rock etc. What music can’t I stand?… hardcore SCREAMO, most techno and the really thuggish gangSTER rap crap.. -___- ok, perhaps I’m more picky than I thought?

I composed a list of the current music I’ve been listening to. Yay, so if you’re curious at all check out the link below:

My current playlist: please click >HERE<

CDs that never get old:

(click the name to hear their music, click the album for info)

Jack JohnsonOn and On

Mae The Everglow

ONE OK ROCKZeitakubyou

The Shanghai Restoration Project Story of a City

The WallflowersBringing Down the Horse

CDs that are wonderful for studying:

Kaztake TakeuchiUnder the Willow (I got this CD from Em’s cousin Kazuhiro while in Japan, he’s the publisher of the CD and manager of Fly n’ Spin Records)

Joe HisaishiPiano Stories Best ’88-’08

And Lastly, because I’m too lazy to list more, I’ll end with this:

Joe Hisaishi- “Summer”

So basically..I’m an old lady lol =D I have a bunch of other favorites, butttt I believe those are my top..keep in mind that I am also very indecisive.though>.>

Oh, so if you look below to where it says “Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)” , that was not written by me. WordPress added it and I can’t change it. DAMN YOU WORDPRESS!

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Jdorama: Last Friends

I’ve noticed that most my recent blogs have been very “Japan” oriented! Whether it’s about my trip there, music,or now drama.. haha o well, here goess!

I didn’t end up watching any jdoramas that came out in Winter 2008 beyond 1-3 episodes because nothing really kept my attention. This Spring season though, seems full of a bunch of worth-watching jdoramas! I plan to check out Zettai Kareshi, Gokusen 3, Hokaben, ROOKIES, and Last Friends.

I’ve watched episode 1 of Last Friends and I loved it (you can find SOFT SUBS by clicking >HERE<) They’re all amazing actors/actresses and the story seems really well done so far. Everything about this drama has me hooked, just like my love for Tantei Gakuen Q. The opening song “Prisoner of Love” by Utada Hikaru fits PERFECTLY. Even the video for the opening caught my attention, which is rare since I always skip over them (the only exceptions now are this and the opening for Tantei Gakuen Q: check out my past blog for details and the video by clicking >here<).

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Spring Break in Japan Theme Song

How could I forget that Em and I had a theme song for our Japan trip! During our first few days in Japan, while we were watching TV and getting ready for the mornings, this singer was on numerous channels and singing. I had no idea what his name was or what the song name was, but it was an easy song to remember and he had a good voice! Throughout the rest of our trip I would hear this song in various stores and restaurants; every time pointing it out to Em =D

Well, thankfully Em found his name! Otherwise I would have been googling “shaved head young Japanese singer hit song” or something along those lines lol ><

Here it is: Shimizu Shota singing “Home”

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KENSOSHI ケンソウシ

Yep, on my last post I used this photo and the video below too..but it’s all I have of them!
“Our voices reaches your heart through the sky…” – KENSOSHI

KENSOSHI ケンソウシ is a J-rock/J-pop band that I absolutely adore, even though I’ve only really heard 1 of their songs. Weird? Sort of.. lol But let me explain!

First off, although in this photo you see only 3 members, it’s actually a group made up of 4. I’m sad that Yo, the drummer got hidden behind in the photo, but I’m hoping 1 day I’ll get to take another photo with all 4 of them together.

So on my Spring Break trip to Japan, my friend Em and I were getting out of the Shinjuku Station on our 2nd day there and ran into these guys doing a street performance. Even though we had a long day and were super tired, when I heard their music play I had to stop and listen. I loved it so much that I recorded it and made sure I also took a close up picture of their sign, that way I could return home and get someone to translate their band name for me! As for recording videos, I don’t do it too often, so this REALLY caught my attention.

Well, I got home and got Didi to translate the photo above for me and she immediately found me their webpage, and this is how the story starts 🙂

Once I got their band name KENSOSHI ケンソウシ translated, I got her to translate the page that would allow me to email them! I chose a random guy (Hiro) and emailed him the photo I took and the video I uploaded onto youtube of them, telling them that I was from America and loved their music.

To my surprise, each member emailed me back with really kind words the day after ^^ They each introduced themselves, said thank you and hoped that one day we’d meet again. My favorite line was from SHUU,

“I watched your YouTube! We look better than real us! ^^ The lyrics of the song say, “Our voices reaches your heart through the sky…”. It is true. You showed it to us, didn’t you?”

Overall, all the messages from the members were super nice =D There was a minor mix up though because they assumed I was from Hawaii lol…and I believe that is because in a youtube video I uploaded of Em and I goofing off, I was saying how Kamogawa looked like Hawaii >_< In the end, I emailed them back and I got that corrected haha… Currently, the staff is looking into how I can purchase a CD and getting it shipped to the states.

Also, Hiro from KENSOSHI told me that some of their fans found my video and also liked it ^^ Plus, I noticed that my video was being linked on some mixi’s (basically a popular Japanese type facebook/myspace), so I got Symons to investigate! Apparently, 2 of the KENSOSHI members posted blogs about me contacting them and the video!

According to Symons translations :

On Hiro’s post:

“These kids (kinda polite, not insulting) were on a trip from Hawaii and uploaded our street live (concert) on YouTube for us. Music is amazing isn’t it. It easily breaks the language barrier. We want to connect the world (through music?)”

and on Shuu’s post:

“In March when we were doing a street live (concert) some tourist from Hawaii were walking by and stopped to listen. They uploaded this video on YouTube. That was really kind of them. Music really is a common language where we can exchange words (I dunno, that sentence is kinda weird imo) It (music) can be heard your heart. When you come to Japan again, I want to meet you”

Once again, here is their video I recorded of them:

:::To check out their music:::

If you go to their website by clicking >here<, you can be linked to their discography on their official page, which will allow you to sample some of their other songs! I recommend you use the Internet Explorer instead of Firefox for it to work better..plus it might be hard to navigate around because it’s all in Japanese.

Otherwise, if you want to stick to Firefox, you check out little clips of their current CD by clicking >here< and it should be self-explanatory from there…right? Just remember to press “Play”. Song #4, “声風” is the song I recorded!! I’m hella loving their music btw, not just because they’re nice ^^

These guys are ridiculously kind and down to earth, please take the time to listen to their stuff, although it might be hard to navigate around their official page if you don’t know Japanese >_<

My 10-day trip to Japan was amazing enough, and even though I’m home, this only made it better 🙂 I feel very fortunate to have encountered these guys! As always, I really consider myself to be one darn lucky person =]

I apologize for this being so long lol… I had high intentions on making this short but I didn’t know what to cut out!

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Kurosagi & Tantei Gakuen Q

If you have seen the jdorama Kurosagi, this might be of interests to you!

Kurosagi is a drama about a swindler who swindles other swindlers (haha thats a mouth full). Basically, it has a Robin Hood kind of premise to it. I personally really enjoyed it, so I’m definitely looking forward for the movie to come out (March 8, 2008). Below is the movie-music video (with subs); it is the main song for the Kurosagi movie and is also sung by NEWS, which Yamashita Tomohisa, who plays the main character in the movie/drama is in. Enjoy!

Here is a link to the video to the trailer for the Kurosagi movie:

For other crime investigation dramas, I HIGHLY recommend Tantei Gakuen Q (Detective School Q). I just finished watching this drama about a week ago and it is definitely one of my favorites (better than Kurosagi!). Thanks didi for the recommendation! You can watch the drama by clicking >Here<!

The video below is the opening to Tantei Gakuen Q. Usually, I fast forward through opening and closing of any anime/drama but the opening and song were just too good. The song is done by a band called FLOW and the title is Answer. If you like the song, click >Here< for the actual full length music video.

Well..since I’ve already linked everything I might as well continue. The ending song for Tantei Gakuen was also a good listen, so heres there music video for it!

Band name: The Brilliant Green, song: Stand by me


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