Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hello Kitty and the lovely girl who is studying at the bus stop

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

of They're lovin' it (of the 2 security officers watched longingly at the McDonald cafe? This post is NOT sponsored by McDonald!)

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

of the Wonderful view of the Library as I'm taking the escalator down...

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Look Up by Gary Turk

The prose is just rhyming nicely. Heh. The message is something worth pondering too. Hmm...


Published on Apr 25, 2014, 'Look Up' - A spoken word film for an online generation. 'Look Up' is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone. Written, Performed & Directed by Gary Turk.

Here is the "Look Up" poem in text:

I have 422 friends, yet I am lonely.
I speak to all of them everyday, yet none of them really know me.

The problem I have sits in the spaces between,
looking into their eyes, or at a name on a screen.

I took a step back, and opened my eyes,
I looked around, and then realised
that this media we call social, is anything but
when we open our computers, and it’s our doors we shut.

All this technology we have, it’s just an illusion,
of community, companionship, a sense of inclusion
yet when you step away from this device of delusion,
you awaken to see, a world of confusion.
A world where we’re slaves to the technology we mastered,
where our information gets sold by some rich greedy bastard.
A world of self-interest, self-image, self-promotion,,
where we share all our best bits, but leave out the emotion.

We are at our most happy with an experience we share,
but is it the same if no one is there.
Be there for you friends, and they’ll be there too,
but no one will be, if a group message will do.

We edit and exaggerate, we crave adulation,
we pretend we don’t notice the social isolation.
We put our words into order, until our lives are glistening,
we don’t even know if anyone is listening.

Being alone isn’t the problem, let me just emphasize,
that if you read a book, paint a picture, or do some exercise,
you are being productive, and present, not reserved or recluse,
you’re being awake and attentive, and putting your time to good use.

So when you’re in public, and you start to feel alone,,
put your hands behind your head, and step away from the phone.
You don’t need to stare at your menu, or at your contact list,
just talk to one another, and learn to co-exist.

I can’t stand to hear the silence, of a busy commuter train,
when no one wants to talk through the fear of looking insane.
We’re becoming unsocial, it no longer satisfies
to engage with one another, and look into someone’s eyes.

We’re surrounded by children, who since they were born,
watch us living like robots, and think it’s the norm.
It’s not very likely you will make world’s greatest dad,
if you cant entertain a child without a using an iPad.

When I was a child, I would never be home,
I’d be out with my friends, on our bikes we would roam.
We’d ware holes in our trainers, and graze up our knees;
we’d build our own clubhouse, high up in the trees.

Now the park are so quiet, it gives me a chill
to see no children outside and the swings hanging still.
There’s no skipping or hopscotch, no church and no steeple,
we’re a generation of idiots, smart phones and dumb people.

So look up from your phone, shut down that display,
take in your surroundings, and make the most of today.
Just one real connection is all it can take,
to show you the difference that being there can make.
Be there in the moment, when she gives you the look,
that you remember forever, as when love overtook.
The time you first hold her hand, or first kiss her lips,
the time you first disagree, but still love her to bits.

The time you don’t need to tell hundreds, about what you’ve just done,
because you want to share the moment, with just this one.
The time you sell your computer, so you can buy a ring,
for the girl of your dreams, who is now the real thing.
The time you want to start a family, and the moment when,
you first hold your baby girl, and get to fall in love again.
The time she keeps you up at night, and all you want is rest,
and the time you wipe away the tears, as your baby flees the nest.

The time your little girl returns, with a boy for you to hold,
and the day he calls you granddad, and makes you feel real old
The time you take in all you’ve made, just by giving life attention,
and how your glad you didn’t waste it, by looking down at some invention.

The time you hold your wife’s hand, and sit down beside her bed
you tell her that you love her, and lay a kiss upon her head.
She then whispers to you quietly, as her heart gives a final beat,
that she’s lucky she got stopped, by that lost boy in the street.
But none of these times ever happened, you never had any of this,
When you’re too busy looking down, you don’t see the chances you miss.

So look up from your phone, shut down those displays,
we have a finite existence, a set number of days.
Why waste all our time getting caught in the net,
as when the end comes, nothing’s worse than regret.

I am guilty too, of being part of this machine,
this digital world, where we are heard but not seen.
Where we type and don’t talk, where we read as we chat,
where we spend hours together, without making eye contact.

Don’t give in to a life where you follow the hype,
give people your love, don’t give them your like.
Disconnect from the need to be heard and defined
Go out into the world, leave distractions behind.
Look up from your phone, shut down that display,
stop watching this video, live life the real way.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The shot of a crowded Night Market during the daytime (Or a girl with a pair of long legs getting self-conscious as her photo's taken)

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Friday, May 02, 2014

Dynamic Ryukyu by Enchanting Yuko Narisoko (and by JGSDF and by Akira Ikuma)

I recently was hooked to this TV channel, "Hello! Japan" and I happened to see this enchanting video clip 2 nights ago. The title is "Dynamic Ryukyu" performed by Yuko Narisoko (official website narisokoyuko.com).

Here is the YouTube clip of the music video, "ダイナミック琉球/成底ゆう子 【PVフル】". Yuko Narisoko's voice is simply, well, enchanting too! And the background dancers, heh. Cute. Are they performing a kind of martial arts? Hmm...


Further check about the song, "Dynamic Ryuku" and I came across one, "平成24年度自衛隊音楽まつり ダイナミック琉球" performed by JGSDF (Japan Ground Self-Defense Force). Cool, eh?


More searching on the YouTube and I encountered one, "【イクマあきら】ダイナミック琉球LIVE ver 2010.12.31" performed by Akira Ikuma. Nice outfit too. Heh.


He seems to the be actual singer who popularized the song. Well, any Japanese readers might perhaps correct me about this?

By the way here's the lyrics:
*Ikuma Akira with Hirata Daiichi*

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umi yo inori no umi yo
nami no koe hibiku sora yo
daichi fuminarashi tataku
shima no teeku nu hibiki

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umi yo inori no umi yo
nami no koe hibiku sora yo
daichi fuminarashi tataku
shima no teeku nu hibiki

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kaze ni fukarete shima wo aruku
yume ni fukarete umi wo wataru
tsuki ni fukarete namida wo nagashi
tsumi ni fukarete asu wo omou

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mihatenu yume wa
kanadeteru omoi
toikakeru mirai
hashiru ano sora he

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kaze yo hikari no kaze yo
meguru sadame no shirube yo
daichi fukinarashi tataku
shima no teeku nu hibiki

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~ kuduchi – rap ~
pai nu kaji fuku
urizun nu gutu ni
muni nu umui yu
katati hanasa na
umi nwatariti
shima nmeguriti
washita niseetaa nu
chimu ya dondon
tisaji meeuchi
uta yu sanshin
haiyasasa ha haiyasasa
haisaisaisa ha haiyasasa
haisaisaisa ha haiyasasa
haiyasasa
haiyasasa

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hoshi no kotonoha nami ni ukabete
yozora wo wataru yume no sabani
kuon no sora ni nagareboshi hitotsu
nami wa omoi wo yosete kaesu

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na mo naki tami no
koe naki uta wo
michi ni tatsu hito yo
kaze ni toki hanate

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sora yo moeru tida no
inochi no ibuki ni yume
ooshiiku hirogeta tsubasa
ten takaku chuu wo mau

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umi yo inori no umi yo
nami no koe hibiku sora yo
daichi fuminarashi tataku
shima no teeku nu hibiki

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umi yo inori no umi yo
nami no koe hibiku sora yo
daichi fuminarashi tataku
shima no teeku nu hibiki

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shima no teeku nu hibiki

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shima no teeku nu hibik

So what is this "Ryukyu"? And what makes it "Dynamic"? Well I can't really answer the 2nd question. But here are what I gathered about "Ryukyu":
1. The Ryukyu Islands is known in Japanese as the Nansei Islands (南西諸島 Nansei-shotō, lit. "Southwest Islands") and also known as the Ryukyu Arc (琉球弧 Ryūkyū-ko), are a chain of volcanic Japanese islands that stretch southwest from Kyushu to Taiwan: the Ōsumi, Tokara, Amami, Okinawa, and Sakishima Islands (further divided into the Miyako and Yaeyama Islands), with Yonaguni the southernmost. The largest of the islands is Okinawa.

2. The Ryukyu Kingdom (Japanese: 琉球王国 Ryūkyū Ōkoku; Ryukyuan: 琉球國 Ruuchuu-kuku; traditional Chinese: 琉球國; simplified Chinese: 琉球国; pinyin: Liúqiú Guó; historical English name: Lewchew, Luchu) was an independent kingdom which ruled most of the Ryukyu Islands from the 15th century to the 19th century. The kings of Ryukyu unified Okinawa Island and extended the kingdom to the Amami Islands in modern-day Kagoshima Prefecture, and the Sakishima Islands near Taiwan. Despite its small size, the kingdom played a central role in the maritime trade networks of medieval East and Southeast Asia.

3. And from "History of the Ryukyu Islands": The name Ryūkyū originates from Chinese writings, while "Okinawa" was coined in Okinawa.[1][2] The earliest references to "Ryūkyū" write the name as 琉虬 (Mandarin Pinyin: Líuqíu; Jyutping: Lau4kau4) in the Chinese history Book of Sui in 607. It is a descriptive name, meaning "glazed horn-dragon".

4. Japan Focus, "Examining the Myth of Ryukyuan Pacifism" has a mention of a musical, "King Sho Hashi--Dynamic Ryukyu". Hmm...