Friday Funday! The Asian Obsession Tag.

Helloe evryone,

Welcome back to Friday Funday!

I have talked about  liking Japan and  Korean music a lot on my blog, so I am guessing that you guys think I have an Asian obsession. You might be right about that, so that’s why today I have chosen to answer the Asian Obsession Tag questions. If any of you had any questions for me as to why I love the Asian culture so much, all of your answers will be answered today. So sit back, grab a cup of tea and enjoy today’s post.

Let’s begin 🙂

1. What is your favorite drama ?

My favorite drama is Hana Yori Dango aka Boys Over Flowers. There are many versions of this drama, but I’ve personally watched the Japanese, Korean and Mandarin ones. I love each version of the story because they are unique in their own way and the story is presented differently in each version. The drama is about Makino Tsukushi who comes from a poor family, but goes to an elite school. Her family gives every last penny they have in order for Makino to get the best education. She hopes to get through her high school days quietly without attracting any attention to herself from her peers. One day her life is completely turned around when she runs into the F4. They are four boys that come from very rich families and in a way run the school. They do as they wish and the owners of the school do not say anything because they receive a lot of money from their parents. If you get on their bad side, the F4 put a red notice in people’s lockers and publicly humiliate the individual (usually by beating them up and etc). One day Makino’s friend Sakurako ends up being bullied by the leader of the group, Domyouji Tsukasa. Makino defends her friend, but Tsukasa is not thrilled about it and leaves a red notice in her locker. Long story short, he bullies her for a while, but after he starts developing feelings for her. You have to watch the drama to see why, but I love it and I highly recommend it to someone who wants to start watching Asian dramas.

Japanese version!
The Korean version!
The Chinese version and it is called “Meteor Garden”.

2. What was the first drama you ever watched ?

The first one I ever watched that made cry like a baby is Koizora (a Japanese drama)! It’s a sad love story about a boy (Hiro) who falls in love with a girl (Mika), but later on he finds out he is sick and he is dying. This drama, Titanic and The Fault In Our Stars are the only movies that made me cry like a baby, my face was literally wet with tears. I don’t know why I watch these sad movies, but I’m hopeless romantic and I’ll watch any love story.

3. What is your favorite movie ?

Shinobi Heart Under Blade, no doubt about it! I like it because it is more of a historic Asian movie and it is about ninjas, which I like. The movie is about two ninja clans, Iga and Koga who have fought for four hundred years. They are no ordinary ninja clans, they are ninjas that have supernatural powers! Gennosuke and Oboro are from one of those clans and they have fallen in love with each other, but they both had enough of the senseless feud and wants peace. However, Tokugawa Ieyasu, the ruler of Japan deliberately stirs up their feud and invites the clans to fight in a duel to the death. Kind of like the Hunger Games, but this is between powerful supernatural ninjas. It was a dramatic movie and I really enjoyed it!

4. What was the first movie you watched?

The first movie I watched is Bokura ga Ita, the first one and its sequel as well. The movies are based on the anime, but I’ve never watched it. It is romantic story about Nanami Takahashi who falls in love with Yano Motoharu who is the most popular boy in her class. Yano returns Nanami’s feelings and they start dating, however his past haunts their relationship and things start to become complicated. It was a dramatic love story to be exact and it made me feel frustrated with Yano and some of his actions. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this movie, I eagerly watched the second movie to find out if they will end up together for good. You”l have to watch both movies to find if they do because I’m not going to tell you 😉

Posters of both movies!

5. Favorite Asian Singer/ Group/Band ?

I have so many but a few are BoA, Ayumi Hamasaki, AAA (Attack All Around) this is a Japanese pop band, EXO, KARA, Wonder Girls, BIGBANG, FLOW, Namie Amuro and list goes on and on and on.

BoA
Ayumi Hamasaki
AAA (Attack All Around)
EXO
KARA
Wonder Girls
BIGBANG
Namie Amuro

6. Favorite Asian Music Video ?

That one really got me thinking, honestly I can’t choose only one because there are so many I like. However, my most recent favorite music video is “Overdose” by EXO! It is such a cool song and the music video is really cool with the special effect and the futuristic vibe it gives people.

7. Which Asian countries have you been to or what to go to?

I haven’t been to any yet, but the ones I would love to visit are Japan, Korea, China (Beijing and Hong Kong), Thailand and The Philippines.

8. Favorite Anime or Manga?

There so many animes I like, but a few are Inuyasha, Fullmetal Alchemist, Sailor Moon, Naruto, Kamisama Hajimemashita and many more. As for mangas, I like Naruto, Kamisama Hajimemashita, Hana Yori Dango, Ouran High School Host Club and etc. However, right now I don’t really watch anime or read manga anymore, as much as I did in high school. I kind miss that :S

9. Favorite  Asian food?

I love ramen, Japanese style curry, sushi, bibmbap, tteokbokki (rice cake dish, it’s so yummy), dumplings, omurice and other delicious dishes.

10. How did your Asian obsession start?

Well it began before I started liking anime, I think I’m infatuated with countries with long histories, hence why I like Asia so much. Asia seems extra special to me, more interesting than other countries in the world (I’m being biased). Some people want to travel around Europe, I want to travel around Asia and I’m sure that will happen one day. Now back to the point, even though my interest in Asia began at an young age, anime is the biggest factor that made me even more interested in Asia. Anime made me want to learn more about Japan, anime also made me like Japanese music and Japanese movies/dramas. However, seven years ago I stopped watching anime, nevertheless my interest in Asian cultures grew. Now I appreciate these countries for their traditions, history and not only because anime is made in Japan. From my Japan obsession, I moved on to liking Korea, China and many more.

11. How has your obsession influenced your life?

My obsession has allowed me to be more open-minded, for example there used to be a time when I wouldn’t even look at sushi. Now I eat everything and that also made me more accepting and willing to try other foreign dishes. The second way my Asian obsession influenced me is by making me interested to learn another language. I’ve been wanting to learn Japanese for the past four years and it is an exciting journey. I want to speak more language and if I learn this one I will be fluent in three: Bulgarian, English and Japanese. How cool is that 🙂

12. Are you interested in any Asian languages?

I pretty much answered this question above lol, but yes I would love to learn Japanese and eventually learn how to read it too. It will be a challenging process, but I am ready to start studying. Learning another language is fun, don’t you agree? 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, I certainly had a lot of fun answering these questions. If you love Asia as much as I do, I tag you to do this tag as well. In fact, I want to tag a fellow blogger @genkinahito do this tag too. Have fun 🙂

I’ll see you guys soon with my more posts! Have a lovely and restful weekend.

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Matsuri Toronto Japanese Summer Festival!

Hello everyone,

As most if you know by now, I am a huge Japan enthusiast. I watch Japanese dramas, listen to Japanese music, eat Japanese food and recently started taking Japanese classes. My first class was great and I’m looking forward to learn more and be able to speak it fluently.

Ok I got off track here for second, today I want to talk to you about my very first Japanese festival. I found out about it from BlogTO, on this blog you can find many posts about fun things to do in the city. On Saturday, I was casually scrolling down my homefeed on Facebook when I stumbled across their post. This is the second year of the Matsuri festival and I immediately jumped to the chance to see it.

They had live performances, fashion shows, great food and other fun activities. I even got the chance to wear a summer yukata (a summer kimono) and get my picture taken. Awesome, isn’t it? There was also a traditional Japanese Geisha and people were lining up to take pictures with her. Of course, I did the exact same thing as everyone else. There were many food vendors, Henna artists and graffiti artists. It really hot that day, but I still enjoyed the festival!

As most of you know, I created a YouTube channel last week. I took some video footage from the festival and I put together my first vlog. I was nervous because I am new to the vlogging world, so I didn’t get as much footage as I wanted. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy the my first vlog!

P.S. The graphics and effects for my intro video were created by me with Sony Vegas Pro 9.0. Also here are some photos from the festival.

Enjoy sunshines!

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This is me wearing a summer yukata 🙂
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Green tea ice cream!
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My first Henna!

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See you soon!

The Launch Of My YouTube Channel!

Hello sunshines,

It’s been ten years since I joined YouTube in 2005 to make anime music videos, however I decided to quit YouTube at the end of 2006. At the time I had to worry about doing well in school, so I can get accepted into university.

After so many years, I am excited to announce that I am officially back to the YouTube community. It feels so nostalgic and for anyone who is wondering, no I am not going to be making anime music videos. Unfortunately, this phase in my life is officially over, but I am thankful for it because I have my editing video skills and knowledge. So you might be asking me right now, “What are you planning to post on YouTube?” As for now, I will stick to short video montages of special events and concerts I attend and more photography collages. I am not sure when I’ll start posting videos of myself chatting with you guys, but I do know it will happen in the future. Posting a video of yourself for everyone to see on the Internet is quite intimidating and I am not ready for this step, yet.

A week ago I mentioned to you guys that I am in midst of creating a video collage of my photography, it is officially done and posted on YouTube. Please check it out and let me know what you think.

Here is a link to my YouTube channel:(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGQ86flT17TONlmcMKj9jFQ)

Thank you for stopping by and see you soon 🙂

 

 

Friday Funday! Top 5 Japanese Dramas.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Friday Funday! I am continuing my top five series and today I’ll be sharing with you my top 5 favorite Japanese dramas. J-dramas are a unique mix of  comedy, to romance, to tragedy and science fiction. I started watching J-dramas two years ago out of pure boredom, I was trying to find a Korean movie on Youtube and one of the suggestions on the side were a few J-dramas. The first one I watched is “Koizura”, this is a tragic/romantic love story that made me cry as much as Titanic did. Since watching this drama, I needed to watch more and of course I relied on Google to find moreJapanese TV shows. Since then I’ve been loving the wonderful world of j-dramas, these shows may not to be to everyone’s liking because some of them can be quite strange. Hey, I have to be honest, but these kinds of shows are hilarious and it is refreshing to watch something different. Of course, there are serious and suspenseful j-dramas as well and the list  is endless. I should seriously move to Japan and live there, I think that would be a blast.

I am going to share with you some clips, trailer or opening theme videos from the show. Enough chit-chat now, let’s get started with the top 5 countdown ! Enjoy.

1. Hana Yori Dango.

 

Oh my goodness,this is my all time favorite j-drama and I cannot express it with words how much I actually love it. Hana Yori Dango was the first romantic drama that was recommended on Google, the show is based of the Japanese manga “Hana Yori Dango” meaning ‘Boys Over Flowers”. It follows the story of Makino Tsukushi who is the only “commoner” attending Eitoku Gakuen. The school is attended by the rich and privileged, that’s also ruled by a four member group called Flower 4 or F4. The leader Domyoji Tsukasa and heir of Domyoji World Finance Group, Hanazawa Rui, the quiet son of a large company, Nishikado Sojiro a flirtatious playboy who is the heir of a tea ceremony school and Mimasaka Akira, the madam killer preferring to date older women and his family is very powerful  to the Japanese underground.  If anyone tries to cross their paths, the F4 will put a red notice in the student’s locker and publicly humiliate them in front of everyone in the school.

Makino hopes to get through her school years without attracting anyone’s attention, however while standing up for her friend against the leader, Domyoji Tsukasa, the next day she receives a red notice. Even though Makino is bullied by the F4, she decides she is a “tough weed” and declares war right back on the F4. A love triangle is slowly formed between Hanazawa Rui (who defends her) and her worst enemy, Domyoji Tsukasa.

The shows has two seasons (season 1- 9 episodes), (season 2 – 11 episodes) and a movie. Generally, the number of episodes for Japanese dramas is shorter than American TV shows. I managed to watch everything within two weeks, I couldn’t pull away from the computer screen because it was addictive to watch. If you are planning to start watching J-dramas, then definitely start with this one. I will be sharing with you the movie trailer, enjoy!

2. Hanazakari no Kimitachi (Hana Kimi)

Probably one of the most hilarious J-dramas I have watched, I was laughing so much because the show can be very silly.

This drama is based on the Japanese manga and I like to call this show the Japanese version of “She’s The Man” with Amanda Bynes. It follows the story of Ashiya Mizuki who disguises herself as a boy and moves to a boy’s boarding school. She falls in love with Sano Izumi who is skilled at high jump, but had quit because of an accident. Mizuki moves to the school with the hopes of encouraging him to continue playing high jump.

It is a wonderful story of complete strangers coming together, making long lasting friendships and a girl hoping the boy she loves goes back to do what loves.

3. Akumu-Chan

Akumu-chan is a science fiction/ comedy J-drama, following the story of Mutoi Ayami and Koto Yuiko. Mutoi Ayami is known to be a dedicated and hardworking teacher, however, no one knows that her public character is a facade. Ayami does not feel genuinely for others and she doesn’t believe in love or trust. She doesn’t like to be involved in situations that seem troublesome or require her to take responsibility. All of this changes when she meets her new student, Koto Yuiko, a young girl who can predict the future through the dreams she sees in her sleep.

This drama was very entertaining and I enjoyed watching Koto Yuiko and Ayami’s adventures. This is a family drama, with amazing visuals and it didn’t hurt to have the actor/singer Gackt, he is amazing in this drama. You will not be disappointed.

4. Atashinchi no Danshi

Do you guys see a trend here? All of the J-dramas I watch are comedy or romance, well I do watch serious ones, occasionally.

Atashinchi no Danshi follows the story of a homeless 20 year old girl, Chisato, her mother passed away due to illness and since then she desperately tries to escape the huge debt her father left her. One day when she least expects it she meets Okura Shinzo, the owner of a huge toy company and he rescues her by paying off her debt. In return, Shinzo asks Chisato to marry him for paying off her debt. He offers her a condition to stay married to him for a month to take care of him while he is ill, that way she doesn’t have to pay back her father’s debt. However, in a month he passes away and Chisato finds out that there are more conditions to follow, that include her moving into his mansion and trying to bring back together his six sons.

I know what you are thinking, “What is this? It’s ridiculous”, I had the same feelings when I started watching the show, but afterwards I got used to it and I really enjoyed it. The trailer I’m sharing has no subtitles, sorry everyone, this was all I could find.

 

5. Proposal Daisakusen (Operation Love)

Here we go again, another romantic J-drama to introduce in my top 5 list!

Proposal Daisakusen follows the story of Ken Iwase who attends Rei Yoshida (his childhood friend) wedding. Ken is not the best at expressing his feeling and realizes a bit too late that he is in love with her. Ken wishes that things could’ve been done differently and at that moment a fairy appears who grants his wish. Ken goes back in time to try and make things different.

I love this show because the moral of the story is very good and it teaches you that you need to take action, so you won’t have regrets later on life.

If you do watch J-dramas, please let me know what is your favorite and one that you are currently watching.

Thanks for stopping by to read my blog 🙂

See you soon!

Music Monday! Week 54.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday! Today I will be sharing another foreign music video by Boa ft. m-flo called “Bump, Bump”.

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Let’s get started  with a short background information about both musicians! Boa is a South Korean singer and also called the Queen of Korean Pop. Boa was discovered by SM Entertainment, after two years of training Boa made her debut in 2000. Boa is multilingual in Japanese, English,  Mandarin Chinese and of course along with her native Korean. Boa has released numerous Japanese and Korean singles, as well as  an English album in 2009. Throughout her career, Boa sold sold over 10 million records and has six consecutive number one albums on the Oricon Japanese music charts. Boa is my favorite Korean artist and I highly recommend checking out her music, if you are interested in listening to songs in a foreign language. I will also share the song that introduced me to Boa music, the name of the song is “Every Heart”.

Now that I’ve introduced to you Boa, coming up next is m-flo. M-flo is a Japanese hip-hop group consisting of producer Dj Taku Takahashi and rapper Verbal. M-flo are considered as iconic and influential hip-hop producers throughout Asia, they are pretty awesome.

Enjoy and let me know what you think about the songs in the comments box below.

See you soon!

 

Music Monday! Week 53.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday! Just as promised, today I will be sharing two music videos. They are “It’s Gonna Be Me” by N Sync and “Slave To The Rhythm” Micheal Jackson hologram performance from last night’s Billboard Awards.

I’ve been listening to a lot of 90s teen pop songs and last week I started listening to N Sync’s “No Strings Attached” album. “It’s Gonna Be Me” was and still is my favorite song from the album, I remember I was obsessed with the music video. The song debuted number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for two consecutive weeks. I thought the music video was very creative and most of all I loved the choreography. Back then I used to watch music videos by Britney, Backstreet Boys and N Sync and memorize the dance for fun. The 90s teen pop era was definitely a huge part of my childhood and to this day I still love it.

Let’s move on to the second music video for this week’s segment, the Michael Jackson hologram performance at the Billboard Music Awards last night. Even though Michael Jackson is no longer here, him and his music continue to live on. I was very impressed by the hologram because it looked very realistic, as if he was really there. Technology has come really far these days, especially in the music industry. By far this was the highlight performance of the entire show, as for the song, well it will be on replay for a while.

Enjoy and let me know what you think about the Michael Jackson hologram performance in the comments box below.

See you soon!

Music Monday! Week 51.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday, so all day today at work I was humming old school songs. Specifically, Britney Spears songs and today I want to share with you one of my favorites from her first album. I honestly love every song from her first record, but “Born To Make You Happy” seems very relaxing to me. It is beautiful ballad, the song was released on December 6, 1999. The single received a lot of praise and that it would be an early classic and it peaked at number one in many countries.

I remember how much I loved the music video and choreography, this song is definitely a classic. Share with me what is your favorite Britney Spears song, if I had narrow it down to three songs, they would be 1) Hit Me Baby One More Time 2) Oops I Did It Again and of course 3) Born To Make You Happy.

Enjoy 🙂

p.s. Be on the lookout for my review post of Avril Lavigne’s new single “Hello Kitty”, it will be posted this week.