Karuta? Chihaya Furu?

Guess most of you are watching this season most pretty Anime, Chihaya Furu. It’s about a story of a groups of youngster playing Karuta(Japanese Card games with fucking boring artistic words writting on it).

Karuta in a box.

And Today I got to see the real deal for myself. ^^ A groups of Japanese decided to show us the Karuta Games and we played together. ^^

Playing. Too bad we didn’t have Tatami or I really would like to try shooting the card and stuck it at the wall. lol.

Although it’s the Karuto Game, it’s different type of card… Too bad I didn’t get to see the 100 poem type of cards like in Chihaya Furu(Wished to posing with the Chihaya Furu card. ^^)

The one we are playing with today is beginner type. Named “Iroha karuta”. Iroha in Japanese kinda meant “ABC”.

Tokyo CGM Night 8

Last friday I had went to the famous Japan Pop Cultures blogger, a.k.a Danny Choo event named “CGM Night”. This is the 8th time of the CGM Night and I had joined 3 before. You can check out of my previous entry of the CGM Night here:

  1. Tokyo CGM Night 7
  2. Tokyo CGM Night 6
  3. Tokyo CGM Night 5

All the people that night. It’s really hard to fit all people in this small hall.

As usual the CGM Night is a gathering of famous blogger’s which have great interest in Japan’s pop cultures(anime, games, figures, dollfie…). The word CGM stand for “Consumer Generated Media”, which meant media(blog posts, news, feeds, tweets..) which wrote by consumer itself. You will need to be an active blogger and own a Twitter account to join the CGM Night.

As usual, the night started by introduction speech(very short and funny) from Danny Choo himself. A simple introduction of tonight’s guest and rules and then have fun!

This is the only photo of Danny which I took clearly that night… Sorry Danny ^^”

Mr Sugiyama from Digital Hollywood Studio. Thanks for the venue that night. He looked really fit in with all the cosplayers.

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Project Diva Arcade

Last sunday I went to Akihabara to try out the new Project Diva Arcade ~Hatsune Miku~.

This is the arcade machine.

It was still not officially out yet, but they have some campaign called “Test Location”… Don’t really know what location they wanna test but it’s fine as long as we get to play it ^^

Got the famous song, Melt from ryo too.^^

Project Diva start off with PSP game, after 2 years of time, Konami comes up with something new, which is the Project Diva Arcade. Since It have the word Arcade think you know what it meant. It’s an Arcade Machine, Not playing it in PSP anymore.

The card~~

Bought this memory card for 300 Yen(RM 10?!) to keep recording of your points, unlocking custome etcs….

Back side.

It’s photos phohibited so I cannot take any photos/video of it. Instead, I’ll be showing you all the videos from Youtube. I’m not sure who recorded them but who cares. ^^

Original promotion video.

Some random gameplay video. (Great Quality)

As some of you might have noticed, the PSP version is kinda easy. It’s all one note system. But in this Arcade Machine, It sometimes have more than 2 notes at the screen which require you to press the two button at the same time. Besides that, There is also the “Hold” note which you can gain bonus if you keep holding on the note while tapping other note with your other hand/fingers.

^^ Gonna go try it out this sunday again with friend.

First outdoor activities with Japanese.

Today is my first time going out with my Japanese friends from my current University, Tokai University. Heard about their planning few days ago when I having lunch together with them at Canteen.

Since today is public holiday, they planned to go out to 町田 (Machida, quite a town compared to my current place) for some fun. Depart at 10.00 and reached there around 10.40. Seemed that I’m the 2nd reaching there. Was suppose to gather at 11.00 a.m. Then we head out to the Bowling center named “Round One”

The floor navigation guide at the Bowling Center.

This is my first outing with Japanese friends, and also my first bowling experience. Never played this Money-consuming sports before back in Malaysia.

The photos of my friends playing Mario Kart 2 while waiting for register.

At there! One interest machine I found out is the Shoes-lending machine. Most of you might know that you need to change into bowling shoes when playing it. Again Japan had surprised me. They have the shoes-lending machine.

Just push the green button and Shoes will drop out. My size is 27.0 cm.

Ok, Skip over the shoes things. The bowling field in Japan is smaller than what you see in Malaysia. I still remember in Pacific (or what you called Megamall Penang), the bowling field have around 40+ bowling track. In this Round One center, I only saw around 10 bowling tracks. But it have few floors of bowling fields. I think that summed up to be around 40+ too ^^

A peek at the bowling field.

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Tokyo Realtime: Akihabara Tour

I had took part in trying out the Tokyo Realtime: Akihabara last sunday. Found out that Joseph Tame is asking people to help trying out their new product and giving some feedback through Facebook. I think it will be a good chance for me to get more about Akihabara. So I contacted him and took part in it.

This is the package you will got if you order it. A very cute Maid to at the cover.

Joseph Tame is from White Rabbit Press, publishers of the world’s No.1 selling kanji flash cards, the A0 kanji poster and Tokyo RealTime audio tours. He is also responsible for marketing, and assisting in the research for and production of new products to add to our catalogue.

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【まころん】Makoron Dance 2 – Ren Ai Circulation from Bakemonogatari

Hi. It had been long since Makoron last updated her dance video at Nico Nico Video. Yesterday, 14th February 2010, Makoron had uploaded a new video on Nico Nico Video site with the dance of Ren Ai Circulation.

It’s a song from the famous anime Bakemonogatari now in Japan. The dance this time is more cute and think the style of dancing had changed than Makoron’s usual style. もっと激しいダンスの方が向いてるですよね~

Well then, without much talking, Let’s Enjoy Makoron’s dance: Ren Ai Circulation

Tokyo CGM Night Episode 7

Yesterday went to The famous Tokyo CGM Night Episode 7 Organised by Danny Choo. Got invitation from Lester Ho, my friend who is also from Malaysia. This is my 3rd times attending the CGM Night and I must said it’s a good oppurtunity to get to know new friends and learning the worlds.

You got to see Dollfies.

Cosplayers…. and…

… the Famous Danny Choo~

This post is filled with tons of photos so be prepared if you are interested in it. Close all your porn sites, Youtubes, Nico Nico Videos first before you proceed.

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Ita-PSP (痛-PSP)

Ita-PSP, It’s a term to refer decorated PSP. The word Ita(痛) is original from Itai(痛い), which mean pain in Japanese. It’s original referring about Ita-sha(痛車), which mean someone painted their Car with Anime’ Characters.

Example of an Ita-sha

Last week when I’m going to Akihabara with Lester Ho, I saw some Anime Magazine and spotted that one of the magazine have the decorating stickers for PSP. I own a PSP myself and really liked the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha’s Decorating stickers. ^^

Bought the Magazines, Nyan-Type just for the stickers. for the contents and the stickers.

I leaved it there for few days. And so luckily I have no work today, so I decided to clean up my room and opened up the stickers and decorated it at my PSP.

This is the Stickers. It had 3 sets of stickers for you to choose from.

Stickers compared to PSP size.

Personally prefered the second sticker since it have Nanoha and Fate in it.

Done~ What disappointed me is that it doesn’t really suit well in Black PSP.

Images from right.

Well, guess can’t say much since it’s a free products. But back on my PSP. I really wanted a White-coloured PSP but since I can’t get it in Firmware 5.05 so have no choice but to go for black (Some know why I need 5.05 ^^)

So how was your PSP of your friends? Are your friends also decorating their PSP with stickers? Or they painted it? ^^

節分の日-豆まき (Setsubun’s Day, Throwing Beans)

Today I went to one of the nearest Shrine, Fuji Jinjya(富士神社) from my school for the setsubun festival(節分の日).

This is the building where all the kids are gathered.

In japan, usually 4th February is the day where it meant that the start of the new season, Spring. At that day, there are having the 豆まき(Mamemaki – Throwing Beans) ceremony which hopes that they can get good fortune for the year. They usually shout 「福は内、鬼は外」(Good fortune come in, Ghost go out!) and they start throwing the Beans at the people who act as the Ghost.

The one in green shirt is the Head Priest and he will leading all the other priests to throwing the snacks at the kids.

The Word “Bean” in Japanese is called {Mame} which have the meaning of the 魔滅 (Mametsu) – meaning destroying the Evil. So they believed that the bean can keep out bad fortune and asking good fortune in.

This is when they started to throwing the snacks.

I went there twice that day. The first time I went there alone at 3.00 p.m. At first I wonder why all the kids are holding up a plastic beg. Soon I know what happened. It’s used to catch the snacks which had been thrown by the priest from 2nd floor of the Shrine building. I didn’t bring anything with me and so I ended up empty hand…. LOL

Friends. From left: Yi Chin, Ming Li, Niji, XXX(forgot her name ^^)

The second time I went there at 4.00 p.m. This time I went there with few of my friends from my Japanese Language school. They also want to went there and take a look. Suddenly I encountered them at lobby and so we decided to go together.

She is the Ghost(Oni)!

One of my friend give me the idea that using the cap of my coat to act as the plastic beg to get the snacks. And what surprised me, It WORK!! I am able to get lots of snack at the second time. ^^

The Snacks we got from the Mamemaki Ceremony. Most of it is what I got. ^^

Friends with snacks get!!

And here you are, My photo once in a while. ^^

Really having fun that day with friends and once again I felt the greatness of the cultures of Japanese. One of my online friend said that it’s like children day for Japanese kids. I just smiled. ^^ what do you think?