Defying gravity: What I learned from aerial pilates

OK, so this is not related to anything Japanese, but it’s something that I’ve thought about sharing since I started it.

Because you know, fitness and taking care of yourself.

I’ve done pilates before, but just the regular ones on the mat. You follow the instructor in twisting and concorting your body into poses that a regular person wouldn’t do, and you’re supposed to feel all refreshed and energised at the end of the hour.

Not me. I had rashes from poorly cleaned mats. And I felt no different from when I started. It did correct my posture and elongated my spine, though. But I went back to full on cardio (running, cross-training, rowing, etc) at the gym since those are far more accessible and hassle free than booking classes and competing with other gym members for slots.

But then I switched gyms, and running got very boring after a while. I hadn’t done pilates in a while, and since aerial pilates is becoming a new thing for workouts, I decided to give it a try.  Continue reading “Defying gravity: What I learned from aerial pilates”

RADWIMPS announces new album release in August 24

RADWIMPS has announced in an email newsletter today that its new album, “Kimi no Na Wa” (Your Name) will be released on August 24. The album title also happens to be the name of the theme song the band wrote for Makoto Shinkai’s latest animated feature of the same name. “School of Rock” will stream one of the tracks, 「前前前世」on July 5. Official site: http://radwimps.jp/discography/post_8451/Continue reading RADWIMPS announces new album release in August 24

J-music fixes that are not AKB48 (or similar)

Japan’s music industry is a contradiction that has as many creative people as it does tacky and full of fluff. There are many talented artists with an equally diverse range of tastes, genres, and styles. Surprisingly, discovering new music is still done through television music shows (like Music Station), interview spots, and as theme songs in anime, drama, movies, and commercials. For a country that aims … Continue reading J-music fixes that are not AKB48 (or similar)

Adele’s “Hello” (covered by Taka, ONE OK ROCK)

I’m not a huge ONE OK ROCK follower, but there’s no denying the band’s growing influence. Goose house is the only band I know that does covers really well, albeit Japanese songs. But because Taka’s English proficiency sounds more decent than most, I’m not surprised he would attempt this. I didn’t think he’d attempt Adele though. I certainly didn’t count on that. And in the … Continue reading Adele’s “Hello” (covered by Taka, ONE OK ROCK)

Most amazing Mumei fanart yet

  STOP THE PRESS RIGHT NOW. Because while Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is a show that anyone looking for good storytelling with gorgeous art direction should watch, the fanart by illustrators like WLOP is taking character design to a whole new level. The original art by this amazing Hong Kong-based artist is available on Deviant Art. He/she is also producing a webcomic called Ghostblade that’s been in production … Continue reading Most amazing Mumei fanart yet

Junichiro Tanizaki’s “Naomi” is a b**tch.

I suppose folks in the anime circuit would think of these two when I mention Junichiro Tanizaki and Naomi: Watch Bungou Stray Dogs, by the way. This series has a nice balance between thriller/mystery and silliness. Sadly but unsurprisingly, real-life novelist Junichiro Tanizaki looks nothing like his cartoon counterpart. But his book, Naomi, was quite something. A quick background: Junichiro Tanizaki (1886 – 1975) is considered to … Continue reading Junichiro Tanizaki’s “Naomi” is a b**tch.

What the Japanese won’t eat 

My office had a little party this afternoon, and there was plenty of food to go around. Under normal circumstances, the Japanese in my office are quite adventurous and would eat anything in our diverse local cuisine. Everything, except this.   I found many hovering around the tray containing these little brightly colored chewies wondering what they were, and refusing to even touch it. I … Continue reading What the Japanese won’t eat 

Anime watchlist – Spring 2016

I missed my chance to share what I watched during the winter season, though to be honest the only two shows that stood out were Haikyuu!! season 2 and, unsurprising to many, Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (or simply, Erased). The first was a continuation of a past favourite, and the latter was picked up because I read the synopsis on Anichart.net. It probably goes without saying that Erased was … Continue reading Anime watchlist – Spring 2016

This lipstick costs twice as much as Chanel.

I was in town waiting for another appointment. Nearly barefaced, I looked for a brown lipstick, but the nearest Sephora wasn’t nearby, and I was at Tokyu Hands. How bad could it be to find a lipstick in Tokyu Hands? Apparently, very difficult. For anyone who’s into makeup and skincare, one may notice that colors in Japanese cosmetics stay within a pretty safe range. And … Continue reading This lipstick costs twice as much as Chanel.