An annual anime festival, Anime Boston was held in Boston Hynes Convention Center in April 22 to 24, and the festival was thronged with many anime-fans. This festival is the one of biggest anime festival in the east coast. This year 19,136 anime fans gathered at the place, and they enjoyed cosplaying and contacted with Japanese pop culture like anime and manga. Japanese artists were invited to the festival as guests, their concert excited the audience.
For the Japanese damages on 3.11, many foreign celebrities offered their help to Japan. For example, Lady Gaga, who is a famous American singer, sold wristbands which she designed to collect donations. The amount of the donation was over twenty million yen in just two days. KARA, which is a Korean singer group, offered to donate all money from their profit on their song: “roller coaster love”. Not only Lady Gaga and KARA, but also other many celebrities offered their help to Japan. Japan has helped other countries as a developed country, but this time, other many countries helped Japan. We can see the good connection between Japan and other countries.
-by MegumiLOUIS VUITTON has appointed Angelina Jolie as a model. She took on only printing work. The contract money is 10 million dollars; it is about eight hundred million yen. The advertisement is going to be released around the world from this summer. LOUIS VUITTON has appointed celebrities as a model so far, for example, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez. She has acted a model of St. John that one of the fashion brands in the United States. St. John is well-known that the successive first lady of the United States loved it.
-by Rina“Glee” is a story of glee club in American high school and a new teacher who became an advisor of glee club which was on the verge of stopping their activity develops singing and dancing talent of the students. We tend to imagine glee club like a chorus, but “glee” is a performance style like singing and dancing.
Because many casts are from Broadway Musical and they are actually singing and dancing in “glee”, their performance quality is so high. As you watch it, you will want to sing the songs and dance together. In Japan, it is telecasted with BS premium and Fox channel and we can rent videos at TSUTAYA. The person who watched in Boston can continue to watch it in Japan.
Panda is scarcity animal that inhabited only China. It was the first time that giant pandas came to Japan about 40years ago. China gave two giant panda to Japan as a present for restoration of the relationship between two countries. Since that time, pandas are popular with Japanese people.
They have been kept at the Ueno Zoo. They continued to alternation of generations until 2008 when the last Panda (Linlin) died. Including her, it had 9 pandas there. Then as Japan lost the ownership, 2011 we received new two Pandas from China again. One is female Panda named Shinshin, and the other is male Panda named Li-Li. The exhibition of them began from this April.
After the broadcasting of “Winter Sonata” in 2003, “the Korean Wave” which refers to spread of South Korean culture started to come out among old women in Japan and many of them were absorbed in Korean young actors. Recently, the Korean Wave market has advanced into the young generation and Korean pop music which is more commonly refers to as K-pop has been very popular. K-pop group, KARA and Girl’s Generation took the 1st and 2nd in the newcomer department of Japanese music chart in 2010.
You can also experience and learn about the culture by eating traditional foods of the country as well as the entertainment. Especially, South Korea is located in next to Japan and now because of a weak won, it is easy and the best time to go South Korea to eat delicious hot foods. By the way, do you know about Korean table manners? These are some manners which are very different from Japanese table manners. Let’s eat and enjoy Korean foods in the right way!
Do not hold the rice bowl or plates in your hand during the meal.
Use spoon for rice and liquid foods, such as stews or soups; use chopsticks for other foods.
Drink alcohol turning beside if the person who is sitting in front of you is older than you.
-by KanaThe world-wide famous movie, Harry Potter series are coming to an end soon. Everybody knows Harry Potter, right? The last movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2” will come to theaters on July 15th, 2011. When the first movie came out, I was in elementary school. Now, I’m twenty years old. I can say that our generation grew up with “Harry Potter series’’. It’s kind of sad, but I’m very excited to see the new movie. It all ends on July 15. Don’t miss it!!
I would like to introduce helpful Podcasts for studying English. I always have listened famous podcasts among students who are studying English in Japan, for example, ‘CNN Student News’ or ‘TOEIC presents English Up grader.
However, they all are taking only American English, so actually when I listen not American English like British or Australian, I can’t catch what they mean.
Then, I retrieved some podcasts which taking British or Australian accent, in order to practice to accustom for not American English.
-by EriAmerica’s next top model is one of the famous reality dramas in America. About 14 ordinary girls who want to be an america’s top model are going to live together about three months. Each week, the one person will eliminated and the person who won the final is the champion. The winner will contract with a big cosmetic agency and can get 10 million dollars. And also she can cover some big magazine like ELLE girl.
Do you know why this TV program is really famous?? First of all, this TV program is produced by Tyra Banks, a very famous model all over the world. Second, candidates are fighting each other and some candidates have problems like too selfish, overconfidence and so on. That kind of girl’s battles make audience interesting.
Now in America, this TV program has finished 15 cycles. Because of this number, you may know it’s really interesting TV program.
Anyway, if you have a CATV in your house, you can watch this program or you can watch it on Youtube. It’s one of my favorite TV programs too, so please check it!
Baskin Robbins in Japan will serve their ice cream with 31% off price from April 27 to May 28 as a support for the reconstruction of East Japan Earthquake. They will donate 1% of this proceed to UNICEF, and it’s going to help the reconstruction from the disaster. Usually small doubled ice cream is 400 yen, but now it’s only 275 yen!