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Japanese on Human Target

September 17th, 2009

Let me first start out by saying that this preview for Fox’s Human Target came to my attention back in May, but I figured I should wait a bit since the actual show won’t start until fall. Upcoming disappointment? I’m not sure. I know it’s based on a comic book, but I’ve no idea how good the comic is, or if this show will even come close to replicating it anyway. If Mark Valley’s supposed to be fluent in any number of other languages, we could feel the giddy excitement that comes from watching him maul them too. If it’s just Japanese, I’ve got to say that the actors in Heroes have totally whooped his behonkus. You can watch the actual full trailer from Fox Broadcasting below.

The show looks kind of fun, sure. I’m going to watch it, if for no other reason than to listen for any other horrendous Japanese lines. Gotta love the possible connotation of the elderly Japanese dude’s words to him, though, right? 「あなたの日本語はどこで習いましたか?」and「日本語上手ですね。」OUCH. The classic response. I’m kind of thrilled a bit that it was included in a realistic way. Ha ha.

Was I justified in using katakana in the banner image?

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If anyone out there is a better listener than I am, please feel free to take a crack at the word that he said that I’ve got down as 《ふしょうねん?》in the captions. I have no clue what that was supposed to be. Admittedly, my vocabulary needs work, so if you can parse what he’s saying please leave a comment and I’ll correct the captions. I’d appreciate it. It’s gnawing away at me…and I’ve watched that clip more times than necessary…

Customary Drivel, Humor, Media, Unsolicited Commentary, Video, 日本語

YouTube Subtitles on a Mac

September 15th, 2009

The video I’ve embedded here, which subscribers may have already seen, is a segment from the NHK Matsuyama Branch about one of the summer camps I went to. I had commenters asking me what was being said. I knew that real subtitles (not hard subtitles, where the text is actually part of the video itself) were doable through the Closed Captioning options on YouTube. I’d seen it done bilingually lots of times by one of my favorite Japan-related YouTubers, Hikosaemon. (Go subscribe if you’re curious!) I set out to try and do so myself, but felt discouraged after watching several tutorials – all of which used Windows software. Until I could find a Mac-viable option, it looked like creating a text file with the proper format by hand was my only option… Read more…

Customary Drivel, Media, Video, 日本語

Undokai Timelapse

September 11th, 2009

We had the seasonal fall undokai (運動会, or Sports Day) at school on Wednesday, and I grabbed a golden opportunity. I asked for permission to shoot a timelapse video from the 3rd floor of the school building nearest the athletic grounds. When I had secured permission, I asked if I could borrow a tripod from the school and they found one. (Mine is currently living elsewhere and I’m attempting to purchase a Gorilla pod to replace it anyway.)

On the morning of the event I placed the camera and started recording just after the morning staff meeting. I locked the classroom door and left the camera to slowly capture one frame every ten seconds. After we finished cleaning up and before the post-event celebratory drinking party, I went back to stop the recording and retrieve the camera. I was more than pleased with the results. What do you think? Cool, right?

Customary Drivel, Media, Video

Okinawa Photo Roundup

September 8th, 2009

Sweet! Progress! Here are 62 pictures to accompany the video roundup from my vacation in Okinawa. If you’ve seen the videos and bother to read the captions, I think you’ll easily be able to piece together what the trip was like, so I won’t bore you with a drawn out play-by-play recap. Feel free to shoot me any questions in the comments, and I’ll do my best to answer them! (Comments have been dead lately, thanks to my neglect. Please help me resuscitate the site!) I’ve got several other posts in the pipeline before I get back to regular stuff, so stay tuned! :-) Also, I want to recognize Jonathan Wells, my new buddy, for providing me with all of the underwater photos and video – he kindly shared them with me and gave me permission to publish them here and elsewhere online. I couldn’t have shared it with you without him. Thanks Jon! :-D

Customary Drivel, Media, Photos, Trips

Okinawa Video Roundup

September 7th, 2009

Ok, continuing on my attempt to catch up with all of the events of this summer, here’s a quick video roundup from my trip to Okinawa. These are my first vacation videos every shot using an HD camera – and although these videos are not uploaded in HD (thanks iMovie), they still look pretty darn sweet if you ask me – and some of the comment section folks on YouTube. :-) They are pretty long actually – 2 of them come within seconds of the 10 minute cutoff, in fact. But I think they’re fun.

This first video shows a bunch of stuff in Naha and the southern parts of Okinawa’s main island. You’ll see clips from the Peace Memorial Park & Museum, Himeyuri Monument, the Naha Harbor Diner, Shuri Castle, and a bus trip northward to the Nago and Motobu area.

The second video features our visit to the Churaumi Aquarium, famous for having the largest single viewing window in any aquarium on earth (yes – bigger than Atlanta’s) and three whale sharks in the same tank. You’ll also see Cape Hedo, a lovely secluded beach where we snorkeled an afternoon away, a restaurant where we tried raw goat meat (yes…goat sashimi…with skin still attached, even…), and random good times in the area.

The final video is basically a ton of scuba diving. Why? Well, that’s kind of what we did in Okinawa. A ton of scuba diving. I went there hoping for 3 or 4 dives, but we pulled off 7 killer dives in the lovely tropical waters. Lots of seriously old reefs (they are freaking huge, mature architectural structures – amazing, really) to visit, fish to see, and nooks and crannies to explore. We did three dives at the Sunabe Sea Wall, one dive out at Okuma Beach Resort, and three more dives out in the Kerama Islands. Gorgeous. I hope to return and dive in the Ishigaki and Yonaguni areas someday. Perhaps with manta rays or hammerhead sharks.

Which Okinawa video did you like best?

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Culinary, Media, Trips, Video

Not Dead!

September 2nd, 2009

Wow, it’s September already. If you’ve been following my YouTube Channel, you’d know I’m not totally dead. (And hey – if you’re not subscribed, go subscribe!) This has, without a doubt, been the single wackiest summer to date. You’d probably also know I’m not dead if you checked my Facebook profile. If you were looking for me in any of my other regular haunts, though – Twitter, JapanSoc, my own blog, then you were plumb out of luck. And don’t feel bad about it either – my own mother sent me three separate “are you alive” emails at different points during this long silent period. I assure you that I’m healthy and in good spirits – it’s just that I was away from home more than not. This summer has been laughably busy.

Here’s my game plan for the next week or so. First, I’ll post the videos that I’ve uploaded to YouTube over the break here as well. I’ve got a contest in the works, too. Then I’ll start to get back to my semi-regular posting. I’ll start off with these two videos


Timelapses during the rainy season.

The solar eclipse as seen from the mountains in Ozu.

Coming soon: the NHK coverage of this year’s Nametoko English Camp and how I made English and Japanese subtitles for it to include on the YouTube version on my iMac. :-) That’s right, I’m back. And yes – I will also continue the Japanese Tongue Twisters project.

Customary Drivel, Media, Video