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Japanese Music: Shima No Utta

This last weekend we had the Miyakojima Music Convention. It is is a three day long convention held at the beach with artists coming from all over Japan.

I didn’t have the chance to attend the first two days, but was able to go on Sunday. Below is a video of Kazufumi Miyazawa singing “Shima No Uta”. It is probably his most famous song.

The Japanese word (島 しま shima) means island. (の no) is a word for possession), and (歌 うた uta) means song. So it translates as the “Island Song”. Island referring specifically to Okinawa.

The common lyrics you will here is “Shima no kaze, which means “island wind” or “island breeze”.

Okay, here’s the video:

 

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Learn Japanese: Japanese Restaurant

I mentioned that I would make some learn Japanese videos and here is the first one. There was a ton of video, but I tried to edit it down to make it simple and short. Most of the Japanese words are pretty simple ones, and some are repeated several times. I have a ton more video, so there will be more on the way! Please leave comments and feedback, and please subscribe to my Youtube Channel. I have some free gifts to give out once the channel reaches a certain number of subscribers.

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8 Days in Tokyo/Nagano/Nagoya

 

I got back from my trip to Tokyo, Nagano, and Nagoya (just an afternoon in Nagoya) a few days ago. I wasn’t used to the cold and dry weather, so it’s quite nice to be back in Okinawa again.

Tokyo was fun, but it has been a while since I lived there and getting used to all the people wasn’t that easy. I did get to see the new Skytree tower and took a ton of video and pictures.

Of course it will take me a little bit to get the editing done and figure out how I want to layout the series of videos, but I think I will have some interesting video for you.

Also, thanks for everyone who submitted the survey. It was very helpful in choosing what to shoot.

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Three days in Tokyo

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I arrived in Tokyo just a few days ago and after tomorrow I will be heading for Nagano.

As I mentioned in the previous post, I am taking video and a ton of pictures.

Most of the time I have spent has been with friends and going to restaurants, but I did get to go see the new Sky Tree building. I’ll put up pics when I get back.

Today I went to a wedding in Roppongi hills and am now sitting in my hotel’s lobby writing this post on my iPhone. It’s the only place I can get wifi.

I have four more days left before going back to Okinawa, so lots more video and pictures to take. I also have a few gifts I will be giving away when I get back.

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Japanese Video Lesson Survey

In a few days I will be travelling to Tokyo and Nagano for a friend’s wedding. While I am there, I thought I would shoot some video and Japanese conversation so everyone can learn some real world phrases and words. If there are enough people who are interested in the videos, I will also continue to make them when I get back to Okinawa.

To find out what kinds of videos and situations you might be interested in I have have created a short survey.

It will be very helpful if you can fill it out and give your opinion. You can find it at the link below.

Survey

I look forward to getting your feedback.

 

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