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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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Taiko (Japanese Drumming) in Miyakojima, Japan

Have a short video here for of some Taiko (Japanese Drumming) and dancing of a very cool song. The video was taken this last weekend from an event I attended near my home. The performance was lead by a professional taiko team, but also had participants from all age groups including adults and very young children.

I hope you like the video. If you would like me to post more stuff like this, let me know in the comments!

 

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Adventures in Miyakojima: The Pumpkin Cave

Well, we are now in the middle of June and the weather here in Miyakojima has really started to warm up. Which means it’s time for BBQs, snorkeling, diving, and all kinds of other outdoor activities. Since a lot of my friends and family don’t know what it’s like over here, I have decided to start shooting short videos on the different places and events that we go.

I have titled the series “Adventures in Miyakojima”. Since many of my family and friends don’t speak Japanese I am commentating in English, but there is also some speaking in Japanese as well. Check out the video and let me know what you think.

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Japanese Folk Song on the Sanshin (家庭和合)

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Over the last few weeks I have been spending a lot of time preparing for an sanshin performance. For those who don’t know, the sanshin is an traditional three-stringed instrument popular in Okinawa. I started playing earlier this year and ended up joining a サークル (club) in my area.

Last week, the サークル (myself not included) performed at a traditional Miyakojima folk song (宮古民謡、みやこみんよう)concert. My camera unfortunately broke a few weeks ago, but I did manage to capture it with my iphone.

*If you don’t understand any of it, please don’t worry. It is sung in the Miyako dialect which bares very little resemblance to Japanese. The hardest part of learning hasn’t been the sanshin, but remembering the words in Miyakogo!

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Orion Beer Festival 09

Hi, guys! My name is Eri and I’ll be writing about Japanese culture, events in Japan, and also answering questions about Japanese! I’ll also be creating Japanese Language videos with Nick! Hope you’ll enjoy them! ヨロシク〜 😉

Summer is the busiest season for Miyakojima. (Miyakojima is a small sub-tropical island of Okinawa. It is located about half way between Mainland of Okinawa and Taiwan.)

We get the largest number of tourists around this time of the year, the kids are out of school, and yes, lots of events to go to!! 🙂 Yesterday, Nick and I attended the Orion Beer Festival here in Miyakojima. Orion Beer is Okinawa’s most famous beer company, and they hold this festival every year.I must say, people here looooooove to get together and DRINK!! It seems the entire island comes to this festival and enjoys time with family and friends.

The festival had several live performances including sanshin, taiko, and more modern music as well. And of course, beer!

*a list of Japanese vocabulary with English translations can be found at the bottom of the page.

Okinawan Drum Dancer

Okinawan Drum Dance (琉球太鼓:Ryukyu Daiko)

The type of music used for Okinawan Drum Dance is called “エイサー”. It is a traditional Okinawan music for 盆踊り(Bonodori).

Its choreography is inspired from Karate moves. Karate was originally founded in Okinawa.

I love Ryukyu Daiko!  It is かっこいい (kakkoii)!

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a local band called “Kagihana Band”

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Kampai (カンパイ!)with Orion Campaign Girls

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A local band called “Harvesta” performed a type of reggae rap.

And, Today’s special Live performed by BENI. She does TV Commercials for Orion’s.

Japanese Words List

ビール – Beer

カンパイ(乾杯)- Cheers

かっこいい – Looks cool!

盆踊り-ぼんおどり- Japanese traditional grouped dance for Summer time

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