Reminding You That It’s Okay

In this day and age, people get more worked up about certain things than they need to. In fact, people being inundated about information about the entire world should cause that — but wait a moment, take a breath. Things aren’t all bad, or even half bad.

Here are some Japanese songs to remind you of that:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fPL4jHbyQo[/youtube]

Man – Shou ga Aru. The lyrics are there in the video, and listed in Japanese in its description, reminding us that something can always be done. A reader, Marin, introduced me to Man. Already I like him, singing messages such as these. Some people refer to this age as the “the end times”, for some reason, just because bad things are happening and they are more aware of them now, as opposed to their sheltered childhoods. Well, we’re no worse off than mankind ever has been, and if you’ve ever read a single bit of history then you’ve got to believe that. Revolutions are taking place even as we speak, because people feel compelled to move. Something can always be done.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7mvGZzHHbY[/youtube]

Ulfuls – Eenen. The lyrics say it all  – “It’s fine if you regret; it’s fine if you start over; it’s fine if you fail; it’s fine if we go again; it’s fine if you face forward; it’s fine if your heart moves on; that’s fine, that’s fine!” I think people worry about some things too much, or view failure in the wrong way. Yes, especially in the US; we even worry about completely rubbish issues that only people in the Esteem level of Maslow’s pyramid would make up. Part of growing up is realizing that dealing with things and just moving on or trying again is fine.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMEWsRENj6A[/youtube]

Kishidan – I Love You. The subs in the video are in Spanish – more options here. This song is different from the others in that it deals specifically with relationships and the pain they can bring. Ultimately, you must power through the bad times and accept that love still exists.

I love the great little things life can bring. It all adds up to something fantastic. We can’t ignore or dismiss our problems, certainly, but we also can’t take good things for granted. So, clear your head, lift your hands up to the air and say, “It’s okay!!”

SPONGE BAWB!!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytHUb9U6i7I[/youtube]

As a once-avid fan of Spongebob, and one curious about Spongebob’s overseas popularity, this amuses me to no end.

(Also, take this to be my “not dead” post! Many things happened since October. I may begin occasionally posting things that are simpler to write about, like Japanese video games or conventions. Not often, just sometimes — and always with a theme.)

Nashville Celebration of Cultures 2010

Sing! Dance! Everybody loves everybody! We’re all connected!

In an effort to get out to more festivals (because, as it turns out, there are a lot of cool ones locally, especially this time of year), I went to the Celebration of Cultures at Centennial Park earlier this month. This happened shortly after a rather successful cultural gathering at my old college (I think the third), and some of the people who were there were also here. I was at the fest all day; it was great. All kinds of people and world cultures combine into one big, awesome fest of love. I danced, I ate, I tanned! But I didn’t eat much because all the food lines were really long. I didn’t get to try all the foods I’d like to have. I need something authentic and Greek,  that’s what I need.

Mostly what I did was watch dance performances and browse the tons of stalls. Even then, I feel like I could have seen more. Everything was so cool, and it was quite impossible to see all of it… I’m anticipating seeing more next year. I did manage to see traditional Japanese dance, but have no photos of it.

Of course, there were several Japan-related booths, like Happy Japan, which always makes an appearance at MTAC (and also Nashville Anime Day, and maybe GMX this weekend?), and another booth filled with anime and Japanese things (at which I bought a parasol, a towel with a Toshusai Sharaku ukiyo-e print on it, and a katana letter opener, because I’m a huge geek). But then there was the World Market section, with booths representing countries around the world! And, of course, there resided a Japan booth.

Name-writing in kanaGet your name written in kana!

Games!Games! I was terrible at all of them. Neno nearly killed me with one of them, too! True story.

Japanese games are fun!Oh! Actually, I wasn’t terrible at the sumo-tapping game (almost front-and-center, there). That one’s my fave. I want one for myself.

Nashville Cherry BlossomsThe people taking charge of this booth are also related to the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival, which I completely forgot to go to this year. Spring will be here in no time, though! I anticipate next year’s very much! I love cherry blossoms, along with plums (which I saw a lot of in Franklin in Spring). They’re going to plant 100 cherry blossom trees here every year for 10 years. Let’s make Nashville beautiful!

The culture celebration was a very nice event on a very beautiful day. I almost wish it had been multiple days. I am excited for next year. Seriously, I can’t get enough of things like this. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it last year.

And I’ll end this post with a very gryphon-like…caaaaw!

Me inside the Parthenon, because it was free that day (and I hadn't been since I was a kid)

Animations from Cute to Cool

I enjoyed doing my past blog matsuri research for nice independent animations on the internet made by Japanese people. I should keep posting them from time to time. Here’s an adorable one I just saw, which is actually Taiwanese:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qCbiCxBd2M[/youtube]

Don’t read the comments there if you go to Youtube; though you should never read Youtube comments anyway.

Speaking of animation, I also just saw some pretty neat and elaborate sketch animations for the next Castlevania game. I actually don’t see these kinds of things often, so it’s really cool.

omg
BOOSH!

Download them here.