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Sorry there wasn’t a song of the week last Sunday.  It completely slipped my mind.  It very nearly slipped my mind this week but not quite.

Lately Japan has been on my mind quite a bit since the huge disaster that struck there this week.  It is a tragic situation that landed heavily on my heart even though I have very little direct connection to it.

In light of what is going on there now I wanted to dedicate this week’s song to everyone over there and feature a hopeful song from one of my favorite Japanese bands.  It’s a band I’ve featured here before but that’s alright.

Sambomaster – Utagoe Yoo Kore

P.S.

If you’d like to donate to the Red Cross’s Japan relief fund you can go to this link.

Also, Crunchyroll.com (a site that streams Asian TV shows) is offering to match any donations made up to $5,000.  You can visit this link for that.

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Prayers for Japan

photo from japanator.com

Right now my thoughts and prayers are going out to the people of Japan and along the Pacific coastline.  Early this morning an 8.9 magnitude earthquake occurred 80 miles off of the northern coast of Japan.  This was the largest earthquake ever in Japanese history and caused a large Tsunami to strike the coastal towns in the region causing massive damage and yet unknown casualties.

Though I have not yet had the chance to visit the country, Japan has long been a place dear to my heart.  I encourage everyone to keep the Japanese people in your prayers and help however you can once we find out the best way to do that.

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I’ve said it many times now but I really am going to get back to regular article posts (at least one is in the works now) but until then here is some more great music to end/start off your week with.

This week I wanted to bring you a band that I first discovered from a song during the credits of a random film.  I tracked down what the song was, looked up some of their other songs and became an instant fan.  Since then Sambomaster has become one of those bands that is perfect for relaxing and an instant mood boost.

Enjoy.

Sambomaster – Kimi ni Kirei no Kizuite Okure

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So about the time I was planning on posting the song of the week yesterday I managed to fall asleep and not wake up until it was time to go to work.  Thus this week’s pick is a day late.

This week we are still keeping with the relaxing Sunday afternoon music but this time we are going international. This is a band that I just recently discovered while listening to the Japanator Radio podcast.  For a band with such a easygoing and relaxing sound (rather Vampire Weekend-esqe) I never want to just say their name normally.  Instead I always want to yell it while shaking my fist in the air.  Try it, it’s fun.

Enough about my odd habits.  Enjoy the music.

Ogre You Asshole – Ukarete Iru Hito

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You may know this already know this but I am a fan of Asian film and animation.  In my general love of media it holds special appreciation for me.  As a result of that I was able to discover a site called Japan Cinema.

Japan Cinema is a site dedicated to exploring and reviewing films from all over Asia (not just Japan).  The reviews are well thought out and through and it serves as a great resource for discovering new things and seeing just what is up to snuff in the field.  If that sounds up your ally then go check out Japan Cinema.

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Call Me Al

I found a job, well a part time job at least.  I’ll be working back in the kitchen at Breadeaux Pizza in Perry.  I’m still going to keep looking for some more work to go on top of that but I am thankful to have that.

In other news, there has been something I have been reluctant to mention on here because it is so uncertain.  I have taken a step towards living my dreams and chasing after a calling.  A couple weeks ago I submitted an application to work as an English language teacher through the Lutheran church.  It is something I have been longing to do and even felt called to do for quite some time and I figured if I don’t do this while I am still young I likely never will.

It will be quite a while before I find out what will become of that application but I can’t help but get my hopes up alittle (I actually bought that book you see there).  Be praying for me.

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When you play video games as much as I do you start to get odd cravings for what you would like to play.  A couple weeks ago I had one such craving.  I had the urge to play an anime style adventure fighting game–an oddly specific urge.  Thus I hoped on half.com to see what I could find dirt cheep.

What I found was the game Natuto: Rise of a Ninja.  The Naruto anime and manga franchises are ones that have become very popular but I never had much interest in them or knew too much about them (the characters always seemed a bit juvenile to me) but this game was just fun on it’s own merits.

While the characters aren’t terribly complex I did find one thing interesting about Naruto.  I remember reading once that the over all story of Naruto is a bit of an allegory for Japan’s often complicated relationship to the western world.  The character of Naruto himself is a brash, loud and reckless teenager who is determined to be the best no matter what.  Along with that he also tries his best to do the right thing and always means well but more often than not ends up screwing things up and sometimes causing more damage than good.  Can you take a wild guess at who Naruto is supposed to represent?

I find this to be the interesting part about Naruto’s story–to see what happens when this brash adolescent operates in the midst of an ancient, noble, and honorable ninja community.  With that in mind you can almost forgive the fact that he is always wearing that ridiculous bright orange jumpsuit.

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