April 29, 2007 at 5:13 PM #52891
When do you know you love someone?
And how can you be sure that you really do?
The guy in the next video is clumsy.
Yet his girl loves him just the way he is.
With all the abundacies and fancies that surround
the Japanese youth today, many of them are lost within themselves.
The younger generation did not experience and has a small knowledge
about their defeated war. And that is the thing being feared by most
of the Japanese seniors. They have to know that their forefathers
have strived to get into this prosperity. That these are fruits of
hard labors and endless struggles.
Still, some of the youth are lost.
Juvenile deliquencies, students comitting suicides, and so on and so forth.
Yet most of them somehow learns to search for the right track.
They call it, “searching for my place.”
A place where they belong, a place meant for their existence.
Many of them, if not all, don’t have religion.
They know about the concept of God, but before
searching and trying to understand something that is too complicated as religion,
most of them start with understanding their inner self.
“We, towards the future
Inside of day to day changes
Open the gates of tomorrow
And depart for a journey with no destination…”
“When a man fails, there is always a woman behind.”
That’s what I heard my teenage friend in Laguna said.
And as long as I can recall, I have spent 60% of my teenage days
admiring a girl and working for love, while all of my friends
spent 99% of their days courting and working for their unintentional pregnancies.
Failure, indeed, can be the other side of a woman.
Yet I did not fail… because at the end,
it was my decision and not the woman’s.
When I left Laguna for Japan at age 20,
three of my friends got married because their partners were pregnant.
Getting married is not a failure, of course.
In fact they did win, they won the heart of the girl they love
and received a lovely gift of a child.
But when you come to realize about how early they were
compeled to settle down, and with all honesty, search if there’s no regret…
The Japanese people, on the other hand, know another failure.
Unlike the old traditional Japanese way of arranged marriage,
where your bride will be someone just introduced to you some few days ago,
many of them are now getting married with someone they really love.
Their love affairs are also accompanied with failures
but it’s not the only failure they know and is never the failure they emphasize.
Failure, to them is a friend.
Something that teaches them where they got it wrong.
They are not afraid to fail.
It doesn’t matter to them how many times they fall.
And they have cried an awful lot enough
being more than just lovers but dreamers and challengers.
This next video is entitled “Tears.”
Tears shed down after a failure.
“Your eyes that is full of tears
These tears you have squirreled away
Take this opportunity to exchange them
Into a chance of once again becoming
A little bit stronger than before…
Take off your old shoes
And walk away…”
April 29, 2007 at 2:06 PM #52888
After the Japanese lost the war in 1945,
known as the end of World War II, how did they rise from the ashes?
They lost the war, they lost their pride,
they lost their family members, they lost their belongings,
they lost everything…. all that was left, a devastated land.
Even before I came here, these thoughts were already
present somewhere in the corners of my mind.
Sometime in 1993 or 1994 when we were
studying Asian History in High School.
Japan, as our history teacher said, is now the tiger cub in
Asia, with its rapid economic growth; and China, is a sleeping dragon.
I’m now on my 9th years of stay in this country.
Japan is no longer a cub.
The sleeping dragon is already awaken and threatens to consume
more than half of the world’s resources.
Moreover, the dragon is not alone, if you know about BRICS.
And yet, the Japanese economy still continues to flourish,
and for a decade to come will still continue to do so.
Have I found out the reason why?
Did I get the answers to my questions?
The answer is almost, yes.
To relate them will be a long story so I choose
The next video is an openning of a TV program here in Japan
known as, “Project X.” The program’s main purpose is to
bring into the spotlight the nameless heroes who contributed
and brought Japan to its prosperity now. It tackles about
their dreams, their most foolish dreams…and how they have
been fool enough to become wise.
With the advent of radios, televisions and the internet,
the world continues to be overwhelmed with attention seekers
those who wish to get your attention and bring the spotlight to them.
But these nameless heroes didn’t aspire for anything but
the completion of their dreams. They were not concerned even
if no one was there to laud their accomplishments.
It didn’t bother to them even there was no spotlight to
lighten themselves. They lived with their eyes focused on the grounds.
Now when a famous female singer song writer
was asked to compose a song that will bring them to the spotlight,
the music artist created a song that inspired every Japanese worker today.
The song which is also the TV program’s entrance theme
has the title, “Stars on the Surface of the Earth.”
This part relates the making of the entrance song
and how the Japanese workers now love this song.
The artist decided to sing the the song inside a tunnel.
The tunnel itself was one of the most difficult projects
that was tackled in Project X.
The same artist created the program’s ending theme.
And just like the entrance theme, it turned out to be a very excellent piece.
“Headlight, Taillight…the Journey is not Over Yet.”
April 28, 2007 at 8:42 PM #52842
Intentional or not, perhaps you have already heard hip hop rap
be it the black American hip hop or simply just one of the
many rants of, ah!… I forgot the name.
Japanese rap, although just any other rap music, originated
from the black American hip hop. Other than that, there’s nothing else
you can mention that is not of their own.
This next video was the most famous song in Japan few years ago.
Its lyrics even appeared in Japanese Highschool literature textbooks.
How on earth a hip hop rap would be included in a textbook?
Well, I remember during my highschool days when we learned
about the song, “Masdan Mo Ang Kapaligiran” by Asin in our Filipino class.
And to tell you the truth, this Japanese song is as much poetic
as that song of Asin, and the message is very straight forward,
…yet unlike the Asin song, is somewhat romantic.
The song is entitled, “Cherry”, and relates about the memories
of a lost love remembered under the same place where the cherries bloom.
Cherry blossom is an spectacular view in Japan during spring season.
It also has a great meaning for every Japanese, more than just a cherry blossom.
Japanese fiscal year starts every first of April of every year.
That’s the beginning of another school year, or a company year if you are employed.
It happens at spring time, just as the cherries start to bloom.
People bid farewell to their friends after graduation,
and then move on to meet different new faces and relationships.
This next video is also about cherry blossom
with a slightly melancholic tune, but the message it brings is really wonderful.
“Those days when there was a clear brightness in your eyes
Don’t let it be stained by the fast changing of times
Please don’t say anything more
There shouldn’t be any words that can express
Tears shed down become rain drops that fall
Healing the wounds in my heart
Every person in their shores
Has a flower they won’t let go
It’s not a tough flower
A fragile trembling flower
But has the strong feeling to survive
As many times as its number of petals
Even when hit by blows of a storm
Still believes all rains doesn’t last for long”
This next song is a love song, period. 😀
“Promise to make you happy all the time
This I gentle sing unto the winds
Love until now… still remains the love for you”
April 28, 2007 at 9:28 AM #52819
This is the very first Japanese Pop song
that I heard when I first arrived in this beautiful country.
The title says, “Should be able to fly even the heights of the sky.”
Not able to understand even a single lyrics of it,
the coolness of its melody remained in my mind for months
even after I returned to Laguna after completing my two months visit in Japan.
When I came back here after two years and
learned the meaning of its lyrics, I just couldn’t believe
that somehow, it was all about my own experience.
“The miracle of being able to meet you
Is over-filled within my breast
I know for sure that at this very moment
I should be able to freely fly, even the heights of the skies”
“….the world that shines in waste
even if they turn us down…
…I just want you to stay … and laugh with me all the time”
If you want some smooth rythmn to cool you down,
this song fits enough to calm you peacefully just like a soft flowing breeze.
“Even only the sound of words, I love you,
I feel like I can become strong
A slight happiness I will hug
that it would almost get squashed…”
This one is from the group “Puffy,”
these two Japanese female artists are also very famous in the United States.
A song entitled, “Blue Tears”.
Though I think “Green Tears” is rather a good translation for it.
In Japan the “Green Light” in road signal lights
are not called “Green” but “Blue”.
You should be astonished as how a Japanese would say,
“Okay, we can now cross the road since the light is now blue.”
You may say,”What!? It’s green!!!”
But no, “green” in Japanese is “green” and “blue” is “blue.
Although sometimes, “green” are also called “blue.”
Primarily because they call something that is unripe
or someone who is immatured as “blue.”
In nature, unripe ones (especially fruits) are green in color,
but to the Japanese, they are “blue.”
It’s pretty much confusing.
Just like the girl in this video, she’s confused too.
It’s called “Blue Tears” perhaps because
of her admiration to a guy that she failed to express.
(Yes, it’s a common thing here in Japan for
a girl to court the guy she likes.)
April 28, 2007 at 6:56 AM #52806
Something cool and stunning about Japanese Pop
is that most of them are composed of meaningful lyrics.
Even a simple everyday life routine when worded
poetically sounds so astounding that it will easily penetrate
the red human sensor in your breast before you know it.
You will just smile and nod, “ah, so true…”
This one entitled “Samurai Soul” has been played
in my ears for a hundred times now.
And I guess I’ll be playing it a thousand times more. 😀
“Anyway, how about laughing for a while?”
That’s the title of this next Japanese Pop video.
Japanese comedy is not much of the kind of Pinoy comedy.
They are indeed full of humour, and most of the time
you will see them searching and even paying for the fun of it.
Unlike Pinoy Jokes, Japanese Jokes are mostly clean jokes.
They have a label called “Shimo Neta” for green jokes
which you will find 90% in Pinoy Jokes.
Sad to say but true, most Pinoy Jokes are “under the belt” wit.
This song, “Anyway, how about laughing for a while?”,
is not about cracking a joke and laughing, though.
It’s about having a chuckle a little while
even though it seems that the odds are all against you.
And yeah, no one knows what tomorrow may bring,
but anyhow, how about laughing for a while?
Not because of green jokes, of course.
Now this one comes with a good animated presentation.
Very creative, I guess.
Not to mention how nice the song and the message within.
What a cool melody and a nice rythmn.
But the song itself is relating or expressing the contemplations
of a young man who is in the midst of uncertain decisions and personality.
“Eventhough there’s something that can be done for others
I can’t seem to live for the sake of other people
Oh, Lord! Is it right for me to be just like this?
One who doesn’t really understand anything until now
Turns into an adult, does what is supposed to do
Shrinking myself in proportion to the number of my wounds
Aaahhhh, my chest is gonna burst!
Anyone, please come around!”
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