June 10, 2012

ジェロのニューヨークのデビュー「上を向いて歩こう」JERO's New


JERO performed the popular "Suki Yaki" song as an encore during his wonderful New York City début at Japan Society. I am sure you can hear the crowd singing too. Please enjoy.

March 6, 2012

311 Japan One Year Later

My contribution to the one year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

キャプション: 東日本大震災1年後。復興はこれからも長く続きます。被災地と被災者を忘れないでください。

Caption: One year after the Great Tohoku Earthquake in Japan. The recovery and revitalization of the area has a long way to go. Please don't forget the Tohoku region or its people.





Also please consider a donation to Japan Society's Japan Emergency Relief Fund. https://www.japansociety.org/page/earthquake

December 11, 2011

[Japanese Vlog] Fall Forest Full of Animals w/subtitles


November 21, 2011

[Shady Japanese] How to Piss-off Your Mom

After some requests, I thought I would make some Japanese language videos. Hopefully I can make some fun ones with things that aren't already covered in other videos out there.

I decided to role play a scene where a kid is complaining to his mother. Watch and learn some phrases that will have your mom slapping you in no time.

Want to learn something specific? Leave a comment.

For the record, I am not a native Japanese speaker. I just happen to speak the language and want to share.

October 1, 2011

Giant Penis in Japan

What more can I say, it's a penis, its 475 kg and it's 3 m 20 cm long and in the middle of nowhere.

Well there actually is more to the story.  These little shrines dot the countryside of Japan and there are even festivals to celebrate the penis.  As you can imagine, there are shrines to the opposite sex too.

These shrines are for fertility and people often go to pray for their child's or their own fertility.  People might need to start praying a little hard in light of the fact that Japan's population in shrinking.

Either way, these shrines provide a little entertainment and head scratching for non-natives when they happen upon them for the first time.

September 15, 2011

Universal Studios Japan - A Girl's Wet Dream

There is only one dream that Japanese girls nurture will growing-up until it becomes a full-blown hysteria by her coming of age day (成人の日).  The dream of going to Universal Studios Japan.  The possibility of running around in a fairy tale were the characters are real and willing to take photos with you is too irresistible.  With that in mind, I headed to USJ with my video camera and offer you two glimpses into what little Japanese girls are dreaming.

The first video captures the Christmas parade in all its dancing Mrs. Claus glory and the second video follows two toy soldiers who walk in robot like synchronization.

August 9, 2011

Malaysia & Other Travels

Coconut Beach            Horizon Pier

Above are four pictures from Mabul island off the coast of Borneo Malaysia.  The diving around there is great, but the real gem is the island Sipidan, which is 30 minutes by boat and has a mass of marine biodiversity that will blow astonish you.  It is ranked as one of the top dive spots in the world and without a doubt worth a trip.  I bumped into a number of dive masters who came from Thailand just to dive here.  It is wonderful.  Below is a video by one of the local dive shops:

I have filled in a map below showing the places in the world I have been fortunate enough to visit.  I have to thank my family and my choices so far that have let me experience delectable foods, hike in the rain forest, climb ruins, and dive under the sea.  I hope to keep traveling and exploring close to home and across the seas.

I hope you too are seeing all the places you longed to see and remember you don't have to be rich to travel the world you just need the will and the desire.

Cheers! fellow travelers and explorers.

visited 17 states (7.55%)

August 4, 2011

Japanese Ginkgo Leaves (fall's last hope in the face of winter)

I wanted to make a video that said goodbye to fall and embraced the long cold winter to come. The ginkgo leaves , which held their shape and color until the beginning of the winter, were the best and last standing representative of fall I could find. 

I think the images show a little bit of fall and the soundtrack "Mir" by Doc foreshadows the winter to come. The video was filmed on a Canon T1i with a Tamron 28-75mm 2.8f lens.