Source: Anime Aura
One Piece 660 is a sad episode, seeing a nation come to its knees because one of the former rulers (who became a Celestial Dragon) returns to take it back. Donflamingo is a really annoying guy. I can’t believe he could be this bad. I still remember the first time I saw him a […]
Source: Japan Kaleidoskop
Autumn Leaves is the title of this ukiyo-e, painted by the Japanese artist Torii Kotondo in 1933. On the kimono you see momiji, maple leaves in orange-red shades, a typical color and motif of autumn in Japan.
Source: Japanese Blog
I don’t believe that I covered this topic in the past. This is one of those basic grammar lesson, and it is very important to know. Today, let me cover the personal pronouns.
photo from Stevie Spiers (Photography) on flickr.com
The major personal pronouns we use in Japanese are:
Watashi (私、わたし) - I
Anata (あなた) – You
Kare (彼、かれ) – He
Kanojo (彼女、かのじょ) – She
In Japanese, “I” is “Watashi”. However, during our conversation, we often omit the word “watashi”. This is true, especially in less formal conversation. I added the word, “watashi” below, but you can say it without the word
Similar approach is applied to the word “You”, “Anata” in Japanese.
This can be said ” Ie wa doko deuka?” without “Anata”
When using “He” , “She” or “Kare”, or “Kanojo”, we do add the pronouns in our sentences.
What if you want to make these pronouns plural. Let me show you how …continue reading
Illya (Illyasviel von Einzbern) is a typical young girl attending Homurabara Academy who just happens to have a slight crush on her brother-in-law. Then, one night, a magic wand called Magical Ruby falls from the sky into her bath and tricks her into signing a contract. At first it was looking like a typical magical show with just Fate characters added to the mix. However, later in the series the action scenes actually got me interested to finish through. When the announcement for second season was announced, I went ahead and read the manga from there and found out there was a deeper storyline and before I knew it I got hooked onto the series so I’m excited for what comes in second season. The series’ storyline after this season does resemble to me of Mahou Sensei Negima’s manga version by Ken Akamatsu, as well as a bit of Madoka Magica’s but rather Fate’s Dark side of their story.
On the surface you have yet another magical girl/comedy/parody of the genera that uses familiar characters from the fate franchise to pull in the audience. At the core you have a clever, interesting. very action packed and some times cynical anime that …continue reading
Source: Visual Anthropology of Japan
Image and text borrowed from MSN News, August 7, 2014.
When a monkey commandeered a nature photographer’s camera on a small Indonesian island a few years ago, the results were extraordinary. Among the images captured by the crested black macaque were a few amazing images of himself.
Those monkey selfies made headlines back in 2011, and two of the photographs made their way to the Wikipedia page for the monkey’s species, which is endangered. Wikipedia only uses images that are in the public domain, but the feeling was that, since the monkey snapped the photo, no one could claim the copyrights to it.
“This file is in the public domain, because as the work of a non-human animal, it has no human author in whom copyright is vested,” Wikipedia’s collective band of editors explained.
The nature photographer, David Slater, felt otherwise. He sent a takedown request to the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia, claiming that the photographs belong to him because they were taken with his camera.
“We didn’t agree, so we denied the request,” Wikimedia said in a new report about takedown requests it has received. The organization clearly highlighted the monkey selfie dispute in an effort to …continue reading