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Kimonos on Someday … Haruka Kodama on her “Coming of Age Day” January 9, 2017.

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Oh … she turned 20 this past year. Will Harrupi just keep getting more and more beautiful every year?

It was “Coming of Age Day” in Japan on  Monday, January 9th. Several members of the AKB48 family were in attendance at Kanda Myojin shrine. I would like to share photos of all of them, but have been too busy to make blog posts. I thought I would at least share a few photos of one of my favorite HKT48 members — Haruka Kodama. “Harrupi” looks happy, and she STUNS as per usual in her blue and floral pattern furisode. The hairpins were homemade by the delicious young idol herself.

Holy Happy Homemade Hawkstown Harrupi Hairpins!!!

I am still in the process of collecting images from Google, Tumblr, and various websites which have covered the event. Several other of my favorites also were at the event. I will need to find photos of the glorious face of Nao Furuhata, the intimidating Jurina Matsui (who colored her famous jet-black hair for the event!), and that peppy little Ririka Sotou … just to name a few.

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“… same to you buddy!”

Of course I could not be there to give a shout to my favorite young idols.  The day was cold wet and nasty …

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… kind of like what it is like at my employer’s … but I digress. I will try to find and post some more photos and photographer’s photo links of the big day — as long as I don’t get hit with a frying pan.

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You know how “arty farty” professional photographers can get …

This link from Tokyo Girls Update should hold you for awhile.

Starlight: Happy Harrupi Hawkstown Haruka was born on September 19, 1996. Oddly, the same day I bought these stretch pants I am now wearing…

If you want to see more of Kodama-san, please view my Pinterest page for her linked here.

Pokémon Nicknames: Carvanha and Sharpedo.

You will look very stylish in this Carvanha purse!

You will look very stylish in Rio with this Carvanha purse!

Carvanha (in Japanese: キバニア “Kibanha”) is a combo Water/Dark type. Carvanha’s name is based on the words carnivore and piranha. Carvanha evolves into Sharpedo (In Japanese: サメハダー “Samehader”) at level 30, where it remains a dual Water and Dark type.

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The name Sharpedo is a combination of the words shark and torpedo of course. Sharpedo can Mega Evolve into Mega Sharpedo using the Sharpedonite‎.

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Trainers know that these Pokémon are fast, but their defense is weak. You had better defeat your opponent in as few moves as possible, as neither Carvanha or Sharpedo can take many hits. They can be trained to have good Attack stats, and I always like to teach it the “Bite” moves as well as the “Fang” moves (Ice Fang, etc.)

I like to name Carvanha Cuba” or “Havana” after the Cuban capital, and “Carvanha” resonates the same as “Havana”. (Please, Baby … I’m not from Havana.) My favorite Carvanha name however is “Copacabana” after the famous Cuban nightclub, and the famous beach in Brazil. It is also the name of the 1978 Barry Manilow story-song “Copacabana”. Thank you, YouTube user Marina Camacho — but why did you make it a game with the boxes?

Ahem … far be it for a former punk-rocker like me to like Barry Manilow, but I think that this is a fun, and witty song. This song is also now part of my karaoke ensemble (I put it in my “greater than five rum-and-cokes level”). Please view this YouTube video! The user did a super job with the comic drawings to tell the story, and it is even sub-titled in SPANISH for even greater color and flavor.

Mmmmmm … color and flavor, just like a Carvanha at Carnival in Rio must taste.  (Denny rubs chin, sits back … goes into reverie …)

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“music and fashion, were always the passion … at the Copa”

“Carnival” or “Rio”, or related names like “Samba”“Janeiro”, etc  might be good names for Carvanha, but they might not work after it evolves into Sharpedo. Oh, right … I should probably work in some actual Pokémon cosplay at this point:

Names for Sharpedo? I know … you were thinking of names like “Jaws”, etc.

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My favorite Sharpedo nickname is “Shyster” as in a shyster lawyer. Shyster-Lawyer … um, … would not that term actually be redundant? Sometimes lawyers are referred to as “Sharks”. There was even that James Woods TV series called “Shark” where he played a lawyer.

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You may just have fun naming Sharpedo after famous lawyers – such as “F.Lee.Bailey”, or any of the O.J. Simpson legal team. Remember “Ally McBeal”? Female shysters might be given names like “Miranda” after the lesbian-lawyer on the old “Sex-and-the-City” TV show. “Miranda” however, brings to mind the late Carmen Miranda who starred in the Marx Brothers comedy Copacabana!

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You were as colorful as Carvanha!

So, use Miranda for a Carvanha or evolved Sharpedo.

“JumpTheShark” has 12 letters, so it just makes the name size limit. Alternatively, you could use “Jump D.Shark”. I am old enough to remember the episode of “Happy Days” where Fonzie “jumped the shark” (clip linked here) and the phrase became part of American popular culture.

Oh no … has my Pokémon Nicknames series jumped the shark?

References: 1) My hazy memories, clouded with junior high hormones.

2) Bulbapedia  http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Main_Page

3) Serebii dot net   http://www.serebii.net/

“En la Copa… no te enamores … No te enamores”

Pokémon Nicknames: Purrloin and Liepard

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Purrloin (in Japanese: チョロネコ “Choroneko”) is a DARK-type Pokémon. Purrloin evolves into Liepard (in Japanese: レパルダス “Lepardas”) at level 20.

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I am not letting “Tingles” evolve yet.

Purrloin and Liepard can be raised to have very high Speed and Attack stats. These cats are good for a fast attack. I suggest Super-Training the attack stat as high as you can. They better be quick however, as their stock HPDefense and Special Defense stats are low.

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These “Dark” types may learn moves such as “Snarl”, “Nasty Plot”, “Sucker Punch”, “Snatch” and “Payback”.  I think the best move however is “Night Slash” which is a highly-damaging physical attack.

Purrloin is a “cutsey” cat, so I tend to give it “cute” type nicknames. I have used names like names like “Tingles” (You know, like a tingling in the loins) I have used “Scratchy“,  “Mr. Jingles” or “Purple Pain”. I suggest working with the “loins” part of the name such as “Fireloins” or “Loinclothz”. (If only there were enough allowed letters for Fruit-of-the-Loin, darn it!) You can use names one usually uses for the other cat-like Pokémon (Purrugly, DelCatty,etc). Names like “Hissy Fit”, “Nyah Nyah”,  or “Skittles”. I like “Scats” for a Pokémon cat, but sometimes people get the wrong idea.

From Bulbapedia:

“Purrloin is a primarily purple, feline Pokémon. Its head has tufted fur on its ears and cheeks. There are long, tapered violet markings above its green, eyes. It has a diminutive black nose on its creamy muzzle, and a small, oval, cream-colored marking above each eye. Its neck, shoulders, back, and hind paws are also cream-colored. The tip of its tail has a curved, vaguely scythe-like extension. Purrloin is a quadruped Pokémon, but it can stand and walk on its hind legs as well. Purrloin is a mischievous Pokémon that likes to steal from people. It will put on a cute act in order to get its victims to let its guard down. However, it is often forgiven even if it is caught stealing due to its charm. When angered, it fights back with its claws.”

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Perhaps use Deep Purple for a male. “Scratch Fever” perhaps as a nod to Ted Nugent. Sometimes you can get weird with a Nickname. “Hush-Hush” for a quite kitty perhaps. Oddly, although Purrloin can learn the move “Snatch” the name censor will not allow it as part of the name: “SneakySnatch” for example. Purrloin/Liepard has that sharp hook, or scythe as a tail . I wanted to name it “Fair Hooker” after the Monday Night Football reference, but the censor would not allow the “hooker” part. I spelled it “Fair Hookre“.

Liepard is more realistic looking animal. The following is directly from From Bulbapedia:

“Liepard is a slender, purple feline Pokémon speckled with yellow rosettes. Its fur patterning is considered attractive to many Trainers. It has a pink “mask” marking over its eyes, a pink nose, and small yellow markings over its green eyes. It has two pairs of long yellow whiskers, and a tufted yellow underside. Its lower legs are yellow, and each small paw has a pale pink pad that can be seen in Pokedex 3D Pro. It has a long, curving tail with a sickle-like shape toward the tip. Liepard has well-developed muscles that allows it to run silently and strike opponents from behind. It has also been known to vanish and reappear without warning.”

Here is some cool Liepard cosplay. Nice job kids!

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I like the name “Silk Stalker” because silk stockings (“stalking” like a cat, get it?) are very cute. In fact, sexy silk stockings are one of the most life-affirming items a lady can wear …

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… ahem … I think I like female Liepards best. They seem so slinky in their dark-type stalkings (or stockings).  I also like to name a Liepard something like “Leotard” or “Leotards”. The shiny Liepard is a tan-brownish color instead of purple, which is often used as the leopard print color in ladies fashions.

Note that leopard-skin patterns on ladies shoes, leotards, panties, leggings and stockings can be interesting…

VERY interesting.

(Denny swivels bar stool around, begins to feel the three-beer-buzz):  I may digress a little here. Ladies, ditch the pantsuits and jeans and please wear sexy pantyhose more often. Note that wearing sexy stockings is about the biggest turn-on for men. This world needs less fighting over nothing. We need less political bickering …  we need more leggy lady appreciation. My advice? Wear sexy hose the next time you see your fellow.  Especially if you have never tried this, you might be amazed by his interest. (If you are counting, Denny has had four beers now. The truth starts to crystalize.) You see, all this time you had the power to drive him crazy, but you might not have even known how much. Have a little fun with lingerie. I guarantee that you will be on the receiving end of a nice surprise. I looked this up in “The Universal Translator”. Wearing sexy stockings is a non-verbal way of saying that you want your man to perform several hours of cunnilingus.  … um … er … ahem … oh, right … naming Pokémon … 

I also named a male Liepard  “Leotardo” after The Sopranos character.

This was NOT Phil Leotardo.

This was NOT Phil Leotardo.

OK … my mind wanders. “Fancy Pants” may be a cute name. “Prissy” is good for a female. I have used “Fussy Pants” (because apparently you cannot use that other word, even when describing a cat). Cats can be fussy. Think of a cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof. That’s how I feel when I see stockings …

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What is the name for your sexy purple feline? Please Comment!

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Pokémon Nicknames: Cryogonal

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Cyogonal is using what is known in Pokémon battling as a “Special Move”.

Cryogonal (in Japanese: フリージオ  “Freegeo”) was introduced in 2011 in Pokémon Black and White. Cryogonal is an ICE-type Pokémon.

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(Thank you again Bulbapedia)

Cryogonal is basically a big ice crystal or snowflake. The English The name is a combination of “cryo” meaning ice, and hexagon, as many snow flakes are six sided. It does not evolve from any other form. It does not have a Mega-Evolution form. Cyrogonal has neither a male or female form.

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Clearly, Cyogonal is a “gender-less” Pokémon.

Quoted directly from BulbapediaCryogonal resembles a shiny, blue hexagonal snowflake. Its facial expression is frozen, which leaves Cryogonal with a still, aggressive-looking face. Two cracks run through its face, the upper opening contains its eyes and the lower serves as a mouth. It has two glowing eyes and its large mouth contains an extendable chain of ice, which is used for hunting. When its body heat rises it will turn into steam and vanish, but will revert to ice when the body temperature lowers. Cryogonal is born in snow clouds.

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My favorite name for Cryogonal is “Bergeron” after “Bergeron’s concept” in meteorology. Did you know that most rain actually starts out as snow? Even a warm summer raindrop starts out as an ice-cystal in the top, supercooled layer of rainclouds. The ice-cystal attracts moisture from the supercooled cloud droplets – much as the way Cryogonal may use the Pokémon move “Attract”.

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Oddly, Cryogonal may use Attract even though it is GENDER-LESS! If defense is your strategy, Cryogonal may also use the move “Protect“.

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This was the closest free image I could find for Cryogonal using “Protect”.

Other names I have used are: “Whiteout” after the term for Blizzard conditions, “Crystal Beth” after the drug popular with my redneck relatives, “White X-Mas” and “Let-It-Snow” after holiday songs, “Schmidlin” after the famous snow climatologist, and “Eat-My-Sleet” because I thought it would be a funny name to see when the Pokémon switches in to a trainer battle.

I also have Cryogonals named “Heart-of-Ice”, “Wind Rime” (after rime ice, and it sounds like wind chime, which Cryogonal somewhat resembles), “Six Points” like the hexagon or when you are scoring a touchdown, “Robert Frost” for the poet you studied in high school, and “Flakes” as in a crazy person.

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You may think of other snow/ice themed names. Lady cosplayers may like the “Snow Queen” or “Ice Princess” concept.

I suppose that many players may make some type of “Frozen” movie reference. The Snowman song is linked here.

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“Bergeron: Let it SNOW!”

What is the name of your powerful Ice Crystal? Please comment!

Kimonos on Monday: Dreaming of summer again with Mai Shiraishi of the Nogizaka 46.

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Here we are — the dead of winter. Good thing that not everything is dead.

Although it is cold outside, I am going to magically return to June 21st and share this great summer kimono collection. Global Warming be damned.

Who is the dazzling model? This is Japanese singer and model Mai Shiraishi (白石 麻衣). You may know her from the Nogizaka 46. Maiyan was born in Gunma Prefecture, Japan on August 28, 1992. What a co-inky-dink … that was the same day I earned my Ph.D.!!! Such a memorable day that was.

Please enjoy the slide show and dream of happier times in summer.

It is about time that I posted these photos, I have been hanging on to them since summer. I had them posted on my Nogi46 board on Pinterest. They have been popular there, as I see that they have been posted and re-posted many, many times.

Slightly off topic about Pinterest: I have many boards for my interests in Japanese culture. I used to write funny captions (at least I thought they were) for some of my AKB48 pins. It is funny to see many of my pins were re-pinned several times. My original captions are usually with them, as most Pinners do not edit the information. It is good to see that jokes that I made travel around the Internet and even come back to me on the boards which I subscribe to! I am uncredited, but I don’t mind. I just like that the mind of Denny is still zipping around cyberspace.

Starlight: Who knew in ’92 that Planet Deadwood would collide with me in 2016?

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