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“Trying … hard … not … to … love … her … so … much …”

Milky and a kimono that needs to be worn

I hear you Captain Kirk.

I think that anyone would fall for her, Jim. Fanboy that I am — I will share some postings from YouTube that feature the Milky one — Miyuki Watanabe. 2014 was a big year for Watanabe-san, what with winning the Janken and getting her shot at solo work. The sound is a little flat here on this particular live TV performance, but I do not care. YouTube keeps removing all her recent performances, but I keep finding new ones! (They must be good because YouTube keeps removing them!) I’m loving this retro-style 80s-themed song Mr. Akimoto arranged for her. Enjoy this Milky heaven!

I’m so happy she has had a chance to shine solo recently.  She is one of my favorite members. I have always thought that she takes a good photo … However — pity the poor life of the professional photographer! What if you had this job of taking magazine photos of Miyuki Watanabe? Dull, boring, tedious!!! What would be more excruciating than watching Milky make all those poses … taking photos — over and over again. Feel free to waste eight minutes of your coffee break on her photo shoot. My favorite is the “frame” which begins at time 5:24.

On the subject of photos, this is a very cute photography video with SUBTITLES IN ENGLISH!  Here some of the other 48 family members are in a competition to take the best “Gravure” photo. See  the contest amongst between Team Nemousu (Yukirin) VS Team AKB48 Group Alliance (Oya, Kizaki, Kimoto, Shibata and Furuhata of SKE48).  I think that you will find it to be a cute and funny little photo shoot to watch … and, er …

and … oh … (Denny feels weak suddenly, has to sit down on park bench)

Oh … (Denny pauses), oh … (with slightly different vocal inflection).

Oh … Miyuki (Denny takes off cap, exhales, stares at horizon)

NMB48 / AKB48 member Miyuki Watanabe 2014

Miyuki Watanabe … or some type of illusion?

Oh … (Denny takes off glasses, slumps slightly into bench, considers landscape.)

(Exhales again) …Watanabe (Denny sits back up and continues.)

As one can see, the other members do a good job at their amateur-gravure.  There were 468 great shots from many different angles. (I was pulling for Yukirin to win.) I love this clip, because it not only shows how physically beautiful Miss Watanabe is, but this clip also captures the high quality of her character.  Her positive and friendly attitude is very attractive. She is a lovely young woman — inside as well as out.

With so many great photos, it was hard for Milky to choose!  Do you agree with the winning choice?

Please enjoy another Watanabe slide show (captions by Denny).

One last treat for Milky fans: This is a Panasonic commercial which includes a few old photos of Watanabe-san as a little girl! So adorable!

Starlight: varying lengths from the outer arm of the Milky Way.

PS: Inside joke aimed directly at you Bob!

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UPDATE: 01/07/2015: I added the following to this post yesterday. Some bloggers had already commented, so I want to be forthcoming that I have added content here:

Perhaps I could explain my “She is beautiful both inside and out” observation. If you view that clip of the other girls taking the photos, it strikes me how NICE they are to each other. Milky is humble, and respectful. The Japanese girls respect and encourage each other.

What if a similar thing were on an American TV show? The people involved would probably not be so nice. I flip through channels sometimes and see these vulgar American “reality” TV shows (Mtv, E!, etc). You can fill-in the names. These shows always have the chicks giving us — and each other — a lot of “attitude” and they would “dis” each other. There would be no sweetness. On these American shows, the ladies might look hot on the surface, but I estimate that their emotional juices would be very sour. Very nasty. Perhaps good looking on the outside, but very ugly on the inside.*

Not so with Milky and the others. Much more feminine, and full of goodness.

I have this problem where sometimes I have to put something else down (ex. American pop culture) in order to build up something that I like (ex. Japan pop culture). I don’t want to do that. Sorry about that, but I see no comparison (although I know that this is just one example).

*Just another reason why I have given up on American pop culture.

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My blogging year in review Part III: My “bottom ten” posts

Sorry, I only counted NINE bottoms here ...

Sorry, I only counted NINE bottoms here …

As I wrap up my blogging year with another “top ten” list — perhaps a BOTTOM TEN this time —  I want to share my “Top Ten Least Viewed Posts”.  I used the new WP Stats page to see how many views each post received. Some of them even received only one view – and that was probably from me when I was not logged in.  I will admit, some were rather obtuse. I hope that you can find an interesting title in the group.

  1. “Clean up on isle three … Strange person on isle five” linked here.
  1. “Who’s up late polishing the blade?” linked here.
  1. “Nothing fishy going on here” linked here.
  1. “Hanako Oku and the failed Landsat program” linked here.
  1. “MEN!!!”   linked here.
  1. “A dark and nihilistic moment ruined by poor grammar” linked here.
  1. “Even M. Night Shyamalan Didn’t see than one coming” linked here.
  1. “Kimonos on Postage Stamps” linked here.
  1. “Why I like AKB48 Part XXVII” linked here.
  1. “A sense of responsibility changes a woman” linked here.

Thank you for reading my posts this year!

Pokémon Nicknames: Shroomish and Breloom

life could be a dream shroomish

Life could be a dream right now !

Shroomish (in Japanese: キノココ  “Kinococo”) is a GRASS-type Pokémon. Shroomish evolves into Breloom starting at level 23.

I named a Shroomish “Sh-Boom” after the famous song by the do-wop singing group The Chords: “Sh-Boom Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream”). Enjoy.

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Grass types are not afraid of WATER!

Shroomish might make a good cap!

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Great Shroomish cap idea!!!

Perhaps the name “Psilocybin” would work, but I generally do not like drug references.

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Breloom (in Japanese: キノガッサ “Kinogassa”) is a dual-type GRASS-FIGHTING Pokémon.

I think that a good nickname for Breloom would be “Boom Boom” or “Mancini” after the former  Lightweight boxing champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini.

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Breloom is a FIGHTING type, and it looks like a boxer.  Youngstown native “Boom Boom” Mancini is a notable part of boxing history.  Mancini defended his title against Korean challenger Duk Koo Kim.  Boom Boom easily defeated Kim, but knocked him around for 14 rounds. (Video linked here.) Kim suffered brain injuries that lead to his death four days later.  Tragically, Kim’s mother then killed herself.  Oddly, even the Caesars Palace referee for the bout Richard Green, also killed himself. These events haunted the very likable Ray Mancini, and the young boxer retired from the sport just two years later – but I digress once again …

For a female Breloom, I might suggest the name “Bloomers” as in a lady’s unmentionables.

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If you have another name for these Pokémon, please leave your suggested names in the comments below!

 

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Who’s That Pokémon? AKB48 Labrador dreams, and some clarifications from Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Ha Ha. This is actually NOT another Pokemon post.

That is actually the rear end of Mayu Watanabe performing in the music video for the AKB48 single “Labrador Retriever”.  I know, the single was released months ago, and summer is over.  The thing is, the “official” AB48 release of the music video did not come out until August 26th.  If you have seen it before, that means that you were watching one of those illegal-copyright-violating posts from an unauthorized user.  I know I feel safer now.  Of course the organization wanted to squeeze as many sales out of the single as they could before they posted to YouTube – which now makes the video basically a commercial.  Well, I LIKE commercials … almost as much as Watanabe-san’s butt.

Also, another great thing about the official release is that you can turn on HD, and you can turn on ENGLISH translations with the CC button.  See image below– you would have missed that lyric otherwise.

reserved seat for summer

This single has really grown on me.  At first I was so confused by what happens in the video, that I could not enjoy it.  Thanks to a lecture I attended by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson however — now I LOVE IT!   Also, Thank You again, Mr. Yasushi Akimoto for being a creative genius.

There are some pretty strange juxtapositions in the video.  Somehow, Mayu Watanabe is a dog – a Labrador Retriever – even though she is really herself.  Note that Mayu’s picture is even on the bag of dog food shown – or is it human adult food? When I first saw the video, I thought the “dog food” opening was just another of those annoying ads on YouTube.  Admit it, you did too.

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The video opens up a deeply philosophical question: Is Mayu dreaming of being a dog … or is she actually a DOG dreaming of being a human?

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There is a lot of great singing and dancing on the beach!  The lyrics of the song are about waxing nostalgic about an “old friend.”  I have to assume the old friend inferred here is actually a beloved pet – a Labrador.

“The Labrador runs / Along the water’s edge
Bounding through the surf / Inviting us
Chasing him across the sand / Like you did that day
You kick off your sandals / (Laughing)
Shall we / Have our first kiss?”

You can open a window of full lyrics from Studio 48 here.

The girls are having fun, and doing all these things that real dogs too.  Although, oddly — no one’s leg is humped.  At one point, some of them did have to be hosed off however.  We see Jurina Matsui lick her own face.  Is that possible?  Yes, if you have an alternate reality dog-self to do the licking.

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The girls look beautiful of course, and they playfully interact with their “dog selves” as well.  I think that maybe the director thought that they would CGI the dogs in later, but ran out of time or budget.

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The video sure works for me as is.

Also, something I really like about the “official” music video is that you get the end credits during the instrumental “reprise” part of the song.  The credits are arguably as interesting as the dancing.  During the end credits, a few of the girls are walking their dogs along the beach, and well, perhaps I should let Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson explain:

professor tyson explains

“Thanks Denny, love your blog. 

In this last part of the video we see what appears to be random motions of the dogs as they walk along with the AKB members. Although the dogs motions may appear to be random, there is an underlying process which explains the overall movement of the dogs as a linear relationship.  Although the dogs may zig, and zag, their overall trend is a linear one. 

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Thus this invisible ‘AKB force’ demonstrated here, is clearly providing a trend.

The previous part of the video – where Mayu is a dog – may also represent the paradoxical and unpredictable nature of quantum physics at the sub-atomic level. Strange happenings are possible for certain sub-atomic particles.  A particle may disappear in one part of the atom, and re-appear in another.  Get this – sometimes a particle arrives — before it leaves …  very similar to the ‘space-time’ distortions of the AKB girls dancing on the beach with their future-selves.

Also, at the nano-scale it is possible for a girl to also be a dog particle.  As you zoom in closer and closer to each atom, the defining characteristics of “dog” may flip to “hot girl” and not be just a smaller particle of a dog. 

To sum up, these ‘Quantum AKB forces’ present us with  a unifying – and satisfying – variable.  This effectively fills in the missing term in Albert Einstein’s equation for his ‘theory-of-everything’ … And in a very entertaining manner I might add! ”

You’re not really Dr. Tyson, are you?

Starlight: It took me four months to catch up to the sweetness of this music video.  Where is an Astro-physicist when you need one?

Also, if you are big on those music video games, then this link to game footage of the Labrador Retriever song may be of fleeting interest.

DANCING FISH ARE STUCK IN MY HEAD!!!

I follow the J-Pop bloggers Hatchimitsu 2 .  They shared a recent post linked here.  Thank you Violet-Mitsu ! One of the songs that they shared was this song by the J-pop idol group Tsuri Bit .   According to their post,  Tsuri Bit are a “fishing themed idol unit”.  The members are all aspiring champion fisherwomen. They also have “fishing events” with their fans.  If AKB48 are “the Idols you can meet”, then Tsuri Bit are “the idols you can fish with”.

This song “Odoroyo, Fish” means “Dancing Fish” or is it “Dance with Fish?”.  The music video is a very warm, feel-good summer song.  I was very surprised at how much I liked it.  I kept going back to it with my morning coffee a couple of days ago.

… and now it is STUCK IN MY HEAD!!!  People are giving me weird looks in elevators and the grocery store!

Make sure to turn the1080 HD on, its great!  Hmmm…. as cool as the dancing is in this video, they do not actually show any fish (no fish were harmed).

I looked up a few other of the Tsuri Bit songs on YouTube. You know what?  They have other songs that are about fishing too.  The more I looked at … the more I found songs … about fishing!  They are a cute little group – and apparently, all of this groups songs are about FISHING!  Can all of a groups songs always be about the same subject?

The mono-theme reminds me of the old American rock group KISS.  The group made more than 30 albums, but “all of their songs are about (sexual intercourse)-ing”.

These young ladies are OK with me.  If they like fishing, and their fans like fishing, I’m all for it.

Kids, don’t do drugs … FISH!

I also found this nice live performance of the song.

On this one, their Idol outfits are even more maritime themed  … and are those dresses made out of FISH SCALES!?!?

You don’t have to watch this last one (it’s for fans — or fins –only).  I love this little group of ichthyologists.  Their Idol dresses are super-cool-pretty looking here — but it is an outdoor live performance in the rain.  I can taste the salty sea air!

Starlight: Thanks to Hachimitsu2, it arrived in my world in less than a month.

Even M. Night Shyamalan didn’t see that one coming.

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Music videos can be more than just “candy commercials.”  Case in point — I want to share this AKB48 solo music video called “Flower” from (now AKB48 graduate) Atsuko Maeda.  It’s beautiful.  I was drawn in emotionally to the drama and imagery in this little video film.   You can do yourself a favor and watch this on full screen on YouTube in the optional 1080 HD!

“Flower” was the first solo single by AKB48 member Atsuko Maeda (now AKB graduate) and was released in June 2011.  It took two years for this starlight to reach my world.  Atsuko was always one of the most popular AKB48 members, and she was voted #1 member by fans until she graduated in 2013.  To many AKB fans, she is still the “face” of AKB48.  Maeda-san is now a much in-demand actress and model, and she still records enjoyable pop songs.

“Flower” is an absorbing, heartwarming song.  I always loved to see Atsuko Maeda perform it with the group live.  The lyrics were written by AKB48  producer Yasushi Akimoto.  Although AKB48 is known  for fun J-pop song-and-dance numbers, Mr. Akimoto has also written some very poignant ballads, that I believe hold up and translate well into English.  Thank you to Stage48 for lyrics in Japanese, Romanji and English translation.

http://stage48.net/studio48/flower.html

This video has a look like it was taken from a real movie, however it is just a “stand-alone” music video/drama.  Interestingly, the song itself was later used in one of Atsuko Maeda’s films.  Although the dialog, and the singing is in Japanese, I do not think that an understanding of the Japanese language is necessary to enjoy this story.

You just have to have a heart.

“As for this flower
              It’s made entirely of love…”

Music video can be a potent art-form in the right hands.  Without providing too many spoilers, there are two compelling scenes I will describe.  Both of these are “real moments” that affected me on an emotional level.  Such scenes demonstrate the power of the music video format.

At time 3:36:  Atsuko and the little girl, are playing out by the gas pumps, waiting for the van to be ready.  “Dale” is seated inside the gas station, looking out through the glass at Atsuko and the carefree young girl playing.  He feels compelled to get out his wallet in order to look at the photos he carries with him.  Dale starts to miss his own little girl, and looks at a photo of his daughter.  In might not look like much on the surface, but I connected with that.

At time 3:55:  Atsuko knocks on the door of the house, and a male family member comes to the door.   Upon seeing the Atsuko character, the actor’s face goes through several different emotions.  At first surprise at seeing her, then a brief moment of anger (as if he had been thinking all this time “If she dares to ever show her face at this house again , I’m going to …) , then a moment of acceptance, then empathy, and finally — love.  The viewer does not know why Atsuko has been gone, or why she has been on this journey and has taken the big step to return.

Did the ending turn out the way you would expect?  I think that even M. Night Shyamalan would have been surprised.

All comments and observations are valued.

 

Koi Suru Conspiracy Theory

“AKB48 Koi Suru Conspiracy Theory”

AKB48 Music video for “Koi Suru Fortune Cookie”.  This is one the most popular AKB48 songs, released in October 2013, and is another reason WHY I LIKE AKB48.    The song also appears on the new AKB48 album “Tsugi no Ashiato” .   You can watch this music video on this YouTube link.  Make sure to turn on 1080 HD.

=====> Unless that is what the corporation WANTS you to do! … wink, wink.

At first glance, this music video may seem like a happy dance romp about Love and Fortune Cookies. There are many scenes of the AKB48 girls dancing in the street, and interacting with people engaged in everyday Japanese life – day cares, kendo schools, playgrounds, grocery stores, etc. My minions and I however are convinced that this music video masks secret messages pertaining to sinister forces at work, behind the scenes, as well as hiding in plain sight.  Like the famous “Zapruder Film” from 1963, I have analyzed this music video frame-by-frame, in order to uncover a number of truths, missing truths, half-truths, half-lies and various fingers in pies.  You seem skeptical …

Rino Sashihara had just upset Yuko Oshima in the AKB48 voting for 2013.  This is the first music video where Sashi sings center.  Some fans wonder what behind the scenes apparatus had delegated Yuko to 2nd place.  Note that “Akimoto” has seven letters.  “Kennedy” also has seven letters.  President Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin hid in a theater.   Yasushi Akimoto runs a theater where he warehouses AKB48 members.  Coincidence?

The video opens with an American(!) introducing the song.  An American in charge, eh?  Are they saying that Japan is still under the yoke of American hegemony?  Indeed the foreigner’s dialect may be difficult to interpret, but I clearly heard him say:  “Japan ain’t got no money”  … “ain’t got no jobs?”  “bad news…”  … also he says “Japan, go crazy”.  How dare he insult the nation in this way!

Subliminal message moments: 

Apparently the AKB video dance had interrupted a “gay pride” parade.  A display of several “rainbow flags” are notable throughout.  Will Prime Minister Abe take a stance on this issue?   … or will chaotic, but  FABULOUS dancing in the streets force his hand?  The “Seibu Dome” clearly seen in the background has obviously been photo-shopped in — particularly since this video takes place in Tokyo.

Video time 1:36:  There is a tall, pink-haired American transvestite in a parallax view behind Tomomi Itano.  Tomo-chin in fact had graduated – and left the group shortly after this video was released.  Tomo-chin ELIMINATED, with Paruru WAITING IN THE WINGS?  Similar to JFK supplanted by LBJ?  Coincidence?

Time 1:58.  American tourists disrupt the traffic flow in the Tokyo street.  A building in the background is labeled “109”.  John F. Kennedy’s legendary PT Boat was numbered “PT109”  … Coincidence?

Time 2:02Roger Daltrey, (far right) lead singer of British rock band “The Who” is found hiding out in Japanese professional wrestling.  In all of his photos since he “disappeared” several years ago, Daltrey never seems to age.  A youth serum developed by MI-6?  … WHO can say for sure.

Time: 2:32.  AKB48 member, and weather forecaster Yuki Kashiwagi predicts that a center of “Dance Fever” will continue to sweep across  southern Japan.  Global Warming alarmists and Global Warming deniers have both agreed.  Very, very suspicious that this secret treaty (Kyoto to Tokyo) has occurred.

Time 3:17:  American comedian Phyllis Diller, or is it another of Howard Hughes disguises?  Several bottles of Howard Hughes’ urine are observable in the background.  I will not judge.

Time 3:21:  Yuko’s butt.  Or is it?    Look closely …   What are we being led to believe?  … and what does a “Fortune Cookie” resemble … hmmmm …  Skeptics demand to know what happened on her  “grassy knoll” .

Furthermore, the “Fortune Cookie” dance itself may be a complete fabrication !!!

Note that to dance the “Fortune Cookie” dance,  you need to move your arms over-and-back

OVER and back …

… over and BACK

Simply not possible from that angle.

I am being watched …

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You may also watch the “English Subbed” version here on Jpopsuki.  See this link:

http://www.jpopsuki.tv/video/AKB48—Koi-Suru-Fortune-Cookie-%2528eng-subbed%2529/ceb08ba5673eae7802570ae2dc6e752a

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This starlight took 22 days to reach my world.

 

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